Scott Vanidestine Receives the 2013′s Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award

Scott Vanidestine, our second honoree seems to have been a DAT member forever. He actually started in 2007 but kind of stayed in the background working on projects. Now things have changed in his work life—retired and he is with us big time.  He is on a daytime team from 6am-6pm for 2 weeks in every month. He graciously covers shifts for other team members, attends meetings all over our region, and drives people being deployed to and from the airport and helps out wherever he can.

He presents a very caring attitude when working with our clients. He helps them see that this fire is a major bump in their lives but Red Cross is there to help them over that bump and into the future.


(L-R: Scott Vanidestine, Judy Irwin Gregory, Debra Harrington, & Nancy Stolz Mirhashemi)

Congratulations, Scott! Thank you for your time & dedication.

Congrats Phil Everhart on the 2013′s Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award!

Phil EverhartPhil Everhart, one of the recipients for the Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award, has been part of the Disaster Action Team since 2009. He responds to the emergency calls, works with other community agencies in helping our clients, found a location in Menominee for our shelter supplies, maintains the inventory and does presentations in the community about Red Cross Disaster Services. Matter of fact for over 1 year now he has responded to ALL calls in his 2 counties: Marinette WI and Menominee MI.

Thank you for your outstanding response and commitment in assisting those affected by disaster.


Eastern Wisconsin Red Cross, Dine for Disaster Event Banner

Local Restaurants & Patrons Pair Taste-buds and Disaster Relief Together

Now in its sixth year, more than 100 participating eateries will participate in Dine for Disaster throughout Eastern Wisconsin, from the Illinois border, to Upper Peninsula Michigan communities. On Thursday, May 16, 2013, participants will donate a portion of sales to benefit their local American Red Cross disaster relief and community disaster prevention & education.

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 nearly 500 last year!

Just this past weekend, it was seven fire calls!  Red Cross responders turn compassion into action. They form 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, clothing, emotional support and hope. Through the support of our communities, we can offer individuals and families basic emergency needs to recovery guidance.

Dave Jones, Director of Operations for McDonald’s in Racine and Pat Beimborn, co-owner of Los Banditos in Green Bay are co-chairing Dine for Disaster 2013. Both have a personal reason for supporting the organization. WI.  “Many years ago, my family had an emergency.” Dave Jones continued, “The Red Cross was there for me when I needed it and now I will always try to be there to help the Red Cross when I can.” During college Beimborn started donating blood and was later on the volunteer Board of Directors. He had a front-row seat to the depth of commitment and passion the staff and volunteers have for the mission. “They set an example for the spirit of caring for others, most of whom they will never know, that is so much a part of the culture of this area. Whether it’s a fire, a blood drive or a natural disaster, Red Cross volunteers are always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Those volunteers aren’t looking for recognition. They just seem to know that it’s the right thing to do and they’re glad to do it.”  Beimborn continued, “…and for local restaurants to recognize their commitment to the community is a natural fit.”

For the third year, Society Insurance is the corporate sponsor for Dine for Disaster. Their financial support provides promotional materials for the participants.

Check the website for a list of participating restaurants:

About Local Chapters:

The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross serves eight counties with a goal to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter at 414-342-8680 or visit on the web, and and our blog

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20-counties throughout northeast Wisconsin and the Michigan boarder communities. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact your local office or the regional headquarters at 920-231-3590 or visit, on Facebook (American Red Cross – Northeast Wisconsin Region), Twitter (NEWRedCross) and our blog (


Manitowoc Chamber

The Chamber Manitowoc County 2012 Non-Profit of the year award accepted by Sherry Rezba, center. The placque was presented by the award sponsors, Bill Fricke and Amy Fricke-Weigel of Fricke Printing Service, Inc.

Thank you to The Chamber Manitowoc County for selecting the American Red Cross of Northeast WI as this years recipient for the Non-Profit of the Year Award presented at the annual dinner and meeting at Fox Hills in Mishicot on Tuesday, February 12, 2013! We are very honored to be chosen for this award.

Fall Celebration of Support Year End Highlight Video!

