Recoveron Hosts Tailgate Parties to Benefit American Red Cross

Packer fans can now have their brats and help out a good cause at the same time! Recoveron Restoration Services is hosting three more Packers pre-game tailgate parties to raise funds for the local American Red Cross. Recoveron’s tailgate fundraising goal is to raise more than $1,500.

 “On a regular basis, we see firsthand the good work done by the Red Cross,” said Andy Kaye, president of Recoveron. “As a local restoration company, we work with individuals, families and businesses that have just experienced a significant disaster in their lives, including fires and floods. These tailgate parties will raise money to help the Red Cross continue to provide much needed services.”

 During local – and national – disasters, the Red Cross provides basic emergency needs such as shelter, food, medications, baby formula and more. This is on top of the emotional support and health services the Red Cross provides at the scene of disasters; most of which are local fires. “With support from business like Recoveron, we are better prepared and ready to respond around the clock,” said Steve Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive for the local Red Cross. “Plus, it’s a great idea to combine a tailgate party with a fundraiser – it really makes for a festive atmosphere and helps a great cause.”

 Three tailgate parties are scheduled for upcoming home games:

  • Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 12:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. game time). Bent Grass, a local bluegrass band will perform at 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday October 16, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. (Noon game time)
  • Monday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m. (7:30 p.m. game time)

 Entry to all tailgates parties is free, with food and beverages for a donation. All tailgate parties take place at

2036 S. Ridge Road, Green Bay (one block south of Kroll’s West) and are open to the public.

Recoveron Restoration Services is a full-service restoration company, specializing in fire, water and mold restoration for both commercial and residential losses. Recoveron serves all of eastern Wisconsin with locations in Green Bay and Plymouth, WI. For more information, go to: www.recoveron.com

 The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.newredcross.org or join our blog at http://newredcross.org.

 Media Contact:

Kristin Rabas – Leonard & Finco Public Relations

(920) 965-7750 x152

krabas@LFpublicrelations.com

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American Red Cross Dancers Announced for the 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars Fundraising Event

On Wednesday, September 28 the ten celebrity all-star dancers were announced for the 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross. This event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel, Green Bay.

The 2012 “Dancing with the Stars celebrity line-up includes:

  • Kate Burgess, Owner/President of FulfillNet
  • Tommy Fox, On Air Personality WIXX
  • Brad Hutjens, Vice President/Chief Credit Officer of Nicolet National Bank
  • Staci Kring, Senior Vice President, Retail Sales, of Schreiber Foods
  • Tom Lemkuil,  Architect
  • Dawn McCoy, Owner of Tranquility Spa
  • Tricia Nell, Attorney, Liebmann Conway Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C.
  • Rebecca Schuld, Meteorologist, WBAY-TV2
  • Matt Smith, Weekend Morning Anchor, WBAY-TV2
  • Robert (Bob) Warpinski Jr, IBM Senior Location Leader & Client Executive, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Brown County

To view additional pictures of the live announcement click HERE.

These ten celebrities will be trained in two ballroom dances by DanceSport of Green Bay under the direction of Janet Gollnick, former Midwest champion. Their dance partners will be accomplished and skilled college-aged dancers from DanceSport of Green Bay.

The winner of the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy will be the dancer who is most supported by public and event votes. Votes will be in the form of dollars donated in support of the star dancer, both at the Dancing with the Stars event and dollars pledged in the name of the dancer prior to February 18.  Awards presentation include “Judge’s Choice” and “People’s Choice” trophies.

We are honored to have Dan Messenger of Milwaukee, a former National Champion and acclaimed Ballroom Judge, as judge.  Master of ceremonies for the event will be WBAY Anchors Cami Rapson, George Graphos and Chris Roth.

All proceeds for the event go to support local programs and services for the American Red Cross.

Tickets for the event will be on sale at the American Red Cross in Green Bay, starting January 4, 2012.

