Bagging Groceries for Tips Fundraiser a Huge Success

Jenny Short, Corporate Community Relations Leader for Wisconsin Public Service and Lakeland Chapter Board Member, helping bag groceries for tips to support the Red Cross at Angeli’s in Marinette.

By Andy Duchow, Red Cross Volunteer

On Saturday, February 5th,  Angeli’s in Marinette hosted the “Bagging Groceries for Tips” fundraising event to benefit the local Red Cross. Volunteers from all over the Lakeland Chapter came out to support, as well as employees from the local Nicolet National Bank branches.  We bagged groceries for the customers of Angeli’s from 8am-5pm in return for tips. It was a long day, and by the end everyone had a healthy respect for the grocery bagging profession.

A big thank you goes out to the thirty-one volunteers who turned out for the event, and also to Angeli’s for opening their store to our fundraising efforts.  The event raised over $1,300 which will be used to purchase some much needed pagers for the area disaster response team.  The disaster team of the Marinette/Menominee area use a pager system to mobilize volunteers when a disaster occurs, so they can be ready anytime, anywhere.

If you would like to get involved with the Marinette/Menominee Disaster Team please contact Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director at 920-227-4287 or

Volunteer Spotlight: Marcia Janezic

Marcia at the Packers Tailgate Tour in Marinette to benefit the Red Cross

Six years ago Marcia Janezic was asked to join the Marinette Menominee Board by a friend and board member who knew the board needed someone with her marketing background. Also serving on the fundraising committee seemed like a natural fit to her. Those who work with her recognize her passion.

“Marcia is always thinking outside the box,” says Debbie Haduch, Marinette/Menominee Area Director. “She’s thinking of ways we can express ourselves more and what steps we need to take to get to where we need to be.”

Marcia is Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Stephenson National Bank & Trust. She says her employer is very supportive of employee community involvement, which makes it easier for her to contribute time. Previously Marcia was the Director of Marketing and Development for Goodwill Industries.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Alma College in lower Michigan. She’s lived in the Detroit area twice along with Connecticut, Atlanta, and Milwaukee.

“Parenting is the toughest and most rewarding challenge ever,” says Marcia. She lives in Menominee with her 11-year old son. She says it was easier to volunteer when he was younger but his activities mean she is needed as chauffeur and as his cheerleader.

Marcia still manages to find time to be a kid with her son but also be a great role model in her community service. “My parents were great role models for “giving back to the community” and so I was involved in various service organizations while growing up,” says Marcia

When I moved back to the area, it was natural for me to get involved.  It’s easier in a smaller community to see the needs others have and discover ways you can volunteer,” says Marica.

Marcia serves the community as M&M Community Foundation Marketing Committee Chair, Leadership Academy Steering Committee and Blesch School volunteer.

When she finds some free time she might be waiting in line for a roller coaster with her son.  She also enjoys skiing, kayaking, sailing, reading, gardening, hiking and biking. Whether it’s for work or play, Marcia brings her passion for life.

Tanker tips on M-35; Red Cross Assist Emergency Workers

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter assisted the emergency workers on the scene of the accident. Four volunteers provided workers with coffee, cider, hot chocolate, snacks as well as sandwiches for lunch later in the day.

Posted: February 8, 2010, by NIKKI YOUNK, Staff Writer The Daily News

MENOMINEE – A semi-tanker crash in Menominee County on Saturday prompted the evacuation of eight residences and the shut-off of electrical power.

Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks reported that the accident occurred at 4:17 a.m. in Menominee Township.

The gasoline tanker from Klemm Trucking Company in Green Bay, Wis. crashed and rolled over on M-35 near Evergreen Road, Marks added.

The driver was transported to Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, Wis., where he was treated and released.

Officials from the sheriff’s department are not releasing the driver’s name at this time.

Marks said that the tanker spilled approximately 200 gallons of gasoline.

Following the accident, eight residences along M-35 and Evergreen Road were evacuated.

Marks noted that a 1,000-foot perimeter was maintained for the safety of citizens. M-35 traffic was detoured to U.S. 41.

Also, officials shut off electrical power in the area, beginning at 6:02 a.m., in order to prevent the ignition of the gasoline from a damaged electrical pole.

At 6:24 a.m., another tanker arrived to pump fuel out of the damaged tanker, said Marks.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes and power was restored about five hours after the accident occurred.

Marks added that a cleanup operation was initiated to prevent groundwater contamination. Veolia Environmental Services and U.P. Environmental conducted a Hazmat assessment and cleanup of contaminated materials. Havelka Construction provided an excavator to dig up contaminated soil.

M-35 was opened to through traffic at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

The Menominee-Ingallston Volunteer Fire Department, Marinette Fire Department and Hazmat Team, Marinette and Menominee County Emergency Management, ACE Towing, Bay Area Paramedics, American Red Cross, and Michigan State Police assisted at the scene.

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8th Annual Waterfront Festival Charity Ride Raised over $12,000 for Red Cross

The day started off with clouds and rain. Only about eight bikers registered by 10 am,  but then the rumble really started at 10:15. It wasn’t thunder though, it was the rumble of bikes.


Bikers getting ready to ride starting at Applejack's Bar, Marinette.

Bikers getting ready to ride starting at Applejack's Bar, Marinette.

Over 200 bikers participated in the 8th Annual Waterfront Festival Charity Ride to support this year’s beneficiary the Marinette/Menominee Red Cross. The event raised $12,295 to helps support Red Cross programs and services in the community.

 The 126 mile ride started at Applejack’s Bar in Marinette and had stops in Abrams and Little River Country Club, in Marinette, for silent auction, raffles, food and drink before the final stop at the festival grounds.

Participants were happy to support their local Red Cross that is always there for its neighbors in times of need. Many appreciate the support the Red Cross offers the Armed Forces. “There were many participants who served our country, especially during the Vietnam War or right now have family serving over in Iran or Afghanistan,” says Debbie Haduch, Branch Manager of the Marinette/Menominee Red Cross.

The event was fun for all but also a lot of work. Debbie Haduch worked with Coz Costello and Peach Blake as they planned for the event. “These guys are totally awesome to work with,” says Haduch. “They are such givers to the community and they are unstoppable when they do things.

 The Red Cross would like to thank Coz Costello, Karen Costello, Pat (Peach) Blake, Mary Blake, Triple C Riders and the community for their support of this event and of the Red Cross.