STRIDERS HELP FUND THE “BUNK HOUSE” IN SOUTHERN KETTLE MORAINE
New Shelter Dedicated to Tom BunkPosted by Robert Wehner
Tom Bunk Memorial Fund
Tom Bunk was a life-time member of the Badgerland Striders, who served the club in many roles over the years. He primarily ran trail ultra-marathons, and was deeply involved with the events held in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. Tom was a mentor to many runners, a good friend who truly cared about those around him.
After Tom passed away in September of 2014, discussions were held with the DNR about potential projects that could be done to honor his legacy. A permanent shelter building at the Scuppernong tailhead quickly became the goal. Tom had previously requested that anything done in his name also honor his wife Lorraine, and so the “Bunk House” project was started.
The original plan was to have donations raised for the material costs, with the DNR providing the labor. Due to evolving staff levels at the DNR though, the amount needed to be raised grew to encompass the full cost of the shelter. Over the past 2+ years, many individuals and events have contributed to Tom’s fund. The Badgerland Striders have been extremely generous with their support for the project from day one, and earlier this year donated an additional $26,000 to fund the final gap in the budget.
With this commitment from the Striders, the DNR is now moving forward with construction (last year, they had cleared the building site, and harvested trees to be used as support beams in the shelter). On March 25th, an informal ground-breaking ceremony was held at Scuppernong, attended by Tom’s family and many friends. Due to a wet spring, foundation work was delayed until mid-June, and construction is now under way. Everyone is truly grateful for the support shown by the Badgerland Striders, and they look forward to seeing the Bunk House going up this year!
Future updates will follow as construction progresses.
Picture #1 – Craig (T.Bunk’s Son), Kim (Craigs wife) and Lorraine (T.Bunk’s Wife) pose on the site of the Shelter.
Picture #2 – Harvested logs for use in the shelter (Dec.)
Picture #3 – Excavation started (June)
Picture #4 – Foundation work (July)