Melody's Hope for Children Tailgate

American Family Children's Hospital is a comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center featuring nationally recognized pediatric specialists. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the state-of-the-art facility wins widespread praise for its expert care and a warm, soothing atmosphere that enhances a child's ability to heal.

Our 2019 fundraising goal is $60,000. 100% of the money raised will be donated to the American Family Children's Hospital to support patients and their families.  We encourage you to view the video below to understand the WHY behind our mission to give back. 

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 Event Details

Date: September 28th, 2019 vs. Northwestern Wildcats

Time: TBD - 3 hours prior to kickoff

Location: Hausmann-Johnson Insurance's parking lot | 700 Regent St, Madison, WI 53715

Tailgate Includes: Food and Beverages, a 50/50 Raffle, Special Guests, and Online Auction!

Tickets: $50 per person | Children 12 & under are free


Highlights from our 2018 Tailgate

Melodys Hope for Children Tailgate 2018


Thank you Sponsors!



Findorff sentry
Uno Pizzeria Travelers

Park Bank




Chubb Insurance

Dean Health Plan
Society Insurance





National Rivet

Delta Dental



emc-insurance Cascade Development
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American Printing


Alexander Company

Mega Rentals Pellitter Waste Systems
Full Compass Tools of Marketing


For more information on Melody's Hope for Children Tailgate, please contact Cassie Hopkins, Marketing Events Project Specialist at 608.535.3852 or by email at

Online Auction

Bid on our generously donated items from local businesses on our online auction site!  All proceeds go to the American Family Children's Hospital.

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If you can't attend our tailgate but would still like to help us make our fundraising goal, you can still donate to Melody's Hope for Children Tailgate.

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Melody's Story


Melody Hope grew up in Iowa and her first career was in nursing. This career path exposed her to health insurance claims and Melody found that she had an interest in learning more about the insurance industry.

Eventually, she moved to Madison where she married John and raised two children, Sarah and Sam, of whom she was very proud.  She began working for Hausmann-Johnson Insurance in 1992 and it wasn’t long before she was offered ownership in the agency. Under her leadership, the Employee Benefits department grew into one of the strongest and most successful in the Wisconsin area.  Melody was often the voice of reason in management meetings, had very high ethical standards, and kept everyone focused on doing right by the client. She served on the Executive Management Committee and the Board of Directors of HJI for many of her 23 years with the agency.

Melody had many hobbies and interests. She was a prolific knitter who loved to share the fruits of her labors with others. She also loved children and talked about how one of her greatest desires in retirement would be to volunteer in a children’s hospital. She felt that this was an area where she could make a positive impact and give back.

Sadly, Melody never had the chance to participate in that volunteer work as she lost her fight with cancer in August of 2015. 

Because Melody never had that chance to volunteer in retirement, we have taken it upon ourselves to volunteer our time, energy, and talents on behalf of the American Family Children’s Hospital. We can think of no finer way to honor her memory. She was a good friend, a mother, a wife, a vibrant spirit, a kind and generous person, and a wonderful colleague who will never be forgotten.