Soup’s On Cooks Up a Record Evening

Soup 3The results are in from the Red Cross’ annual Soup’s On fundraiser which took place on Friday, November 1st at the Grand Meridian in Appleton. A new concept for the event named the “High School Challenge” helped the chapter raise a record $50,000 for local programming.

It was the 20th year for Soup’s On but the first year in which 10 area high schools were invited to work with a restaurant/chef as a team. Each team aimed to win the Platinum Ladle Trophy for the best-tasting soup of the night.

The high school students were also encouraged to campaign for votes prior to event night where one vote equaled a one dollar donation to the Red Cross. The school with the most “votes” would receive a  $1,000 grant to purchase new cooking equipment for their culinary classroom.

“The High School Challenge was just what Soup’s On needed to bring it back to life,” said Becky Bergin, Director of Special Events for the American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin. “The students added so much fun and excitement to the evening. And wow, can they all cook! Every soup was great and we received a lot of good feedback from our event guests.”

The teams and the soups that were created for the event were as follows:

  • Appleton East High School and Café Bon Appétit of Lawrence University made Pozole
  • Appleton North High School and Mark’s East Side made Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup
  • Appleton West High School and Grand Meridian made Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Fox Valley Lutheran and Pullman’s made Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  • Green Bay Preble and Big Tomatoes made Preble’s Chorizo Chili
  • Hortonville High School and Ione’s Dining Room of Fox Valley Technical College made Buffalo Chicken Chili
  • Kaukauna High School and The Kangaroost made Baked Potato Soup
  • Little Chute High School and The Main Event Steakhouse made LC Chinese Chowder
  • Neenah High School and Cannova’s Pizzeria made Pumpkin Soup with Rocket Relish
  • Xavier High School and Atlas Coffee Mill and Café made Curry Apple Soup

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Throughout the evening, each guest was able to vote for their favorite soup. The Kaukauna High School/The Kangaroost team took home the Platinum Ladle Trophy for their Baked Potato Soup.

Appleton West was crowned the winner and recipient of the $1,000 cash award for raising $1,661.01

Appleton West was crowned the winner and recipient of the $1,000 cash award for raising $1,661.01

As for the new fundraising component, Appleton West was crowned the winner and recipient of the $1,000 cash award for raising $1,661.01 for the American Red Cross. Appleton North came in at a very close second, winning the runner-up prize of a Kitchen Aid professional mixer. All told, student fundraising from the 10 high schools brought in over $8,800.

“It was a very exciting evening for the kids,” said Lauren Ott, family consumer sciences teacher at Appleton West High School. “They loved working with the chef and got first-hand experience cooking in a real commercial kitchen. They got to use different equipment that we don’t get to use in the classroom.”

“Events like Soup’s On are absolutely vital in raising funding to support our programs and services,” Bergin added. “They are also a great way to introduce those unfamiliar with what we do, to our mission of providing emergency relief and teaching emergency preparedness. We can’t thank our sponsors, the schools, the restaurants and our volunteers enough for making our 20th Anniversary of Soup’s On SOUP-ERB!!!”

Dancing Star & Board Member, Todd Bierowski honored with the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award!

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(L-R: Todd’s wife, Blake Bierowski, Todd Bierowski, and his mother Sharon Bierowski)

Todd Bierowski, honored with the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award, is about to complete his first year as a member of our Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Board. During that time, he’s been a very active participant and contributor by serving on several board and special event planning committees including the Golf and Dancing with Our Stars events. He’s always working his large network of personal and professional connections to secure sponsorships and donors, which makes him an outstanding board member and ambassador for the American Red Cross.

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Blake & Todd Bierowski with his Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award.

His ability to raise funds was showcased during the most recent Dancing with Our Stars campaign as he brought in more than $41,000 through a variety of creative fundraising events, including a “Ransom Rally”, in which friends and family donated nearly $10,000 so he could dance come February 23rd. And when it came time to show off those ballroom dance moves, the former division three-college athlete did not disappoint. In fact, he performed despite suffering from two tears in his medial meniscus! We’re happy to report he is now recovered from that injury, and ready to lend a helping hand to the next group of star dancers as they begin the journey he once embarked on.