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Announces Dancers for the 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars Fundraising Event

Last Year's Mirror Ball Trophy Winner, Kurt VandenHouten Photo Courtesy artessence, LLC

Join us Wednesday, September 28 for the live announcement of our all star line up for the 4th Annual “Dancing with the Stars” fundraising event. This event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel, Green Bay.  Social hour begins at 4:30pm and dinner/program beginning at 5:30pm.

Announcement: Wednesday, September 28

Where: WBAY Auditorium,115 S. Jefferson St.,Green Bay

Time: 6:30pm

There will be ten Northeast Wisconsin celebrities participating in this fundraising event. Celebrities will be trained in two ballroom dances by DanceSport of Green Bay under the direction of Janet Gollnick, formerMidwest champion. Their dance partners will be accomplished and skilled college-aged dancers from DanceSport of Green Bay.

The winner of the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy will be the dancer who is most supported by public and event votes. Votes will be in the form of dollars donated in support of the star dancer, both at the Dancing with the Stars event and dollars pledged in the name of the dancer prior to February 18.  Awards presentation include “Judge’s Choice” and “People’s Choice” trophies. 

 We are honored to have Dan Messenger of Milwaukee, a former National Champion and acclaimed Ballroom Judge, as judge.  Master of ceremonies for the event will be WBAY Anchors Cami Rapson, George Graphos and Chris Roth.

All proceeds for the event go to support local programs and services for the American Red Cross.

Tickets for the event will be on sale at the American Red Cross in Green Bay, starting January 4, 2012.

Who Knew? Today is Fall Prevention Awareness Day

September 23 is Fall Prevention Awareness Day

The American Red Cross Lifeline Program is celebrating Fall Prevention Awareness Day by joining organizations in 34 states to increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.

Why you ask? Seniors are living longer and remaining in their own homes; however, falls have become an epidemic problem that jeopardizes seniors’ chances to live independently. Every year in theU.S., one out of three people age 65 and over will fall. This statistic translates to 13.3 million people who will fall in 2011, or one person falling every 2.3 seconds on average. The good news is that there are things seniors can do to lower the risk of falling.  The American Red Cross Lifeline program wants to raise awareness of the programs and services that can help reduce falls and fall-related injuries to help seniors in our community prevent, prepare and have early response to emergencies at home.

To register for the American Red Cross Lifeline Service, please call 1-800-959-6989.

To learn about online educational tools, visit http://www.lifelinesys.com/affiliate/redcrossma.

You Can Participate in National Liver Awareness Month!

In just the first six months of 2011, nearly 14,000 patients received organ transplants in the United States. As we speak, approximately 16,000 patients are awaiting liver transplants. October is National Liver Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross reminds donors about the importance of donating blood as many organ transplant recipients require several blood transfusions during surgery.

The need for blood is constant and the blood supply must be regularly replenished to help transplant patients and others, such as accident victims and premature babies. That is why it is so important for generous donors to give often. Recent storm-related events continue to take a toll as floodwaters and wildfires have inundated entire communities and forced the cancellation of nearly 150 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a shortfall of more than 4,700 blood donations.

With your help, we are able to fulfill our mission of saving lives. Thank you for your continuing support to help spread the word about upcoming American Red Cross blood drives.

Please visit redcrossblog.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for a blood drive nearest you!

You Can Save Lives Tomorrow!

UW-Green Bay alumni carry the message of life-changing experience

Congratulations to Regional Volunteer and Communications Director, Jody Weyers, for making the UW-Green Bay “Changing your Life; Changing your World” alumni display. Check out her picture this year in the halls of Mary Ann Cofrin.

