Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass

Watch an exciting tournament and feel good knowing you are supporting the American Red Cross!

Known as “the Road to the LPGA” since 1999, the Symetra Tour has been denoted as the LPGA’s official developmental tour. With over 33 years of structured competition and an average winning score of 68, it is guaranteed to be 3 days full of excitement.

The Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Symetra Tour takes place June 27th-29th in Harris, Michigan.

Tickets to this event are only $10 for the 3 days. Your ticket not only gets you into the tournament, but also qualifies you to win a prize from the daily $2,000 prize pool.

Tickets purchased benefit the American Red Cross and many other local organizations. Tickets are available through the Iron Mountain Red Cross office located at 427 S Stephenson Avenue #L108, Iron Mountain, MI or call (906)774-2494.

 

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Heroes 2014 Musicales Wrap Up: Resounding Success!

By Vicki Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member, Disaster Volunteer and Hero. 

The amazing duo of John and Vicki Jenks.

The amazing duo of John and Vicki Jenks.

On a picture-perfect Saturday—April 26th– in “wild” Wild Rose—the 7th annual HEROES 2014 Musicales exceeded every goal set last fall.  Two hundred HEROES comprised of Red Cross employees, board members, volunteers and generous supporters, CELEBRATED the greatest humanitarian organization in the world!

My husband, John and I open up our home, and with the support of the Tri-County Disaster Team, we host an entertaining day filled with music and giving!

Thank you to our musician HEROES including the Chicago-based Robin Lukas Trio, Madison’s Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Trio from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who thoroughly entertained the assembled fans!

Always a “sell-out”, the HEROES MUSICALES is the “hottest ticket in town.”  A special touch at the conclusion of each musicale is the audience  sing-a-long of traditional favorites, “Amazing Grace” and “America, the Beautiful”.

The Musicales began in 2008 as a small concert presented by professional musicians along with myself and my husband, John, a grand total of $3,308.39 was raised.  We were thrilled to purchase a shelter trailer & equipment that year!  This year’s Musicales raised nearly $70,000! This total is a combination of ticket sales, in-kind contributions, sponsorships and silent auction treasures.

?????????????????????????????The most-coveted silent auction item—at $250 “2 Die 4 Chocolate Cake with Strawberries” made by Wild Rose citizen, Marcia Riendeau (pictured left).

The Heroes 2014 Musicales represents just 12-13% of the entire HEROES experience.

We are especially grateful to the numerous media partners, businesses, individuals, service clubs, foundations, churches and youth who contribute their time, talent and treasure.

Funds raised will be utilized for local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces in the counties of Waushara, Green Lake, Marquette and Waupaca.

There is no ceiling to being a HERO!

SAVE THE DATE:  HEROES 2015 will be Saturday, May 16th‘Armed Forces Day’ which will also celebrate the 110th anniversary of Service to the Armed Forces, born in 1905.

Click HERE to see additional pictures from the event.

Fond du Lac Fire Department ‘Tames Flames’ for Red Cross

Local Disaster Relief Partnership Announced

Last year the Brat fry raised $4,006.38 for local disaster relief!

Last year the Brat fry raised $4,006.38 for local disaster relief!

Once again this year, the Fond du Lac Fire Department will be “taming the flames” of the barbecue grill to help the American Red Cross help our community.

When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Where: Main Street Fire Station (815 S. Main St.)

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Red Cross and the Fire Department are partners on several community initiatives from emergency education to disaster relief and recovery. Emergency responders have requested Red Cross assistance at 24 fires the past year alone! This is the largest number in recent years; a few years ago, it was only seven requests for help. With two recent larger apartment fires, the number of people being assisted is at an all-time high!

“The Red Cross is a tremendous asset to our entire community so we want this event to be our biggest and best yet,” stated Fire Chief Peter O’Leary.

To help the cause, you can pre-order brats and burgers by calling the Main Street Fire Station’s non-emergency number at 920-322-3800 by 9:00 a.m. on April 22.

