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Creative givers force behind new organization

Dr. Turner Berg (Submitted photos)1 / 2
Reed Grimm 2 / 2

An Ellsworth native is the originator of a non-profit organization being formed to harness creative talents for the public good.

Dr. Turner Berg, a 1993 Ellsworth High School graduate, said Thursday he’s in the process of establishing the group called Massive Amounts of Good (MAOG). Its mission is to leverage the members’ creativity to help the needy.

“I’ve been involved with creative ventures for over a decade now and I’ve always been interested in how they could serve others,” Berg said.

The former EHS actor could see the potential for such an entity to be successful as he transitions away from the performing arts into education, he said. Berg got to work with some noted entertainers while living in the Detroit area for approximately five years, several of whom will headline upcoming Midwestern concerts on a tour MAOG is arranging, each to raise money for causes near and dear to him.

“I have a personal interest in the nutritional needs of children in the Midwest,” he said, explaining his choice of Open Arms (a Minnesota non-profit cooking and serving meals to people with diseases) for a Minneapolis tour stop on Wednesday, Sept. 25, WAFER (providing after-school snacks to children at Boys and Girls Clubs) for a La Crosse stop on Thursday, Sept. 26, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin (seeking to end hunger in that region through community partnerships) for a Madison stop on Friday, Sept. 27, and Blessings in a Backpack (a neighbor-to-neighbor program dedicated to keeping school students who receive low-income meals on weekdays from going hungry on weekends) for a Troy, Mich., stop on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Berg acknowledged he sensed the talents’ willingness to contribute, but also recognized they were lacking a conduit like MAOG, necessary to make it possible.

“They spend all of their time creating,” he said, realizing their forte isn’t particularly event-style fundraising.

On the tour are both national and local artists, each of whom is a personal friend from his time as an actor/musician, Berg said. Included is Reed Grimm of Ellsworth, who joined him and another tour notable, D.J. Head, in Detroit.

Head is a Grammy Award winner from producing and co-producing songs for Eminem. He’s also the house DJ for AirTime Trampoline and Game Park, where Grimm has performed. Head produced tracks for Jay-Z, Xzibit and Funkmaster Flex as well.

For more please read the Sept. 11 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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