Avery Pankratz awarded this year’s $500 TETNA scholarship

Tosa East senior Avery Pankratz (left) receives the annual $500 TETNA scholarship from association president Christina Piel at the annual meeting, held Thursday at Cranky Al's.

Tosa East senior Avery Pankratz (left) receives the annual $500 TETNA scholarship from association president Christina Piel at the annual meeting, held Thursday at Cranky Al’s.

We’re pleased to announce that our recipient of this year’s Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association scholarship is Avery Pankratz. She received the $500 scholarship Thursday night at TETNA’s annual meeting at Cranky Al’s.

Avery has been very active at Tosa East, serving as editor in chief of the school yearbook; as a Link leader on the Link Crew, which helps new freshmen adjust to high school; as a peer mentor for Above and Beyond; and as a member of the Tosa East Players, among other activities.

She also has a notable record of community service, working with homeless families at The Gathering and underprivileged children at the Christmas is for Kids event.

The youth group director of Avery’s church describes her as “one of the kindest, smartest, generous, confident, hard-working young adults” she’s ever had the privilege to work with. Through her activities and genuine care for others, Avery has shown that she embodies the philosophy of our neighborhood association.

Next year she will attend Loyola University in Chicago, where she will study in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program.

“We know she will make our neighborhood proud,” scholarship committee chairwoman Nicole Etter said.

Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30pm
Cranky Al’s
6901 W North Ave

Join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 21st at 6:30 pm at Cranky Al’s. All members are welcome to hear updates from our Aldermen, the Police Department, and our Board about our neighborhood and city. We will also be looking for new members of the board for the year – if you are interested in being part of the leadership of TETNA – be sure to attend. Pizza will be provided!

Run Tosa Run prizes showcase best of East Tosa

Run Tosa Run prozes

Photos by David Paulsen and Anthony Sell / Photo illustration by David Paulsen

There’s never been a better time to #runtosarun: The potential rewards are piling up.

REGISTERBUTTONEvery year, East Tosa businesses step up and help us offer our Run Tosa Run 5K race participants some of the best winner prize packages and prize drawings of any 5K around, and this year is no exception. This week, we’re revealing a new prize each day at 5:14 a.m., a nod to our race day — 5/14.

To kick us off, we’re proud to announce another great pair of prize packages for the overall men’s and women’s winners:

Winners Prize Packages (2)

  • $20 gift card to BelAir Cantina
  • $20 gift card to Camp Bar
  • $20 gift card to Hue Vietnamese
  • Two dozen Cranky Al’s donuts
  • Two tickets to Rosebud Cinema

Prize Drawings

And you don’t have to be a fast runner to take home a prize. All of our 5K runners will be able to take part in a drawing after the race for additional prizes from local businesses. Check back at this link each morning this week. We’ll also be posting updates on Twitter and Facebook.

  • 1 Cranky Al’s pizza
  • A night at the movies from Rosebud Cinema (2)
  • $25 gift certificate to Performance Running Outfitters (2)
  • 5-class pass at Tosa Yoga
  • Gift card to WauwaTiki
  • 1 Rocket Baby Bakery bread card (bread for a year)

Rocket Baby also will offer a 10 percent discount to all race participants and volunteers on race day.

BelAir Cantina and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are our lead sponsors this year, and Run Tosa Run again will be raising money to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin. More info on the race is here. And you can register for the 5K or kids run here.

Compete in Run Tosa Run as a team and save

team graef run tosa run finish line

Members of Team Graef sprint to the Run Tosa Run finish line during the 2015 5K race. (Credit: Anthony Sell)

Registration for Run Tosa Run 2016 on May 14 is well underway, and groups of three or more are encouraged to register as a team to compete for the title of our first team champion.

REGISTERBUTTONTeams of any size, from 3 to 303, can compete in the 5K race, and the top three fastest times from each team will be tallied afterward to crown our champion. Just be sure to identify your team name when you register here online.

Also new this year, we’re offering a $5 discount for all 5K runners who register online as part of a team of 6 or more runners. To take advantage of this offer, team captains should email runtosarun@gmail.com with the team name and estimated number of runners.

Team registrations are great for organizations looking to rally members behind a cause, businesses looking to encourage employee fitness or simply friends looking to have a good time together in the beautiful, bustling East Tosa area. And it’s for a great cause: Proceeds from the race will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

For more information, visit our race page at runtosarun.org.

Aldrich Family Blood Drive

Saturday, March 19, 2016
9 am – 2 pm
Roosevelt Elementary School
2535 N 73rd Street (enter 74th Street door)


Please come and donate at Aldrich Family Blood Drive!  Your support is vital to many in the community – please sign up!


Jake was 4 years old when he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma.  He received numerous blood and platelet transfusions that were integral during his 3 1/2 years of treatment.  Jake lost his battle in March 2009 at the age of 7.  His family sponsors two blood drives each year at Jake’s school, Roosevelt Elementary.  Jennifer, Jake’s mom, says, “We hope donors will continue to be there for all the other children who need blood products.”

How to schedule an appointment:

(1) Signup Online
(2) Call Jennifer – 414-810-4793
(3) Email Jennifer

Appointments encouraged, however, walk-ins are welcome.  Open to all… remember to bring an ID or Donor Card. Child care provided.