American Red Cross Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers and Contributors

GREEN BAY – The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter held its Volunteer Awards Banquet June 21, 2011 at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay. We were pleased to have 216 volunteers and guests attend the event sponsored by the Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance and Lyndahl Funeral Home.

The evening kicked off with a welcome and organizational update presented by Steve Maricque, Executive Director for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. Outgoing board awards were presented to Jim Gagnon, Gagnon Clay Products and Gerald Henley, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, for their nine years of service to the board. The following board members and staff were also recognized for their inclusion in the Clara Barton Giving Society: Sharla Baenen, Jeff Bassindale, Pat Beimborn, Jim Gagnon, Michael Gallagher, Gerald Henley, Steve Maricque and Eric Witczak.

Following the welcome and dinner, individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding volunteer support.

(l-r) Debra Harrington, Judy Gregory, Emergency Services and Bonny Chapman. Debra and Bonny were both awarded the Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award.

Bonny Chapman and Debra Harrington, Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award for exceptional work in preparing for and responding to disasters in our community.

Richard Jerry, Earl and Viola Nelson Health and Safety Award for outstanding commitment and dedication as an instructor for Health and Safety Services.

Elton Petersen, Andrew Janssen Transportation Award for exceptional work in assisting the aging population and those with disabilities by providing quality transportation that helps individuals maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Dawn Miller, Community Volunteer Services Award for displaying exceptional dedication to the spirit and growth of promoting the American Red Cross and volunteerism in the community.

WBAY-TV 2, Corporate Benefactor Award presented to a business who has attained an exceptional level of commitment and support of the American Red Cross.

 Kurt VandenHouten, Individual Benefactor Award presented to the individual who has personally attained an exceptional level of commitment and support financially for the American Red Cross.

Gerald Henley, Mrs.Crane (Mary) Murphy Award for exceptional contributions by a board member for the advancement of the American Red Cross.

(l-r) Dave Liethen, Patsy Nuttall, Jody Weyers. Patsy was awarded the Ed McHugh Worker of the Year Award.

Patsy Nuttall, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year Award for exceptional reliability and dedication to the blood program

 Austin Arts, Preble High School, Teen Lifeline Award designed to recognize outstanding leadership among the Teen Lifeline Representatives of the ten area high schools.

 Green Bay Public Schools, Business, Group or Organization of the Year Award presented to the group of volunteer workers or business for years of dedication to the American Red Cross Blood Services program.

 American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 337-Pulaski, Hillary Lesperance Blood Services Award for demonstrating extraordinary support and significant impact on the Blood Services Program

Barbara Vanden Langenberg, Volunteer of the Year Award for demonstrating commitment and exceptional work to multiple programs of the American Red Cross.

(l-r) Steve Maricque, Executive Director, American Red Cross, Barbara Vanden Langenberg, Volunteer of the Year, Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director and Mauree Childress, Director of Development. Photo by: Kimberly Carroll/American Red Cross

 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

One Response

  1. Congrats to all the award winners!

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