Raising the bar on giving back

Barb’s Pub & Grub holds fundraisers for a host of different charities

BARB ROBILLARD, OWNER of Barb’s Pub and Grub in Fredonia, regularly holds events or makes her establishment available to benefit a variety of charities. She is pictured holding a thank-you plaque from the Warren Kane American Legion Post 410 and standing before a bulletin board full of notes of appreciation from beneficiaries. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

A lot of bars, the saying goes, is where everybody knows your name.

But for Barb Robillard, owner of Barb’s Pub & Grub in Fredonia, she not only knows your name, she also probably knows your favorite charity.

Located at 504 Fredonia Ave. in the center of the village, Barb’s Pub and Grub often has a fundraising event going on to benefit well  known charities, local groups and even individuals or families going through tough times.

“People are in need and they need it more than I do,” Robillard said last week. 

Her bar, for instance, is where the Warren Kane American Legion Post 410 holds its brat frys. She recently received a plaque of appreciation from the post for her support.

And once a month — on the third Saturday or Sunday, “depending on when the Packers are playing — is bingo night for charity.

“We play bingo just for fun but we do raffles and people donate $5 for the raffle tickets. That money goes to a charity,” she said. “And we match what’s raised.”

The charity to benefit varies from month to month, she said. The most recent bingo night resulted in $500 being donated to the Saukville Community Food Pantry.

Other beneficiaries have included the Ozaukee High School post prom, Divine Savior Catholic School and St. Mark Lutheran Church in Belgium. 

Robillard said there’s no science to picking which charity to benefit.

“Sometimes someone has cancer, MS (multiple sclerosis) or something and someone asks,” she said. “It can depend on the time of year too, like around Christmas. Or sometimes someone asks if they can put up a poster (for a cause) and we let them know we’ll do a fundraiser.”

Robillard has been operating her bar with her husband, John, for more than two years. The Cedarburg native gave up a “corporate job down in Chicago” to open the bar.

“We are from Ozaukee County and we just want to give back,” she said. “We’re very community oriented.”

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