Local Hero Nominations Needed!

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The American Red Cross of Wisconsin is accepting nominations for 2018 Hero Award recipients.  Each year, the American Red Cross recognizes everyday heroes in our community at three events in Wisconsin: Evening of Heroes in Wisconsin Dells, Heroes Breakfast in Altoona, and Brave Hearts in Milwaukee.

Our three events recognize individuals who have done extraordinary deeds in the community!  Whether they’re stepping up during a medical emergency to provide assistance or helping others through a lifetime of volunteerism, heroes reflect what is best about our community.

Do you know of anyone that should be recognized?  If so, please nominate them for one of our three hero events across the state! Details and categories vary by event.  For more information about our events, please click the links below:

  • Evening of Heroes – www.redcross.org/eveningofheroes
    • Nominations due December 1st
    • Eligible counties: Adams, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Florence, Forest, Grant, Green, Iowa, Iron, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Monroe, Oconto, Oneida, Portage, Price, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Shawano, Taylor, Vernon, Vilas and Wood counties in Wisconsin and Houston County, Minnesota.
  • Heroes Breakfast – www.redcross.org/northwestwiheroes
    • Nominations due December 31st
    • Eligible counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Trempealeau, and Washburn.

If you have any questions, please contact McKenna Olson at mckenna.olson@redcross.org.

March is Red Cross Month, A Time to Recognize Everyday Heroes

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The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. For the American Red Cross individuals who roll-up their sleeves to donate blood, take classes so they are prepared to save a life in a health crisis, local disaster responders who help families affected by natural and man-made disasters and financial contributors are all Heroes as they allow us to support our local communities each and every day. 

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.

Throughout Wisconsin, our trained responders supported 935 local emergencies, assisted 4,433 military families and trained 99,588 people in lifesaving skills, plus 4,500 local blood drives support 44 Wisconsin hospitals.

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

FARMERS STATE BANK: American Red Cross HERO

By Vicki Jenks, Red Cross Disaster Team Member and American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member

Shown left to right:  Laine Lazers, President, Farmers State Bank; Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member;  and Jay Krcmar, Vice President, Farmers State Bank.

Shown left to right: Laine Lazers, President, Farmers State Bank; Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member; and Jay Krcmar, Vice President, Farmers State Bank.

For eight consecutive years, Farmers State Bank, Waupaca & Wild Rose branches, has generously supported HEROES, a community collaboration benefitting the local work of the American Red Cross.  This year’s generous $1,000 gift will be utilized for Local Disaster Relief.

The most prevalent local disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES—winter being the busiest, worst time of the year.  When the Red Cross is called in for support, trained volunteers provide immediate needs ranging from personal hygiene items, a place to stay, financial assistance, medications, quilts, stuffed toys, and a shoulder to lean on.  The Red Cross also supports first responders with food and hydration.  The AMERICAN RED CROSS—90% volunteers—arrives with hearts filled with compassion and a plan to support families in a very emotional, difficult time.

 “Down the street, across the country, around the world…the Red Cross is there.   Special thanks to Farmers State Bank for their steadfast belief in the world’s greatest humanitarian organization.

 HEROES 2015 Musicales are set for Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16th.   For tickets and silent auction donor information,  call Vicki P. Jenks, Red Cross board member,  at (920) 622-3152.    

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1st National Bank-Waupaca: American Red Cross HERO

By Vicki Jenks, Board Member Northeast Wisconsin Chapter and Disaster Team Member: 

Pictured:  Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross  Northeast Wisconsin Board Member and Nicholas E. Burington, 1st National Bank Executive Assistant.

Pictured: Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member and Nicholas E. Burington, 1st National Bank Executive Assistant.

For four consecutive years, 1st National Bank in Waupaca, has generously supported HEROES, a community collaboration benefitting the local AMERICAN RED CROSS efforts in Waupaca, Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette.  1st National Bank’s gift will be utilized for both Local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces in Waupaca County.

The most prevalent local disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES-winter being the busiest, worst time of the year.  When the Red Cross is called in for support, trained volunteers may provide immediate needs ranging from personal hygiene kits, a place to stay, financial assistance, replacement of prescription medications, quilts, stuffed toys and a shoulder to lean on.  The American Red Cross—91% volunteers—arrives with hearts filled with compassion and a plan to support families during a most difficult time in their life.

As mentioned, 1st National Bank’s gift will also assist the Service to the Armed Forces work in Waupaca County.  As the only entity in the world authorized to validate and relay emergency messages to military service personnel in the world, your local Red Cross handles approximately 20 SAF cases annually in Waupaca County.

The 8th annual HEROES Musicales will occur on ARMED FORCES DAY, Saturday, May 16th, in the Wild Rose home of Red Cross volunteers, John and Vicki Jenks.  For tickets and silent auction donor information, please call (920) 622-3152 or Email vickipjenks@gmail.com.