Delivery is available for orders over 20 items. You can also place an order in-person between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m. at the Main Street Fire Station and enjoy our cuisine at the picnic tables.

DINE-OUT TO SUPPORT DISASTER RELIEF

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Restaurants & Patrons Pair Taste-buds and Disaster Relief Together

On March 27th, food establishments across Eastern Wisconsin and the Michigan border communities will work together to support the American Red Cross as participants in the Dine Out for Disaster Relief.  Restaurants, pubs and eateries will donate a portion of sales to benefit local Red Cross disaster relief programs. With the primary fire season being exceptionally active, and working in a budget overage situation, the timing to eat-out and support the Red Cross couldn’t be better.

Share with us your Dine Out Restaurant of choice! #dine4disaster

Share with us your Dine Out Restaurant of choice! #dine4disaster

With each residential fire, we are there 24/7/365 to help the families with immediate needs and help guide them toward longer-term recovery.  In the first eight months of our fiscal year, we are already $56,000 over budget!  We can’t stop responding as families need us.  Therefore, please make it a date-night, office lunch outing, morning breakfast or late night snack to help support local disaster relief.

While the Red Cross responds to big disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes each year, the most frequent threat people face is a fire in their own home. In fact, Disaster Action Team workers respond to an emergency every nine minutes around the United States. Locally, it was 644 disaster responses last year ranging from fires to tornadoes, winter power outages and flooding!  Red Cross responders are a dynamic team that is empowered to deal with crises throughout our communities. When a disaster strikes, we provide a place to sleep, warm meals, emotional support and hope. Through the support of our communities, we help provide basic emergency needs, financial assistance and recovery guidance.

“Restaurants are such valued partners with the American Red Cross. Their generosity is amazing. Not only do they support fundraisers like Dine Out for Disaster Relief, but they also support the Red Cross by donating gift certificates for our event raffles and food and beverages to help feed shelter residents or emergency personnel during larger disasters,” commented Becky Bergin, the Dine Out organizer. “Overall, they are great community supporters”, she concluded.

A handful of restaurants are supporting the American Red Cross with month-long activities in honor of “March is Red Cross Month”. Some have also selected different days and times that fit better with their hours of operation and schedules. A list of each restaurant and their way of supporting this annual philanthropic effort is listed below.

For the fourth year, Dine Out for Disaster Relief is presented by Society Insurance, headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

You can join in on our conversation! Help us by talking about your Dine Out for Disaster Relief activities on your social media sites – Facebook & Twitter! For Twitter, use #Dine4Disaster

Click HERE for a list of participating restaurants:

Join Us for the 7th Annual HEROES MUSICALES

Enjoy the musical stylings of the Robin Lukas Trio, Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet featuring Leah Zeger.

Advance Tickets $30, ACT TODAY – Always a “SELLOUT!”

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20th Anniversary of Soup’s ON – Help Support High School Challenge

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Ten area high schools and their partner restaurants are well on their way to creating a delicious soup for you to try at the 20th Annual Soup’s On fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross. You won’t go away hungry! You’ll be spoiled with endless soup tasting, fresh grilled cheese sandwiches from Simon’s Cheese, and a variety of appetizers and desserts.

This year, the event team wanted to “spice” things up a bit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event.

“For the past 19 years, we have invited restaurants to serve their own soup creations at Soup’s On. With so many team fundraisers out there now, and with popular shows like Celebrity Chef, we wanted to give it a try and create fun teams. We ultimately decided it would be neat to engage the youth in the event. They would get to work with a professional chef, learn more about the Red Cross and give back to their community,” said Becky Bergin, Director of Special Events for the Eastern Wisconsin Region.

But there’s more to the Soup’s On – High School Challenge than great soups! The participating high schools will also be campaigning for your votes prior to the event in an effort to be awarded the Crème de la Crème fundraising trophy and $1,000 grant to use towards new cooking equipment in the classroom. One vote = one dollar.

