GREAT day for a Cookout…..

It’s 60 degrees…. Celebrate by heading over to the Main St. Fire Station in Fond du Lac on Friday, April 26 from 10am-2pm and get a brat or burger to support your local American Red Cross. Thank you to Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue and the Fond du Lac Firefighters Local 400 for your support!

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CAKE-FOR-A-CAUSE – Play for the Red Cross!

To celebrate 13 years of creativity, collaboration and success, BrownBoots Interactive is combing our passion for innovation and our support for the community by holding a charity contest from November 16-November 28, 2012

BrownBoots has developed an online, browser-based game called Cake-for-a-Cause., where people play for points to support one of the seven local causes selected by our very own BrownBoots team members.  At the end of the 13 day challenge, the cause with the most points tallied will be awareded $1,300!

Welcome to the game where you consume virtual calories to support one of seven local charities.

Click to play:

Long Serving Fond du Lac Volunteers Retire

We want to say THANK YOU to two of our longer serving volunteers from Fond du Lac who have recently retired from their volunteer work. Sherrie Wittkopf (left) has served for 15 years and Judy Bender, RN for 10 years. Thank you ladies for your service and commitment to the American Red Cross.

Fire Department Brat Fry for Red Cross

Presenting a check for $3,450.49 to Sherry Holmes of the American Red Cross is Chief Peter O’Leary (left) and Firefighter Jason Roberts

The Fond du Lac Fire Department and the Fond du Lac Firefighter Local 400 sponsored their 8th annual brat fry to benefit disaster services provided by the local American Red Cross Chapter in Northeast Wisconsin.  At every disaster the Red Cross is there, providing basic needs including food, shelter, emotional support and comfort kits at no cost for those affected by the disaster. The Red Cross also supports emergency response workers by providing food and beverages at the scene of the disaster.

Rosendale man heads east with Red Cross

James Patrenets of Rosendale heads out east as an American Red Cross volunteer to prepare for disaster assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Patrenets departed on Friday in an Emergency Response Vehicle. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

Written by Sharon Roznik The Reporter

Area volunteers with the American Red Cross departed Friday, heading east to support Hurricane Irene preparations and response.

Among them is James Patrenets, 63, of Rosendale, who is driving an Emergency Response Vehicle that traveled from Stevens Point and picked him up around noon at the Fond du Lac Red Cross headquarters, 272 N. Main St.

Emblazoned with the red and white colors of the Red Cross, the ERV will be loaded with food products that can be delivered to neighborhoods after Hurricane Irene hits land and passes through, said Steve Hansen, Red Cross regional chapter executive for Northeast Wisconsin.

 Irene is predicted to be the largest storm to hit the East Coast in more than 70 years and could threaten big population centers. The focus is on North Carolina.

More than 200 Red Cross mobile feeding vehicles, including another from Green Bay, are heading toward the coast to help people in the path of the storm.

 “With disasters of this magnitude, we deploy resources to provide canteen services to people affected by the storm,” Hansen said.

 The ERV’s and volunteers will arrive at a staging area along the East Coast. After damages are assessed, the vehicles will move in to affected areas, Hansen said.

 Volunteers will remain in the area for up to three weeks.

 For those with friends and family living along the East Coast, the Red Cross has set up Safe and Well, a secure easy-to-use online tool to help connect families in an emergency. People can register by visiting the Red Cross website or calling 1 (800) RED CROSS (1 (800) 733-2767).

 Donations can be made by visiting

Fond du Lac Fire Department Supports American Red Cross

Accepting a check for $3,119.50 from the proceeds of the Fond du Lac Fire Department Brat Fry is Sherry Holmes of the American Red Cross.  Making the presentation are Fire Chief Peter O’Leary and Engineer Troy Haase, coordinator for this year’s brat fry that was held on April 29.

The Red Cross Disaster Action Teams (DAT) have a long-standing partnership working to support the emergency response workers by providing food and beverages at the scene of a disaster in addition to the DAT primary purpose of providing assistance to those affected by a disaster. The annual brat fry has been Fire Department’s way to thank the Red Cross for their continuing partnership.

Fond du Lac Fire Department Brat Fry to Support the Red Cross

The City of Fond du Lac Fire Department will be hosting their annual Brat Fry on April 29, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. 

The Red Cross relies on this brat fry to provide funding toward their mission of assisting the Fond du Lac community in times of need. This event is the largest fundraising effort the Red Cross is involved with throughout the year and the Fond du Lac Fire Department is proud to be associated with this cause.

Home fires are the most common disaster that the Red Cross responds to and also the most preventable.  Families need to take a few simple precautions to avoid tragedies, such as having working smoke alarms on every level of their homes and having family fire escape plans in place to help get everyone out of the house safely.

The Red Cross provides assistance not only to the families involved in fires and other tragedies, but also assists the City of Fond du Lac Fire Department by providing food and beverages to firefighters at emergency scenes.

The American Red Cross, through volunteers, helps prepare communities for emergencies and keep people safe every day thanks to caring people who support them.

You have the power to make a difference in someone’s life. Have lunch on April 29th at the fire department. Every donation helps provide services to those in need. When disaster strikes, your contributions can help bring comfort to those in distress. 

To pre-order, please call the Main Street Fire Station’s non-emergency number at 322-3800 by 9 a.m. on April 29th.

Delivery is available for orders over 20 items or you can choose to use the easy and convenient drive-thru service located in the front parking lot of the fire station at 815 S. Main St.

Hamburgers and brats $2.50 each.