It’s Spring…. Finally! More Cookouts to Celebrate

By David and Jill Krizizke, Chapter C Directors 

Brat Fry from 2011

Each year the Goldwing Road Riders Association, Wisconsin Chapter C, holds a Brat Fry with the proceeds shared with a charity of the clubs choice.  Over the past couple of years, the Ability Resource Center ( ARC ) of Fond Du Lac and the Veterans Museum and Education Center of Oshkosh have benefitted from the Brat Fry. One of the goals of our Chapter is to “give Back” to our community.

This year, our Local Area Goldwing Riders had a tragic fire invade one of our members’ homes,  rendering the house a total loss.  One of the responding groups that was on the scene very quickly was the American Red Cross.

So it was proposed by our membership to hold this year’s two Brat Fry’s for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

We are dedicated to work on Friday, May 3 and Saturday May 4, at the Fond du Lac Pick and Save Store on Johnson Street, from 9am to 5pm, to earn funds to support the American Red Cross local disaster relief.   If you would like any information on our on this event or our chapter, please visit our website at

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!

brat fry posterApril 2013

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.