Muskego - There's a new petro fueling Muskego Senior Taxi's Third Annual Oktobersfest fundraiser on Oct. 27. It's beer.

Can't make it? Then, attend the taxi service's Nov. 12 bake sale.

Money raised at the events keep the ride service rolling for residents with cognitive disabilities and seniors 65 and older.

Organizers are hoping that a new attraction, craft beer brewed in Wisconsin, will interest at least 200 donors to attend this year's fall celebration.

Oktoberfest will be 6-9 p.m. at Aud-Mar Banquet Hall/Bass Bay Brewhouse, S79 W15851 Aud-Mar Drive.

"It's our first time at Aud-Mar Banquet Hall/Bass Bay Brewhouse, and the first time we're having beer tastings from Wisconsin breweries," Karin Nickels, taxi service director, said.

The Brewhouse and four other breweries will offer 16 craft beers. Aud-Mar will cook German  appetizers (vorspeise), served by volunteer taxi drivers.

"Community businesses have been so supportive in providing raffle prizes," Nickels said. A silent auction closes and raffle winners drawn at 8:30 p.m.

Taxi cab users emphasize the important roll the transportation service plays in their daily lives.

"I am proud to be working in my community," Justin Kuehl said. "I work at Walmart in Muskego and really like it.  It makes me feel good about myself.

"The Muskego taxi volunteers pick me up in the mornings on the days I work and get me to Walmart on time. I am grateful to the volunteers because, if not for their help, I would not be able to work."

Jeremy Kline uses the Muskego Senior taxi to go to work two days a week at InPro in Muskego. Klinegrew up in West Allis and was known in 1985 as the Candy Cane Lane kid because at the age of 5, he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and the neighborhood rallied around him to raise funds for Children's Hospital's service to childhood cancer.

Tickets are $35 at the door. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Each of the past Oktoberfests have attracted about 150 attendees.

The bake sale will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Muskego Regency fall craft fair at Racine Avenue and Woods Road.

The Regency provides office space for the taxi service and underground parking for its vehicles.

The service with an annual budget of $117,000 provides 300 to 400 rides monthly with the three vehicles it owns, driven by about 30 volunteers, Nickels said. It began in 2008.

The budget finances equipment purchases, maintenance and insurance, she said.

The service is always in need of volunteers, she said. Call 262-6769-4754 to volunteer or for more information about the fundraisers.


and older since 2008, operates weekdays and provides low-cost personalized transportation services

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