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Family keeps alive farmer's dream of helping others

Family keeps alive farmer's dream of helping others

Lake Geneva Area News

By Travis Northern tnorthern@lakegenevanews.net

ELKHORN — A local family has donated 1,200 pounds of beef to the Walworth County Food Pantry in memory of a young farmer who tragically lost his life recently. Nick Sergi, owner and operator of Sergi Farms LLC in Elkhorn, passed away in October at age 28 due to injuries sustained in an accident. He is survived by his parents, Dominic and JoAnn, his brothers, Dominic Jr., Joe and Will and his dog, Bulleit, all of whom miss him dearly. “When Nick died, we went into his house,” his father said. “On the table, there was a little piece of paper from a fortune cookie, and it said, ‘Giving Makes You Smile.’ He saved that piece of paper. This tells you what kind of kid he was.” To honor Nick’s life and fulfill one of his last commitments, Nick’s family and friends have donated beef from three of his cows to four southeastern Wisconsin food pantries. Dominic, Joe and Will — along with Nick’s friends, Jake Meyers and Bryant Meinel, who now manage Sergi Farms — delivered 1,200 pounds of ground beef Jan. 11 to the Walworth County Food Pantry. After unloading 29 boxes of fresh beef from their trailer, they joyously shook hands with the pantry’s directors, board members and volunteer workers. “You’re helping so many people,” pantry director Susan Hughes told the Sergi family. “This is so appreciated by all of us. Ground beef is so hard to get.” The beef will be distributed among the Walworth County, Elkhorn, Delavan and Lake Geneva food pantries, where it will be offered to hundreds of needy families in the coming days. “It feels good to carry out Nick’s wishes,” said Joe, one of Nick’s brothers. Nick began farming in 2012, and he purchased the 143-acre Elkhorn farm in early 2017. After a year and a half of success with his new venture, he resolved to give back to his community. “Before he passed, it was a conversation I was having with Nick,” his father, Dominic, said. “He said he was going to donate some cattle.” According to his father, Nick was very religious. He always carried a Bible in his backpack, and his faith motivated him to help those in need. As a result, Nick wanted to donate three heads of his cattle to nearby churches. However, the Sergi family could not find a church with enough freezer space to store 1,200 pounds of beef, which is why family members gave it to food pantries instead. “It’s going to feed an awful lot of people,” Dominic said. In addition to the food pantry donation, Nick’s legacy of compassion and generosity lives on through “Giving Makes You Smile,” a crowdfunding campaign on gofundme.com. Shortly after Nick’s passing, his family started the campaign to raise money for causes important to him. They initially wanted to raise $10,000 to benefit the Elkhorn Sno Drifters, the Lakeland Animal Shelter and the FFA. Thus far, the “Giving Makes You Smile” campaign has raised $118,000. “We are going to miss Nick’s humor, his laugh, his smirk, his faith, his unwavering beliefs, his incredible friendship, and the way he lit up a room when he walked in,” the Sergi family wrote for the fundraiser. “But these are also the things keeping us going. He truly was one-of-a-kind.