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Peep inspired art raises money for the community


Sugar, corn syrup, gelatin and food dye. Four simple ingredients that make up Marshmallow Peeps, a sugary treat found in Easter baskets this time of year. Although the recipe hasn't changed much in the last 60 years, how people enjoy them has.....with contests and competitions popping up all over the country.


For over a decade, a dedicated group of Bay View friends have gotten together to share their love of peeps, art and fundraising at the "Peep Show". Held each year on the Sunday before Easter, this family-friendly event is open to artists of all ages. "This candy item has been around for so long, it holds a fond place in people's memories," says Kate O'Keefe, organizer of the peep show. Today, the Tonic Tavern in Bay View is lined with a variety of peep-themed sculptures, dioramas and art inspired by peeps of all colors and shapes.


Kate's background in non-profit development and fundraising has helped put the 'fun' back in fundraiser. Between raffle prizes donated by Bay View businesses and Tonic donating a portion of sales from the day, this feels like a real community event. The Peep Show has raised thousands of dollars throughout the years for area non-profits. This year's recipient is The Wisconsin Humane Society, an organization that is near and dear to Kate's heart. (see the peep sculpture above of her sweet dog, Iggy) 


Click the player above to hear more from Kate and learn what inspired Patty to contribute to this year's Peep Show. 

Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee