Red Cross blood drive held in honor of volunteer’s 101st birthday

Join the American Red Cross in helping to save lives on Monday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Green Bay. The day is sure to deliver something special for Red Cross volunteer, Blanche Baudhuin, as she celebrates her 101st birthday.

Blanche has been a volunteer for the Red Cross for over 40 years. She volunteers about 24 hours a month staffing the registration desk at the Red Cross Green Bay Blood Donation Center. Her zest for helping to save lives continues because she believes in the good work being done at the Red Cross. “I look forward to coming into work to see the donors,” said Blanche. “If I had to stay home I don’t know what I would do.”

Last year Blanche celebrated her 100th birthday with the Red Cross family and friends. She challenged the community to roll up their sleeves and donate 100 pints of blood for patients in need. Causing quite the excitement across the state, donors traveled from miles away to celebrate her birthday and donate blood in her honor. Her birthday wish came true and 114 pints of blood were collected.

This year Blanche is planning to celebrate her birthday with another Red Cross blood drive.  Donors can help make her birthday wish come true by helping to save lives by collecting 101 donations on March 13.

Festival Foods and Thrivent Financial will join the celebration this year by donating refreshments for the birthday blood drive.

“We are honored to be able to help Blanche purchase refreshments for blood donors who help her reach her goal,” said Brian Stenzel, Festival Foods Director of Community Involvement. “We applaud her 40-plus years as a Red Cross volunteer and we encourage everyone to make Blanche’s 101st birthday the best ever by coming out to give blood on March 13.”

The Red Cross will have a party at the drive in celebration of her birthday.

“Our Church and Thrivent Member Doris Emmel was delighted to help with the Blanche’s birthday blood drive by utilizing one of her Thrivent Action Teams.  It’s about Christians helping others,” said Guy McCauley, Financial Associate, at Thrivent Financial.

The Red Cross is inspired by Blanche’s support to the Red Cross and for helping to save lives.  The joy is ours telling her story and encouraging others to volunteer and follow in her footsteps.

Blood Drive in honor of Blanche Baudhuin
Monday, March 13, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
2235 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay, WI 54301

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, and follow the instructions on the site.

American Red Cross Celebration of Support Honors Announced

The local American Red Cross honored volunteers and community partners at the Celebration of Support event Thursday, November 6, 2014. Around 100 Red Cross volunteers and community supporters attended the event hosted by The Waters and sponsored by Festival Foods.

Joining Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive was community members from several cities. The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter covers 20 counties and the diversity of skills; experience and proximity are recognized in the awards below.

(l-r) NIck Cluppert, Disaster Program Manager, Tom Powell, Mental Health Disaster Volunteer, Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive.

(l-r) Nick Cluppert, Disaster Program Manager, Tom Powell, Mental Health Disaster Volunteer, Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive.

Thomas Powell, of Ripon, Victor Fousek Emergency Services Award for outstanding commitment assisting local and national communities impacted by disasters.

Norman “Gene” Wallis, of Appleton, Outreach Award presented to a volunteer for exceptional support in Health and Safety, Services to Armed Forces, or other areas that involve education and outreach promoting Red Cross services.

Nancy Hammock, of Fond du Lac, Blood Services Volunteer Award for exceptional reliability and dedication to the blood services program.

Janet Meyer, of Hortonville, Behind-the-Scenes Award presented to a volunteer who assists with essential office work at our (Appleton) office locations in development, facilities, reception and other behind-the-scenes jobs.

Angie Dusenberry, of Oshkosh, Rookie of the Year, presented to a volunteer for exceptional level of service who has started within the past year.

Traded Treasures, in Ripon, and ADOVCAP, in Oshkosh, Corporate Benefactor Award, for a business with outstanding commitment to their communities and collaboration with the American Red Cross.

(L-R) Pat Exarhos, Board Member and Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive.

(L-R) Pat Exarhos, Board Member and Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive.

Pat Exarhos, of Appleton, Leadership Award, presented to a member of the volunteer board of directors, committee or program for exceptional leadership, contribution and support for the advancement of the American Red Cross.

Charles Patzer, of Wild Rose, Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to the individual who has demonstrated excellence and long-term commitment to the American Red Cross. This individual gives time, talent and knowledge in ways that improve the quality of the programs and services of the organization.

Howard Porter, of Appleton, Clara Barton Award, presented to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of American Red Cross pioneer Clara Barton.

(l-r) NIck Cluppert, Disaster Program Manager, Charles Patzer, Disaster & Services to Armed Forces Volunteer, Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive.

(l-r) NIck Cluppert, Disaster Program Manager, Charles Patzer, Disaster & Services to Armed Forces Volunteer, Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive.

All award recipient photos are posted on our local Facebook page and Flickr site.

Volunteers Needed: July 4th Festival Foods Fire Over the Fox

FOTF Logo_Festival Foods_rgbThe American Red Cross has been a partner of this downtown event for six years. We provide 90 volunteers to staff two foods tents on the east and west side of the Main St. Bridge at the 4th of July celebration.

We are looking for volunteers for:  

Tent # 1: East Side of Main St. Bridge
(near Coaches Corner)

  • 7pm-11pm (10 – needed)

Tent #2: West Side of Main St. Bridge
(near museum)

  • 7pm-11pm (5 – needed)

Assignments include cooking and serving brats, burgers, and beverages to the downtown crowds. Must be 18 years of age or older due to selling of alcohol in the tent.

The American Red Cross receive a donation of $5,000 for our support of this great downtown community event!

If you can help please contact Jody Weyers, at 920-227-4287 or

Volunteer Flyer- Festival Foods Fire over the Fox 2013 - needs update

Volunteers Needed: 4th of July!!!

Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations

The 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin exceeded expectations, with the largest (sell-out) crowd, record fundraising and increased awareness to programs and services. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 18 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.

Rebecca Schuld

Together, with the amazing efforts of our ten celebrity dancers, our sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised $189,000 to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.

“Here at the American Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with the Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, the Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our 10 stars, but the real event started well over three 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; State Farm; Festival Foods; Nicolet National Bank; Broadway Automotive and the Schneider National Foundation. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2 and WIXX for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle a sold-out crowd of 810 guests and volunteers. Our evening began with dinner and followed by our all-star dance program were each celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony and open dance for all our guests with music provided by Big Mouth & the Power Tools.

Taking away the top honors for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Kate Burgess (right), Owner & President of FulfillNet AND Staci Kring (left), Vice President, Retail Sales of Schreiber Foods. These two ladies raised $47,000 each to support the Red Cross.

The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Tommy Lemkuil and Taryn Oleson for their jive to “Footloose”. People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Staci Kring and Rane Cegelski for their Foxtrot to “Fever”.

Alyssa Zellner and Brad Hutjens

The Judge’s Choice were awarded to Brad Hutjens and Alyssa Zellner, for their Cha Cha to “Give Me Everything (Tonight)” for showcase one and for showcase two Matt Smith and Kari Hinrichs won for their Waltz to “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”.

Special judges award went to Tom Lemkuil and Kate Burgess for their showmanship and Staci Kring for her technical expertise.

Special thanks to George Graphos, Cami Rapson and Chris Roth WBAY-TV 2 Anchors for being the masters of ceremonies and to Rebecca Messenger and Tom Choudoir for their professional, colorful and official judging commentary.

Dawn McCoy and Chris Flores

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: Kate Burgess, Owner & President of FulfillNet; Tommy Fox, On Air Personality, WIXX; Brad Hutjens, Vice President/Chief Credit Officer of Nicole National Bank; Staci Kring, Vice President, Retail Sales, 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;  and Janet Gollnick, owner of DanceSport of Green Bay and artistic director of the event, Rane Cegelski, Chris Flores, Kari Hinrichs, Jay Morth, Taryn Oleson and Alyssa Zellner from DanceSport of Green Bay.

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

To view photos and video of the entire evening please go to our Facebook Page.

American Red Cross Receives Donation from 4th of July for Volunteer Support!

Jeff Mirkes, executive director of Downtown Green Bay Inc. presenting check to Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director, American Red Cross

July 4th the American Red Cross had 90 volunteers give of their holiday to support the Festival Foods Fire over the Fox 4th of July event in downtown Green Bay. This was the 5th year the Red Cross has supported this event with staffing the two Festival Foods food tents located on the east and west side of the Main St. bridge. 

The American Red Cross received a $5,000 donation from the event for providing the staffing and leadership required to support these two tents.

THANK YOU to all the volunteers for your continued support of this event and to Festival Foods, Downtown Green Bay Inc. and Event Pro for your support of the American Red Cross.

Make Your Spare Change Add Up!

Spare change piling up?  Next time you shop for groceries, consider donating your spare coins to the American Red Cross at a Coinstar® coin counting machine. 

Your donation will help your local chapter respond to disasters, help members of the military, provide blood to those in need and teach lifesaving skills to members of our community.

More than 19,000 Coinstar® centers are located in supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchants, convenience stores, financial institutions and restaurants nationwide.

Most machines are equipped with the donation option for the Red Cross.  To locate a machine that can accept donations to the American Red Cross, please use the machine locator at

Five years later; Local Reflection about Hurricane Katrina Response

Special blog post: Steve Maricque, Executive Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time flashes before our eyes. Five years has passed since the power of Hurricane Katrina blasted our Gulf Coast. The impact of which changed many lives. Katrina had a wide reaching impact on our country like many had never seen before.

WLUK, WBAY, WFRV tv stations and Cumulus, Midwest and Woodard radio coming together on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 for Operation Broadcast Hope. This one day event helped raise $126,029.35 for hurricane relief.

I think back to the incredible human tragedy and destruction seen on television and the water flowing into New Orleans when the levees were breached. The impact was far reaching as shelters were being established across the country to help people from the Gulf Coast Region that were relocating to find safety. This relief operation was of a magnitude never experienced by the American Red Cross. I remember the constant media calls and interviews as media outlets locally worked to find a local story they could share.

Despite all the human tragedy and destruction that occurred, I remember how people came together to help like I’d never seen before in our country. Thousands of people came forward to volunteer in some way, give blood and give of their hard earned dollars to help those in need. Our Chapter alone collected over $1.2 million dollars locally. Fifty-two volunteers were organized, trained and sent to help in the Gulf. Some of those same volunteers remain with us today helping now locally to respond to disasters.

Major disasters can strike at any time and change lives in an instant. We need to be prepared as best we can by having emergency supplies on hand and families need to talk and prepare a plan in the event of a disaster.

(l-r) Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Carol Ingram, Jan Traversa and Mary Roellchen, Disaster Volunteers in front of one of three semis loaded with water and other supplies courtesy of Festival Foods and their customers.

I learned that the human spirit is far reaching. The willingness and need to help others still exists. The American Red Cross helps individuals fulfill that need. We provide the opportunity for those that want to help. We deliver hope for those impacted by disaster that a better day is on the horizon.

Thank you Festival Foods for your Support Locally & Internationally

(L-R) Mark Skogen, CEO Festival Foods, Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communcations Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, and Steve Hansen, Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross Regional Chapter Executive.

Miss Wisconsin is a Red Cross Volunteer

l-r) Cassandra Frankel, Red Cross volunteer; Kimberly Sawyer, Red Cross volunteer & Miss Wisconsin; Lori Lewis, Midwest Communications; WNCY Radio personality Charli McKenzie. Photo Credit: Mauree Childress, Development Director, Lakeland Chapter

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 —

Whether Green Bay’s Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross is organizing a blood drive or sponsoring a golf tournament, the chapter can count on the help of Kimberly Sawyer, Miss Wisconsin 2010.

A Red Cross volunteer since college, Sawyer says she “likes to help people and help them help others.”Originally Sawyer came to the Red Cross as a blood donor. One of her cousins had leukemia at a young age and several blood transfusions saved his life, so when St. Norbert College held a blood drive Sawyer donated blood for the first time. She started talking to Red Cross staff and other donors, and, in her own words, “fell in love with the Red Cross and the wonderful things it does.”

Now a college graduate and a year-round volunteer, Sawyer has expanded the time she spends helping the Red Cross fulfill its mission to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. “All of us are so proud of Kimberly’s passion and her gift to give back,” says Red Cross communications director Barbara Behling. “This gal lives by what she says.”

When the chapter held a Dance with Our Stars fundraiser, Sawyer was there to help raise funds and awareness of Red Cross programs and services. Participating in the event took a lot of time—dancers received professional lessons, trained with their partners and then performed for a sell-out crowd.

Six months ago when the Haiti earthquake hit Sawyer was one of the first to offer to help with local fundraising efforts. The chapter partnered with the Festival Foods grocery store chain and Midwest Communications to have a radio, remote and in-store blitz. Sawyer tirelessly stood in Festival Foods stores, a smile on her face and a donation bucket in her hand.

Now Miss Wisconsin and on her way to the Miss America Pageant, Sawyer is able to do so much more than personally volunteer. She has the opportunity to inspire others to follow in her footsteps—and that is exactly what she is doing.

It is no surprise that Sawyer’s Miss Wisconsin Platform is volunteerism. She is encouraging people to volunteer, and to find volunteer opportunities that fit each person’s individual interests and goals. “It is imperative that each individual volunteer find a ‘Service for the Soul,’ a cause or organization that they can be passionate about,” Sawyer says.

She adds, “Even in tough economic times, we can build bridges, make a difference ancontribute to the character of our communities one volunteer at a time.”

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