Sometimes it’s the UW-Green Bay alumni who can speak most powerfully to the UW-Green Bay experience. That is the thought behind the new alumni display in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. Admissions personnel wanted to liven up their campus tours while leaving a strong impression of the UW-Green Bay experience with potential students and their parents. The lead panel says it all: “A UW-Green Bay education is a life-changing experience, and our 29,000 alumni carry that life change well beyond the boundaries of our campus…meet just a few of the UW-Green Bay alumni who are changing the world…” Not meant to be a “Hall of Fame” or an all-inclusive list, instead alumni for this display were selected because of their impressive stories spanning academic disciplines and career choices.

Story: Red Cross Reaches Out to Aid Vermont Flood Family

Check out local volunteer, Lori Delain, of Casco and 19 year Red Cross Disaster Volunteer, doing great work while on her recent deployment to Vermont. Great Job Lori! We are so proud of you!  

This story was written by Red Cross volunteer Allen Crabtree.

Red Cross client case worker Lori Delain interviews Joe and Detra Mailhiot during an outreach visit to Mailhiot’s home damaged in flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

Vermont was hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene, with hundreds of roads and bridges washed away and homes and whole communities inundated by flood waters. Many homes were isolated by the storm, and the American Red Cross has mounted an aggressive outreach effort to contact them and provide emergency disaster relief. One family visited by a Red Cross client services outreach team was Joe and Detra Mailhot who live on the side of Brandon Mountain on Vermont Route 73, a road completely washed away near Rochester, Vermont.

“I had gotten home from work on the night shift and was lying down to rest,” recounted Detra, standing in the dooryard of what was left of their home. “My husband Joe had been watching the water rise in the brook up the mountain and when it washed out the culvert and all the water started rushing down the road toward the house he yelled to me and our son William ‘get out of the house – now!’” The Mailhot family jumped into waist-deep flood waters and was able to escape down the mountain to safety. The flood waters undermined their house and collapsed part of it, leaving the rest at a crazy angle against the side of the mountain.

Vermont Route 73 and key bridges were washed out west and east of their home, and it was only when a temporary bridge was installed across the West Branch of Brandon Brook west of their home several days later was it possible to reach there by car from any direction.

Scott Stevens, a Work Crew Supervisor with the Vermont Department of Corrections, heard about the Mailhot family’s plight and notified the Red Cross disaster relief operation in Rutland. Together with a crew and tools to work on the house and a generator, the Red Cross sent Client Services Caseworker Lori Delain and Health Services RN Jan Dayton to make an outreach visit to the family. Red Cross bulk distribution supplies, including clean up kits, cots and blankets, drinking water and food were also brought to the Mailhots.

“Joe and I have been together 31 years and we’ve lived here three years,” said Detra. “Joe built this home with his own hands, and this is our home. We’re not leaving,” she emphasized. “Besides, we’re the lucky ones – we’re still alive, we’ve got each other, and we can fix this place up so it is livable again.”

She told how they had just had a new water well drilled only a week before the storm and had just gotten in their winter’s supply of firewood. “All ten cords that we cut and split are gone, washed down the valley,” said her son William. “And the well is ruined too with all our firewood plus the rocks and mud washed into it from up the valley.”

While Stevens’ work crew helped Joe and neighbors work on stabilizing and leveling the house, Red Cross client case worker Lori Delain interviewed the Mailhot family and opened a case file, and filled out referral forms to help the family get additional assistance from other relief agencies in Vermont. Red Cross health worker RN Jan Dayton checked on the family’s prescription medication needs.

As the Red Cross outreach team left the Mailhot family, Joe broke down and cried. “I’ve worked hard all my life and have never asked anyone for anything,” he sobbed. “This is overwhelming. I can’t thank the Red Cross enough for everything they’ve done here.”

“The Red Cross has had to be very aggressive and innovative to reach out to families like the Mailhots,” said Delain. “Many are isolated and widely separated in the valleys and hills from one end of Vermont to the other. We want to reach out to all of them, to assist them with emergency relief and to help steer them to our partner and community agencies that can also assist them following the floods.” The Red Cross outreach effort will continue until all the Vermont homes and communities affected by Tropical Storm Irene have been visited.

