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For the month of March, O’Lydia’s Bar and Grill is hosting a "Buy a Badge for Rittner" fundraiser for MPD Officer Matthew Rittner's wife and son. Rittner was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 9.
O’Lydia’s has not set a price to buy a badge, rather leaving it up to patrons to determine the amount of the donation. One hundred percent of proceeds from sold badges will be given directly to Rittner's family.
"Anyone can ‘buy a badge’ for any amount to help Officer Rittner's family," says Rick Sackett. "Donations can be any denomination and there is no limit to the number of times you can donate."
Upon purchase, the badges will be affixed to the walls with the goal of "wallpapering" the entire bar with badges.
"We're sad to have to run this promo again, but wanted to do something," says Sackett.
O'Lydia's offered this promotion in September 2018 after the shooting death of officer Michael Michalski.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.