The list of high school and restaurant teams are as follows:

Appleton East High/Café Bon Appetit

Appleton North High/Mark’s Eastside

Appleton West High/Grand Meridian

Fox Valley Lutheran High/Pullman’s at Trolley Square

Green Bay Preble High/Big Tomatoes

Hortonville High/Ione’s Dining Room (FVTC)

Little Chute High/Main Event Steakhouse

Kaukauna High/Kangaroost

Neenah High/Cannova’s Pizzeria

St. Francis Xavier High/Atlas Coffee Mill & Café

You can show your support for one or more of these teams by placing your vote today at: http://www.crowdrise.com/northeasternwisconsinsoupson

The event will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton. Tickets are on sale now and are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. 

United Way Kick Off Time

UWEach year, the United Way’s community campaign partners corporations and individuals alike to raise funds for local community programs. This fundraiser is so very important because for the American Red Cross it means we can:

  • We provide shelter and hope along with financial support for food, infant supplies & clothing for those who just lost everything in a fire
  • Educate children, elderly and civic groups alike simple-steps to better prepare for an emergency
  • Provide safe, reliable transportation to those 60 and old and/or with a disability get to their needed appointments.

The Brown County United Way kicked off their campaign Thursday, Sept 5 with their 6th Annual Glow Golf Campaign Kickoff event.

Brown County United Way Campaign Chair, Denis Hogan announced a 2013 Community Campaign goal of $4,050,000.

“This is a big goal, but very achievable in a compassionate community like ours,” said Hogan. “I’m honored to be a part of this effort. The funds raised will have a critical impact on program outcomes in Brown County.”

The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is proud to kick off our internal campaign on Tuesday, September 10.  Not only does the United Way support the Red Cross, but our employees support the United Way.

We are proud to be a charity partner of the following United Way Agencies: Green Lake County Area United Fund; Ripon United Way; United Way of New London; Waupaca Area United Way; United Way of Dickinson County; Fond du Lac Area United Way; Oshkosh Area United Way; United Way Fox Cities; Winneconne Area United Fund; United Fund of Marion; United Way of Shawano County; Brown County United Way; Manitowoc County United Way; New Holstein Community Chest; Oostburg Area United Fund; United Fund of Marion; United Fund of Kewaunee County; Valders Community Chest; Town of Chilton Community Fund; Greater Random Lake – Adell United Fund; Brillion Community Fund; Cedar Grove Area United Fund; Sheboygan and Plymouth Area United Way; United Fund of Chilton; Town of Chilton Community Fund

Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative Supports Vital Work of Local American Red Cross

By Vicky Jenks, Board Member and Disaster Team Member

(l-r) John Jenks, Pat Bartsch, Vicki Jenks and Allen Stea.

(l-r) John Jenks, Pat Bartsch, Vicki Jenks and Allen Stea.

Recently, Pat Bartsch and Allen Stea, Operation Trust Board Members for Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative, presented a most generous gift of $2,320 to the local American Red Cross Disaster Action Team, represented by John and Vicki Jenks, of Wild Rose. Earlier this spring, the local Red Cross chapter submitted an application to ACEC’s Operation Round-up.

Operation Round-Up is a wonderful program where individuals and companies voluntarily “round up” their monthly electric bill by a few cents or dollars.  The excess funds are then utilized helping support local citizens and charities–in this instance—the American Red Cross.

The local American Red Cross serving citizens in Green Lake, Marquette, Waupaca and Waushara counties, will utilize the funds for infant, child, and adult hygiene comfort kits, reflective vests for nighttime fire responses, first aid needs, coolers, and damage assessment kits. Additionally, the gift will be used to help families displaced by such disasters as residential fires—the most common local disaster.

  “Down the street, across the country, around the world—the Red Cross is there”, because of the generosity of American citizens like Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative.

(l-r) Allen Stea, Pat Bartsch and Vicki & John Jenks.

(l-r) Allen Stea, Pat Bartsch and Vicki & John Jenks.