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Heroes 2014 Musicales Wrap Up: Resounding Success!

By Vicki Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member, Disaster Volunteer and Hero. 

The amazing duo of John and Vicki Jenks.

The amazing duo of John and Vicki Jenks.

On a picture-perfect Saturday—April 26th— in “wild” Wild Rose—the 7th annual HEROES 2014 Musicales exceeded every goal set last fall.  Two hundred HEROES comprised of Red Cross employees, board members, volunteers and generous supporters, CELEBRATED the greatest humanitarian organization in the world!

My husband, John and I open up our home, and with the support of the Tri-County Disaster Team, we host an entertaining day filled with music and giving!

Thank you to our musician HEROES including the Chicago-based Robin Lukas Trio, Madison’s Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Trio from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who thoroughly entertained the assembled fans!

Always a “sell-out”, the HEROES MUSICALES is the “hottest ticket in town.”  A special touch at the conclusion of each musicale is the audience  sing-a-long of traditional favorites, “Amazing Grace” and “America, the Beautiful”.

The Musicales began in 2008 as a small concert presented by professional musicians along with myself and my husband, John, a grand total of $3,308.39 was raised.  We were thrilled to purchase a shelter trailer & equipment that year!  This year’s Musicales raised nearly $70,000! This total is a combination of ticket sales, in-kind contributions, sponsorships and silent auction treasures.

?????????????????????????????The most-coveted silent auction item—at $250 “2 Die 4 Chocolate Cake with Strawberries” made by Wild Rose citizen, Marcia Riendeau (pictured left).

The Heroes 2014 Musicales represents just 12-13% of the entire HEROES experience.

We are especially grateful to the numerous media partners, businesses, individuals, service clubs, foundations, churches and youth who contribute their time, talent and treasure.

Funds raised will be utilized for local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces in the counties of Waushara, Green Lake, Marquette and Waupaca.

There is no ceiling to being a HERO!

SAVE THE DATE:  HEROES 2015 will be Saturday, May 16th‘Armed Forces Day’ which will also celebrate the 110th anniversary of Service to the Armed Forces, born in 1905.

Click HERE to see additional pictures from the event.

Join Us for the 7th Annual HEROES MUSICALES

Enjoy the musical stylings of the Robin Lukas Trio, Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet featuring Leah Zeger.

Advance Tickets $30, ACT TODAY – Always a “SELLOUT!”

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Waupaca Middle School Hosts “Hats on for Heroes” for local American Red Cross

Pictured L to R:    Waupaca Middle School Student Council and Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin Board Member.

Pictured L to R: Waupaca Middle School Student Council and Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member.

On Friday, April 12th, Waupaca Middle School, Ben Rayome, Principal, helped their local American Red Cross by hosting “Hats on for HEROES”.  A simple, yet very important fundraiser, students pay $1 for the privilege of wearing a hat for the day.  “Hats on for HEROES” is certainly not new to the Waupaca School District, led by Superintendent Dave Poeschl.  Both the Waupaca High School’s S.A.D.D. chapter (Dale Feldt, advisor) and Chain O’ Lakes Elementary (Rhonda Hare, Principal) held similar events this past winter.

“The beauty of HEROES,” said Red Cross board member and volunteer, Vicki P. Jenks, “is that the monies raised stay local—in this case, Waupaca County.  Although Americans generously respond to national and global disasters, it is also nice to know that we can take care of our own local citizens.”  Donor intent is always honored by the Red Cross.  There are two funding options with HEROES 2013Local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces (SAF).

Every 9 minutes in the United States, an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team (for example the Waupaca County D.A.T. team is always “on call”) is responding to a disaster.  The most common disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES.  Fortunately, through the generosity of donors, the Red Cross is able to provide such things as temporary shelter, food, clothing, bedding and linens. Prescription medications and vision needs are also replaced.  Long after the initial disaster, the Red Cross continues to follow through.

Service to the Armed Forces, an integral program of the Red Cross since 1905, is a new component of HEROES 2013.  The American Red Cross is the only entity in the world mandated by Congress to validate and relay emergency messages to service members anywhere in the world, 24/7/365.  On average, 400 emergency messages are communicated daily by the Red Cross.  Additionally, the Red Cross coordinates service personnel returning home in the event of a death in the family.  Red Cross volunteers serve our two regional VA hospitals located in Iron Mountain and Milwaukee, plus provide Holiday Mail for HEROES at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

“Down the street, across the country, around the world—the Red Cross is theresm  because of altruistic Americans such as the students, faculty and staff of the Waupaca School District.

If you are interested in hosting a “Hats on for HEROES” event at your workplace, school, church, service club or youth group for HEROES 2014, please contact Vicki P. Jenks, vickipjenks@gmail.com, 920-622-3152.