Holbrook Farms receives $4,100 donation from business that supports veterans

In celebration of its sixth anniversary, Charliemadison Originals recently announced that Detroit Lakes' own Holbrook Farms Retreat was the recipient of a $4,100 charitable contribution. The money will be used to support "Survivors of Heroes" retreats at Holbrook Farms.

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Holbrook Farms Retreat, located in Detroit Lakes, was recently the recipient of a $4,100 donation from Charliemadison Originals, a company that supports military service men and women and their families, through sales of collectible jewelry. The donation will be used to support Holbrook Farms' "Survivors of the Fallen" retreats this year. (Submitted photo)
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Charliemadison Originals , an organization that supports military service members and families through sales of collectible jewelry, recently announced that Detroit Lakes' own Holbrook Farms Retreat was the recipient of a $4,100 charitable contribution.

To date, Charliemadison Originals has donated more than $17,000 and given more than $5,000 in product donations to support fundraising events for additional non-profit groups over a six-year period.

“It is always an honor to make this annual donation and we couldn’t be more thrilled to provide it to Holbrook Farms in support of the ‘Survivors of the Fallen 2021’ retreat this year,” said Wendy Hively, owner and founder of Charliemadison Originals. “Our incredible community of loyal customers who believe in our mission of supporting military service members and their families are truly the ones who make this possible.

"Knowing that our jewelry helps military families like mine stay connected to reassure them that they’re not alone during the uncertainty of military life gives me a greater sense of purpose to continue inspiring a new generation of military families.”

Located in Detroit Lakes, Holbrook Farms is a working farm, bed and breakfast-style event center that serves as the primary location for 'Survivors of Heroes' retreats. The organization was founded by Air National Guard officers Micaela and Matt Brancato, whose vision for hosting retreats for military survivors began in 2011 after military-related fatalities of friends.


Holbrook Farms will welcome two groups of military widows to the 2021 summer “Survivors of Heroes Retreat” and will cover the costs to allow 15 Gold Star children to attend camp while their parents stay at Holbrook Farms. Holbrook is also hosting its first “Sisters of the Fallen” Retreat during the summer.

“Our mission at Holbrook Farms Retreats is to ensure that every survivor, Gold Star kid and sister of the fallen feel special and that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Sharing a Charliemadison Originals piece or knowing their team sponsored a guest is such a gift. It's the best example of how we can truly do big things together,” said Micaela Brancato.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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