Volunteers Needed: Green Bay Packers Spooktacular Event

Recoveron Tailgate Party Raises $1,000 for American Red Cross

(l-r) Shawn Kiser, Special Event Coordinator, Andy Kaye, president of Recoveron and Steve Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive

A special tailgate party hosted by Recoveron Restoration & Industrial Services earlier this month helped raise $1,000 for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin. Dozens of people came together September 9th to both celebrate the start of a new season and support a good cause.

“The outpouring of support from those who attended the tailgate party is tremendous and will help the Red Cross continue to provide much needed services to victims of disaster,” 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.”

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 American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

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

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 or join our blog at

Mike Petrick named Volunteer of the Year at Volunteer Awards Banquet

Volunteer of the Year Mike Petrick with (l-r) Judy Gregory, Regional Manager, Disaster Program and Dawn Comer, Office Manager, Iron Mountain.

Mike Petrick, of Iron Mountain, Mich., was named Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Recognition Awards for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin,  June 12, 2012.

He was recognized for his work on the Disaster Team and contributions to emergency planning services. Petrick joined the Red Cross in 2006 and has served as the Disaster Action Team Chairperson and Lead Responder. In this role, he organized monthly Disaster Team meetings and responds to fire calls and other emergency needs. He is an active member of the Iron Mountain Office Advisory Board as well.

He represents Red Cross at the Local Emergency Planning meetings in both Dickinson County, MI and Florence County, WI. He also works with the Dickinson County Healthcare System disaster planning committee. He has worked for many years with the Iron Mountain office’s main fundraiser, Red for Red.

Petrick was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for his continued service to the American Red Cross, reliability and passion for helping people. We are excited to present this award to such a worthy recipient. 

American Red Cross Honors Volunteers at Celebration of Support Event

Corporate Benefactor: Festival Foods – Nick Arlt, Public Relations Director. Pictured: Jody Weyers, Regional Volunteer Director, Nick Arlt, Kathryn Bracho & Barbara Behling, Communications Officer

The American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter celebrated its volunteers June 12, 2012 with the Volunteer Recognition Banquet held at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay. The event was sponsored by Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance. Two hundred and thirty-five volunteers attended the event. WBAY-TV anchor Action 2 News This Morning, Kathryn Bracho served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

The night began with welcoming words and an organizational update from Barbara Behling, Communications Officer. Following Behling was Greg Novinska, Region CEO, with an update on blood services.

One-a-Week Club Awards were presented to businesses and clubs who committed to at least 52 donations of blood per year, or one per week during the previous year, followed by dinner.

After dinner the Volunteer Recognition Awards were presented to individuals and groups for their exceptional volunteer work.

Jack Davies, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year award for front-line volunteers with exceptional reliability to the blood program.

Humana, Business, Group or Organization of the Year, given to a business or group of volunteers for years of commitment to the American Red Cross Blood Services program.

Ken Frosch, Hilary Lesperance Award for outstanding support in the Blood Services Program.

Bryan Barbeau, Kerrie Forester Emergency Services Award for commitment and dedication to Disaster Services and members of the Disaster Response Team.

Bill Craig, Andrew Janssen Transportation Award, for outstanding work in transportation services for the American Red Cross and providing transportation for the elderly population and those with disabilities to help them sustain an independent lifestyle.

State Farm, The Outreach Award, for a volunteer or business in Preparedness, Health and Safety, Services to Armed Forces, Community Disaster Education or other areas that involve education and outreach.

Festival Foods, the Corporate Benefactor Award, for a business with outstanding commitment and dedication to the American Red Cross.

Michael Gallagher, the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award, presented to a member of the Board of Directors for exceptional contribution and advancement of the American Red Cross.

Clara Barton Award: Eric Witcak, Nicolet Bank with Kathryn Bracho, WBAY, Anchor

Dee Hansen, Behind-the-Scenes Award presented to a volunteer who assists with essential office work at one of our office locations in development, facilities, reception and other behind-the-scenes jobs.

Bea Wettstein and Sharon Bryfczynski, Rookies of the Year, presented to a volunteer for exceptional level of service and has started within the past year.

Mike Petrick, Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to the individual who has demonstrated long-term commitment to multiple programs of the American Red Cross.

Eric Witczak, Clara Barton Award, the highest award of the night, presented to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of American Red Cross pioneer Clara Barton.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and thank you to everyone for your time, blood and support of the American Red Cross.

Click HERE to see pictures of all the award recipients.

About the American Red Cross: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 or join our blog at

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