The 7th Annual Restoring Hope Gala | Nov. 12, 2021
We are excited to announce that our 7th Annual Restoring Hope Gala will take place on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay. For the past six years, we have watched this signature fundraiser grow into an extraordinary night of community partnerships to care for our homeless brothers and sisters.
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s event raised over $155,000 to help offset costs of providing overnight shelter, mental health counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, medical care, women’s specific services, and employment readiness across three locations to those struggling with the effects of homelessness in Green Bay.
At this year’s 7th Annual Restoring Hope Gala, hope and inspiration will fill the room. Y100’s Randy “Shotgun” Shannon will emcee the event with WBAY’s Bill Jartz as our auctioneer. We will also have a virtual option for those wishing to support from the comfort of their home.
Because health and safety is paramount during these times, St. John’s will be working with the Radisson to have the highest standards in place.
This year’s Restoring Hope Gala will be an evening filled with hope and inspiration, fun and friends, coming together to support our homeless brothers and sisters right here in Green Bay.
The Gala Hosts
Randy “Shotgun” Shannon has returned home to the station he put on the air twenty-five years ago. Shotgun has literally grown up in radio, with his first gig at age 14, playing records and running Brewer games. Now, with a lot less hair, a wife and two daughters later, Shotgun brings his humor, country music knowledge, and love of brats back to the Shotgun & Charli morning show on Y100, where he is “having an absolute blast” with Charli McKenzie.
A strong member of the community, Randy is active in many charitable organizations around Northeast Wisconsin. When he is not busy, you will find him smoking meats of all varieties, and creating homemade BBQ sauce.
Gala Auctioneer | Bill Jartz
Raised in Clintonville, Wisconsin, Bill Jartz earned All-State recognition as a high school football player. He received an athletic scholarship to attend Northwestern University, where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. “I was always interested in journalism and sports, and this is the perfect combo. TV is where it’s at when it comes to live sporting events.”
Bill began his career as the 10 o’clock sports anchor at WSAW-TV in Wausau, but confesses he felt ecstatic about coming to WBAY-TV in 1983. “I grew up watching Channel 2,” Bill recalls. “I’m lucky enough to have hooked up with the best.”
As the WBAY sports director, Bill won the admiration of Northeast Wisconsin’s sports fans, performing play-by-play duties for pre-season Packer football games, and hosting the award-winning “Monday Night Kick-Off” throughout the regular schedule.
His personal experience and strong work ethic helped Bill earn the Wisconsin High School Baseball Coaches Association Media Award in 1989, and also the WIXX Media Personality Award. In late October, 1998, Bill followed the path of another sports veteran– Chuck Ramsay– to assume a new challenge as a news anchor, joining Cami Rapson on Action 2 News at Ten. Bill felt it was time for a change, and it also gave him weekends free to spend with his wife, Mary.
Four years later, with the retirement of the venerable anchor, Bill followed in Chuck’s footsteps again to assume the mantle of 5 and 6 p.m. co-anchor.
On Green Bay Packers home game days, Bill can be heard as the Voice of Lambeau Field. He started as the public address announcer with the 2005 preseason.
Bill has appeared on the Cerebral Palsy Telethon and proudly supports Childrens Wisconsin and the March of Dimes. He’s also involved in Ducks Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited, ASPIRO, among others.
Married since 1984, Bill and his wife own two dogs and enjoy relaxing with friends at home. Bill’s other interests include hunting, fishing, and physical fitness. When the opportunity arises, he also likes assisting at a friend’s dairy farm. “It takes me back to my roots,” Bill explains.
Lexie Wood, St. John’s Executive Director
Alexia (Lexie), Executive Director, provides overall strategic vision and leadership across St. John’s three locations: St. John’s Shelter, the Micah Center, and Wellspring. Lexie is a native Wisconsinite who has worked in the nonprofit sector, focused on homelessness and addiction, for fourteen years. Since coming to St. John’s in 2012, she quickly tells people that she is doing exactly what she was created to do, living out a calling on her life she first identified as a 4th grade student. Lexie received her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a focus on ending homelessness through systemic change. She holds additional degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Evangel University. Alexia is passionate about change and, with her faith as the primary driver, truly believes that every single person is worthy of love, belonging, and grace. When not at St. John’s, Lexie can be found embracing her favorite role: that of mom and foster mom (where she’s been mom to 11 children!). She loves the outdoors, is always seeking adventure, and keeps the coffee and music going all day long.