American Red Cross Honors Volunteers at Celebration of Support Event

Corporate Benefactor: Festival Foods – Nick Arlt, Public Relations Director. Pictured: Jody Weyers, Regional Volunteer Director, Nick Arlt, Kathryn Bracho & Barbara Behling, Communications Officer

The American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter celebrated its volunteers June 12, 2012 with the Volunteer Recognition Banquet held at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay. The event was sponsored by Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance. Two hundred and thirty-five volunteers attended the event. WBAY-TV anchor Action 2 News This Morning, Kathryn Bracho served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

The night began with welcoming words and an organizational update from Barbara Behling, Communications Officer. Following Behling was Greg Novinska, Region CEO, with an update on blood services.

One-a-Week Club Awards were presented to businesses and clubs who committed to at least 52 donations of blood per year, or one per week during the previous year, followed by dinner.

After dinner the Volunteer Recognition Awards were presented to individuals and groups for their exceptional volunteer work.

Jack Davies, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year award for front-line volunteers with exceptional reliability to the blood program.

Humana, Business, Group or Organization of the Year, given to a business or group of volunteers for years of commitment to the American Red Cross Blood Services program.

Ken Frosch, Hilary Lesperance Award for outstanding support in the Blood Services Program.

Bryan Barbeau, Kerrie Forester Emergency Services Award for commitment and dedication to Disaster Services and members of the Disaster Response Team.

Bill Craig, Andrew Janssen Transportation Award, for outstanding work in transportation services for the American Red Cross and providing transportation for the elderly population and those with disabilities to help them sustain an independent lifestyle.

State Farm, The Outreach Award, for a volunteer or business in Preparedness, Health and Safety, Services to Armed Forces, Community Disaster Education or other areas that involve education and outreach.

Festival Foods, the Corporate Benefactor Award, for a business with outstanding commitment and dedication to the American Red Cross.

Michael Gallagher, the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Award, presented to a member of the Board of Directors for exceptional contribution and advancement of the American Red Cross.

Clara Barton Award: Eric Witcak, Nicolet Bank with Kathryn Bracho, WBAY, Anchor

Dee Hansen, Behind-the-Scenes Award presented to a volunteer who assists with essential office work at one of our office locations in development, facilities, reception and other behind-the-scenes jobs.

Bea Wettstein and Sharon Bryfczynski, Rookies of the Year, presented to a volunteer for exceptional level of service and has started within the past year.

Mike Petrick, Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to the individual who has demonstrated long-term commitment to multiple programs of the American Red Cross.

Eric Witczak, Clara Barton Award, the highest award of the night, presented to an individual who exemplifies the qualities of American Red Cross pioneer Clara Barton.

Congratulations to all the award recipients and thank you to everyone for your time, blood and support of the American Red Cross.

Click HERE to see pictures of all the award recipients.

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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Red Cross Brings Military Families Together

Kathryn Bracho

By Kathryn Bracho: Click HERE for video of story.

Last year, Action 2 News anchor Sarah Thomsen tore up the floor in the Dancing with the Stars fundraiser for the American Red Cross’s local Lakeland Chapter.

This year, Action 2 News morning anchor Kathryn Bracho steps out. Each vote for your favorite dancer is a donation to the Red Cross (click here for details).

It’s a fun experience and raised money for an organization which helps thousands of people across Northeast Wisconsin.

The Red Cross provides a service not many people know about.

Most of us know the Red Cross is there after disasters like Hurricane Katrina or, more locally, a fire at your home.

But you may not know the Red Cross helps hard-to-reach members of the military get news and the emergency leave time they need when big events happen in their families, like deaths, serious illnesses, and births.

“I am there to help people in any way I can,” Gayle Hein said.

Hein says she’s proud to be a Red Cross volunteer. She never realized that her own family would need help from the Red Cross.

“Right before Christmas, my nephew’s mother had passed away unexpectedly at 49.”

Hein’s nephew, Kenneth Lehr, of Watertown, Wisconsin, was stationed with the Army in Alaska.

Lehr knew about his mom’s death, but standard procedure is for the Red Cross to confirm a death, birth, or serious illness so that the military member can get emergency leave.

“I think it was a godsend to him to get him home and stuff. I think otherwise he wouldn’t have been able to come home.”

Gayle Hein (on the left) volunteering at the Marine Corp welcome home event.

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Announces Dancers for the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars Fundraising Event

Green Bay, WI – On Wednesday, September 29 the ten celebrity all-star dancers were announced for the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross. This event will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel, Green Bay.  Social hour begins at 4:30pm and dinner/program beginning at 5:30pm.

The 2011 “Dancing with the Stars celebrity line-up includes:

  • John Allen, Owner, John Allen Insurance Agency
  • Aymee Balison, CEO, CFO, COO, Balison Family (and owner of Sweetpea’s)
  • Kathryn Bracho, Anchor, Action 2 News This Morning, WBAY-TV 2
  • Ronda Kincheloe, Community Supporter
  • Jackie Larsen, Owner, Fitnessology
  • Dean Lindsley, V.P. of Operations & Product Development, Pallas Textiles – a division of KI
  • Murphy in the Morning, Morning show host at 101 WIXX
  • Stacy Richards, President/COO, burnham richards
  • Brad Toll, President/CEO, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Kurt VandenHouten, V.P./Co-Owner, Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders, Inc.

Our 2011 Dancing with the Stars Team - Top Row (l-r) Murphy in the Morning, Brad Toll, John Allen Middle Row: Dean Lindsley, Kathryn Bracho, Aymee Balison, Kurt VandenHouten Bottom row: Ronda Kincheloe, Kackie Larsen, Stacy Richards.

These ten celebrities will be trained in two ballroom dances by DanceSport of Green Bay under the direction of Janet Gollnick, former Midwest champion. Their dance partners will be accomplished and skilled college-aged dancers from DanceSport of Green Bay.

The winner of the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy will be the dancer who scores best on the dance floor and who is supported by public and event votes. Votes will be in the form of dollars donated in support of the star dancer, both at the Dancing with the Stars event and dollars pledged in the name of the dancer prior to February 26.  Awards presentation includes “Judges Choice and People’s Choice” trophies. 

We are honored to have Ivan Seleznev of New York City, an eight time Russian champion, Rebecca Messenger, nationally acclaimed Ballroom Judge and Dan Messenger,  former National Champion and Ballroom Judge both of Milwaukee.

All proceeds for the event go to support local programs and services for the American Red Cross.

Tickets for the event will be on sale at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, starting January 3, 2011.