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Melody's Hope for Children Tailgate 2018

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 2018 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. 


Event Details

I Want to Buy Tailgate Tickets!

Date: Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Time: 3:00-6:00pm preceding kickoff of the Wisconsin Badgers vs Nebraska football game (game time 6:30pm)

Location: Hausmann-Johnson Insurance parking lot - 700 Regent Street, Madison, WI 53715

Tailgate Entails: Food (from food carts!) and Beverages, a 50/50 Raffle, and Special Guests

Tickets: $50 Per Person, Children 12 and under are free

Parking: A very limited number of spots will be available first come, first served the day of the tailgate.  $20 per spot.

Tailgate tickets are limited, so sign up soon! 

Can't Attend? Donate!

I Want to Donate!

If you can't attend the tailgate, but would still like to donate to the American Family Children's Hospital, you can!

100% of the money raised will make an immediate impact on the families and children at the hospital.

*How to donate on our Eventbrite page: Click on the 'tickets' button and you will see an option to donate.



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30 Days of Hope Auction

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From September 6th to October 6th we are launching the 30 Days of Hope Campaign. Please join by bidding on our generously donated items from Wisconsin businesses and Hausmann-Johnson associates. 


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.