Adell residents return home after explosions at Sheboygan County co-op

Damage estimated at $500K; no chemicals released; 1 minor injury

Written by Eric Litke Gannett Wisconsin Media

ADELL — A fire this morning at Adell Co-op sparked a “series of explosions” and forced village residents to evacuate over fears that hazardous chemicals at the plant could be released into the air, officials said.

About 200 firefighters from 15 area departments responded to the scene, where agronomy buildings on the northwest end of the co-op complex were destroyed by fire. The co-op, 607 Mill St., was unoccupied at the time, and no deaths or serious injuries have been reported.

“To the best of our knowledge, there have been no injuries other than an ankle injury to a firefighter,” said Capt. Dave Adams of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, noting the firefighter was taken to an Ozaukee County hospital.

Adell Fire Chief  Will Schneider went echoed comments from many other officials in saying the fire “definitely could have been worse.” The amount of chemicals on hand was far less than at other times of year, and the chemicals there were not released into the air as authorities feared when ordering the evacuation.

The co-op general manager, Jerry Leick, said the damage will be more than $500,000. He said about 10 of the 25 current employees worked in the area affected by the fire.

The fire was reported at 3:15 a.m. by an employee at the neighboring Adell Whey Co., and additional reports at 3:24 a.m. said the building was fully engulfed and several explosions were heard, said sheriff’s Lt. Jim Risseeuw. The village was ordered evacuated at 3:31 a.m., and Village President Andy Schmidt said about half of the village’s 500 residents did so.

The fire also cut off all power in the village for several hours, so authorities were unable to sound an emergency siren as the sheriff’s department went door-to-door asking residents to evacuate.

Those with no other place to go were sent to Random Lake High School, and about 75 people were there as of 6 a.m. They were sent back home about 6:30 a.m. when the evacuation order was lifted.

Laura Garcia, 41, of Adell, was among the 50 or so families that gathered at the Adell Mini Mart on the west side of the village before authorities sent them farther away. Her husband, a firefighter, had been called to the scene.

“I took the dog out and looked down there and saw the smoke. I have relatives down there, but everyone was safe,” she said.

Garcia said the co-op fire is a big blow for the village.

“I’m sad for the co-op, because it was a big part of Adell,” she said. “I’m sad for what they lost, to lose all that so fast. There’s a lot of people employed there from here and the surrounding communities. It’s pretty sad, especially manufacturing jobs. It’s not good.

“I’m just glad nobody got hurt.”

Leick said the exploding sounds came from a pair of 120-gallon propane tanks that were used to heat the agronomy office. The tanks did not explode but functioned as designed, releasing propane through a valve, causing a giant flame but reducing the pressure.

“It was very bad (looking), very scary if you’re out there fighting the fire,” Leick said. Leick said the primary concern at this point is environmental contamination from various chemicals stored at the plant. He said firefighters damned up two drainage pipes leading away from the plant and will be vacuuming up runoff from the fire.

Air quality readings have shown no unsafe contamination levels, but additional air, water and soil testing will be done in the days and weeks to come. Leick said firefighters were trying to use as little water as possible to limit runoff.

Responding agencies include the American Red Cross, the Sheboygan County Public Health Department, the Sheboygan County Hazardous Materials Team and the Fire Investigative Unit. Fire departments on scene included Adell, Random Lake, Waldo, Silver Creek, Oostburg, Cascade, Batavia, Beechwood, Cedar Grove, Plymouth, the Town of Sheboygan Falls and several Ozaukee County departments.

 

 

 

Maple Grove Countryside 4-H Club Makes Quilts for the Red Cross

Members of the Maple Grove Countryside 4-H Club in Pulaski made six tie quilts for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. They had a quilt making/pizza party with two groups of students.  The older ones did the cutting and the younger ones did the tying.  Thank you for providing comfort and warmth to those who need it.

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