The following blog was submitted by Paula Tonn, resident of Lodi, WI.  Paula and her family have been fantastic supporters of the LCAT Block Party Wagon and of the Lodi Pride Campaign.  LCAT would like to offer a $20 Downtown Coffee Grounds gift card to the first person who reserves the LCAT Block Party Wagon after this blog post is published.  To receive the gift card, you must mention in your reservation that you read this blog post.  To reserve the wagon, please click here.  To read Paula's blog, please read below:

The Elizabeth Street Block party has become a great tradition in our neighborhood.  With people's hectic schedules and cold winter weather, it can be difficult to introduce yourself to neighbors and cultivate friendships. 

 The picture above was taken at the annual Elizabeth Street Block Party in June 2014 (compliments of Paula Tonn).

The picture above was taken at the annual Elizabeth Street Block Party in June 2014 (compliments of Paula Tonn).

The LCAT Block Party Wagon and support from LCAT staff makes it really easy to host a great party.  Invitations, games, tables, chairs, a grill, and speakers for music are all included.  Sharing a meal together, even if it is once a year, helps build community.  People are more likely to wave, slow their driving, keep an eye out for trouble, and take a positive interest in our family.  It can change a feeling from "I just live here" to "I belong here."  The LCAT Block Party Wagon helps make Lodi our hometown.

 Pictured above is Peter Tonn, who is using the gas grill from the LCAT Block Party Wagon during the annual Elizabeth Street Block Party in June 2014.  Also pictured are the chairs, tables and blue tents from the wagon.  (Photo compliments of Paula Tonn)

Pictured above is Peter Tonn, who is using the gas grill from the LCAT Block Party Wagon during the annual Elizabeth Street Block Party in June 2014.  Also pictured are the chairs, tables and blue tents from the wagon.  (Photo compliments of Paula Tonn)

-Paula Tonn, resident of Lodi, WI

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