Congratulations, Todd!

DINE-OUT TO SUPPORT DISASTER RELIEF

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: www.redcross.org/dinefordisasterwisconsin

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 redcross.org/sewisconsin on the web, twitter.com/RedCrossSeWi and facebook.com/RedCross.SoutheastWI and our blog redcrosssewiblog.org.

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  http://www.redcross.org/newisconsin, on Facebook (American Red Cross – Northeast Wisconsin Region), Twitter (NEWRedCross) and our blog (newredcrossblog.org).

Dancing with Our Stars 2013 Fundraiser Sets Event Record

Raises Awareness for Local Services and $370,000!

The 5th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin exceeded expectations, with record fundraising and increased awareness to programs and services. Together, with the amazing efforts of our nine celebrity dancers, our sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised $370,000 in net revenue to support Red Cross programs and services in our community. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 23 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.

“Here at the American Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with Our Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, Regional COO and Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our nine stars, but the real event started more than four months ago, when our dancers made the commitment to raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.”

Hansen also said, “Along with the outstanding support from our sponsors and community, the dancers poured everything they had into this event by generously volunteering their time and talent to make this event a huge success. On behalf of the American Red Cross, thank you for bringing compassion and hope to those in need!”

Thank you to our sponsors including: Oneida Nation of Wisconsin; Kimberly-Clark; Festival Foods; Schneider National Foundation; Jack’s Maintenance; Broadway Automotive; The Green Bay Packers; MillerCoors and Masters Gallery Foods. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle a sold-out crowd of 770 guests. The evening began with dinner and followed with our all-star dance program where each celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony.

Emcee, Chris Roth, WBAY, interviewing Betina Driver, along with her husband, Donald Driver after the announcment of her taking home the fundraising mirrorball trophy!

Taking away the top honors for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Betina Driver. The wife of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver raised $155,000 to support the local Red Cross.

The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Pat Warpinski and Taryn Oleson for their Quickstep to “Rolling in the Deep.” People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Mary Gronnert and Michael Witte for their Jive to “Girls Gone Wild.”

The Judges’ Choice award went to Betina and Donald Driver for their two performances: A Tango to ‘Too Close” and a Rumba to “Endless Love.”

Special thanks to Cami Rapson and Chris Roth of WBAY-TV 2 for serving as masters of ceremonies and to Jesse Baumgart, Kimberly Larsen and Christopher Mangless for their professional and colorful judging commentary.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: Todd Bierowski, President/Owner, Décor Lighting Sales, Asst. Football Coach, St. Norbert College; Rick Bondowski, Senior Vice President, Regional Retail Director, Associated Bank; Betina Driver, Co-host, “The Better Half”; Mary Gronnert, Foundation Coordinator, Schneider National Foundation, Inc.; Emily Matesic, Reporter, WBAY-TV 2; Sean Sanders, Grocery/Frozen/Dairy Director, Festival Foods; Amy Sehring, Community Supporter; Erica VanBoxel, Green Bay Press-Gazette Magazine Editor; Pat Warpinski, Owner/Veterinarian of The Animal House;  and Rane Cegelski and Taryn Oleson from DanceSport of Green Bay; Jamie Keyzer, Jay Morth, Taylor Watry, Michael Witte and Alyssa Zellner from Simply Ballroom of Green Bay; and Terry Irwin from TC Dance Club International of Appleton.

Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local American Red Cross of Northeast WI.

To view additional photo from the event check out our Northeast Wisconsin Facebook page. To view event video of all our dancers got to our special Dancing with Our Stars Blog!

Door County Community Shares their Time & Talents to Raise Funds for Sandy Relief

On Friday evening January 18 the Third Avenue Playhouse in downtown Sturgeon Bay hosted a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy relief. This concert was put together by musician Jeanne Kuhn’s and friends.