Get out your Change for the Bucket Brigade Coming to a Location Near You!!

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Bucket Brigade on August 29th to Support Local Red Cross Disaster Relief

American Red Cross Disaster Volunteers and local firefighters and emergency workers are teaming up to support the American Red Cross. The Bucket Brigade raises vital funds to support Red Cross disaster relief and preparedness activities in Northeast Wisconsin.

On Thursday, August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., local firefighters and Red Cross disaster volunteers will be collecting donations in their red buckets at various high-traffic, high-visibility locations such as grocery stores and gas stations.

 “As the recent apartment fires and tornadoes have shown, the Red Cross is ready to respond when a disaster strikes,” says Steve Hansen, local Chapter Executive.  “The Bucket Brigade provides a vital source of funding to sustain our relief operations, bringing compassion and hope to those in need. The annual event also enables us to celebrate our very important partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Fire Departments while providing fire prevention information to the community.”

There are 17 participating locations this year:

AbramsAbrams Shell at County D and Sampson Road

AppletonFestival Foods at 1200 W. Northland Avenue

AshwaubenonKwik Trip at 871 Hansen Road

BellevueFestival Foods at 2534 Steffens Court

DarboyFestival Foods at W3195 Van Roy Road

De PereFestival Foods at 1001 Main Avenue

Fond du Lac - Festival Foods at 1125 E. Johnson Street

Green Bay West  - Festival Foods at 2250 West Mason Street

Green Bay East- Copps Food Center at 1819 Main Street

HowardOlsen’s Piggly Wiggly at 2465 Lineville Road

KewauneePiggly Wiggly at 931 Marquette Dr.

ManitowocFestival Foods at 2151 S. 42nd Street

NeenahFestival Foods at 647 S. Green Bay Road

OshkoshFestival Foods at 2415 Westowne Avenue

PulaskiSuper Ron’s at 960 County Road B (NOTE: collection taking place Friday, September 6th)

PulaskiSmuwara’s Bakery at 204 East Pulaski St. (NOTE: collection taking place Saturday morning, September 7th and Sunday morning, September 8th)

SheboyganFestival Foods at 595 S. Taylor Drive

SuamicoFestival Foods at 2348 Lineville Road

Shopko Foundation Receives the Corporate Benefactor Award!

The American Red Cross mission is to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever we are needed. Our network of nearly 600 chapters further our mandate in neighborhoods across the country by helping people prepare for, prevent and respond to emergencies. Chapter workers are on the ground 24/7, right here in Northeast Wisconsin, thanks to the generosity of corporate partners.

Corporate partnerships ensure a local Red Cross presence ready to offer a wide range of disaster services including response to house fires and other local emergencies, providing food, shelter and comfort to those in need.

In Northeast Wisconsin, our dedicated disaster volunteers respond to nearly 200 disasters annually. And nationally, we respond to nearly 70,000 disasters annually, including home fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and ice storms. In the past eight months alone, over 50 Northeast WI workers were deployed to support large scale operations including Superstorm Sandy and the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. In an average year, the American Red Cross will spend approximately $400 million in disaster relief across the country.

As you can imagine, major financial resources are needed to address these needs. That’s why we are so grateful for the help of loyal friends like the Shopko Foundation. In the past 13 years, the foundation has provided over $180,000 to disaster relief bringing comfort and relief to thousands, during what is in many cases a family’s most challenging time.

In a recent statement, Shopko Interim CEO, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer stated,

“Shopko views each community where we serve our customers as our ‘hometown’. We appreciate the opportunity to serve these communities and strive to strengthen them through the Shopko Foundation’s support of charitable groups and activities that are important to the people who live and work there.  We are committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for our neighbors in all the communities where we serve and strive to make an impact through the Shopko Foundation.”

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Program Manager, MIchelle Hansen & Public Relations Tara Zeller from Shopko Foundation with the Corporate Benefactor Award!

We would like to congratulate this year’s Corporate Benefactor Award to the Shopko Foundation.

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