In-between acts Red Cross volunteers from Door County and had been deployed to New York and New Jersey shared their experiences with the audience. Everyone that performed, ran the lights and sound system donated their time for this fund raiser. $1,000 was raised for Sandy disaster relief efforts.

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Rudy Senarighi a American Red Cross voleenteer who traveled to the east coast to help the storm victims. Rudy talked about finding candy bars at a gas station and buying them for the kids left homeless by the storm. Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit Concert at the Third Avenue Playhouse, Friday, January 18, 2013 in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, WI. Photo by Len Villano. Small Forest ( Jeanne Kuhns, Patrick Palmer, Marybeth Mattson), Seth and Mark Raddatz, Lynn Gudmundsen, David Hatch, Nick Hoover , Jess Holland, Jay Whitney, and James Valq

To view additional photos from the concert click HERE.

“Songs of the Season” Benefiting the American Red Cross

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A Candlelight Performance

Ivory Wind with Strings

Joyce Josie, Piano    Ann Stevens, Flute      Laurie Young, Violin

Saturday, December 8th

Time: 6:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Weyauwega

200 South Pine Street

BENEFITING THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Free Will Offering

to support Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces

Picture  yourself  in  a  quiet  sanctuary,  candles  glowing  in  each  window  and  the  lights  of  the  Christmas  tree  softly  shining.  Join  with kindred  spirits  on  Saturday,  December  8th  beginning  at  6:30p.m.  for an  evening  of  Christmas  musical  selections  on  piano,  flute  and violin.  First  Presbyterian  Church  of  Weyauwega  will  host  Ivory  Wind with  Strings  Attached  as  they  present  their  third  annual  performance of  “Songs  of  the  Season”  benefiting  the  local  chapter  of  the American  Red  Cross  HEROES.  The  ensemble  includes  Joyce  Josie  on piano (ivory),  Ann  Stevens  on  flute  (wind) and  Laurie  Young  on violin (strings attached).  Each  extends  a  warm  welcome  and  an escape  from  the  hectic  rush  of  the  holidays  for  an  evening  of  musical  reflection  and  refreshments. 

Betina and Donald Driver to Support American Red Cross in “Dancing” Fundraiser

Matching mirror ball trophies could soon be on display at the Driver house if Betina Driver is the top fundraiser at Dancing with our Stars 2013 for the American Red Cross. The wife of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver is one of 9 local “celebrities” set to compete in the event, which supports local Red Cross efforts.

“We’re thrilled both Betina and Donald Driver will be part of Dancing with our Stars 2013,” said Steve Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin. “I believe they will not only bring a high level of energy, enthusiasm and passion to the dance floor but also to raising funds on behalf of the Red Cross.”

Mrs. Driver has plenty to live up to when it comes to dancing after her husband took home the mirror ball trophy earlier this year on the 14th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Those dance moves will again be on display as Donald Driver will serve as Betina’s dance partner at the event.

The Red Cross will host a kickoff party Thursday, October 25th at 7 p.m. to unveil the complete 2013 “star dancer” lineup. It includes top executives, small business owners and members of the media. The invitation-only event will take place on the Club Level of the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Dancing with our Stars is now in its fifth year and it is has been a sold-out event each year. Not only do those in attendance support local efforts, so can those not attending as the “star dancers” receive votes in the form of donations to the Red Cross. One dollar equals one vote. All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe, the transportation program and international programs.

Dancing with our Stars 2013 will take place Saturday, February 23rd at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay. Information about tickets will be available in January. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Website: redcross.org/newisconsin

Dancing with our Stars blog: redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: facebook.com/NEWRedCross

Twitter: @NEWRedCross (#dwos to join the conversation!)

The Green Bay Packers, the Oneida Nation, Festival Foods, Schneider National, WBAY-TV, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette are proud sponsors of the event.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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