Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations

The 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin exceeded expectations, with the largest (sell-out) crowd, record fundraising and increased awareness to programs and services. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 18 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.

Rebecca Schuld

Together, with the amazing efforts of our ten celebrity dancers, our sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised $189,000 to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.

“Here at the American Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with the Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, the Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our 10 stars, but the real event started well over three months ago, when our dancers made the commitment to raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.”

Hansen also said, “Along with the outstanding support from our sponsors and community, the dancers poured everything they had into this event by generously volunteering their time and talent to make this event a huge success. On behalf of the American Red Cross, thank you for bringing compassion and hope to those in need!”

Thank you to our sponsors including: Oneida Nation of Wisconsin; State Farm; Festival Foods; Nicolet National Bank; Broadway Automotive and the Schneider National Foundation. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2 and WIXX for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle a sold-out crowd of 810 guests and volunteers. Our evening began with dinner and followed by our all-star dance program were each celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony and open dance for all our guests with music provided by Big Mouth & the Power Tools.

Taking away the top honors for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Kate Burgess (right), Owner & President of FulfillNet AND Staci Kring (left), Vice President, Retail Sales of Schreiber Foods. These two ladies raised $47,000 each to support the Red Cross.

The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Tommy Lemkuil and Taryn Oleson for their jive to “Footloose”. People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Staci Kring and Rane Cegelski for their Foxtrot to “Fever”.

Alyssa Zellner and Brad Hutjens

The Judge’s Choice were awarded to Brad Hutjens and Alyssa Zellner, for their Cha Cha to “Give Me Everything (Tonight)” for showcase one and for showcase two Matt Smith and Kari Hinrichs won for their Waltz to “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”.

Special judges award went to Tom Lemkuil and Kate Burgess for their showmanship and Staci Kring for her technical expertise.

Special thanks to George Graphos, Cami Rapson and Chris Roth WBAY-TV 2 Anchors for being the masters of ceremonies and to Rebecca Messenger and Tom Choudoir for their professional, colorful and official judging commentary.

Dawn McCoy and Chris Flores

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: Kate Burgess, Owner & President of FulfillNet; Tommy Fox, On Air Personality, WIXX; Brad Hutjens, Vice President/Chief Credit Officer of Nicole National Bank; Staci Kring, Vice President, Retail Sales, Schreiber Foods; Tom Lemkuil, Architect; Dawn McCoy, Owner of Tranquility Spa; Tricia Nell, Attorney, Liebmann Conway Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C.; Rebecca Schuld, Meteorologist, WBAY-TV2; Matt Smith, Weekend Morning Anchor, WBAY TV2; Robert (Bob) Warpinski Jr, IBM Senior Location Leader & Client Executive;  and Janet Gollnick, owner of DanceSport of Green Bay and artistic director of the event, Rane Cegelski, Chris Flores, Kari Hinrichs, Jay Morth, Taryn Oleson and Alyssa Zellner from DanceSport of Green Bay.

Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local American Red Cross of Northeast WI.

To view photos and video of the entire evening please go to our Facebook Page.

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 weyersj@arclakeland.org

Message from our 2010/2011 Board Chair

By Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director

June 22, 2010 Eric Witczak, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Manager of Nicolet National Bank became the board chair for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. Having a couple of months under his belt as board chair, I sat down with him to see what his vision, goals and objectives are as incoming chair.

Eric has three main objectives: 1. Create more awareness in the community of the services and of the work of our dedicated volunteers.  2. Assist in recruiting additional board members and active participation within the board. 3. Get people to ask,“How can I help”?

“The American Red Cross has an incredible volunteer base that is dedicated to serving our community,” said Witczak.  

As coach of his 8 year old son’s football team in Pulaski, Eric experienced this dedication first hand this summer. One of the moms told him she had to go. “My son’s aunt will be here to pick him up. There’s an emergency and as a Red Cross volunteer, I need to leave to go help.”

“I was amazed by this volunteer’s dedication to serving our community, literally dropping everything going on in her life to go help someone else in need, said Witczak. “This is true humanitarianism.”

Because of this experience Eric believes we need to communicate better with the community on the amazing work our volunteers do every day.  We also need to remind the American people it is because of their financial generosity the Red Cross is able to provide the services we do in the community. We need people to continue to support us year long, not just in times of disaster.

Eric even dancing for a good cause! 2010 Winner of the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy for the American Red Cross Dancing with the Stars.

Eric hopes the volunteers, staff and board working together can all help bring greater awareness to the work the Red Cross provides in this community.

One of Eric’s greatest strengths is his drive and passion that he brings to any committee or board he is on. He would like to utilize those skills and his leadership in assisting to obtain additional board members.

“Everyone brings something to the table and we need to hit on that strength to have a committed, high energy, active board,” said Witczak. He recognizes that everyone is not a fundraiser, but maybe it is someone’s time, connections or a skilled expertise that is their contribution to the board to further the message of the American Red Cross.

By creating more awareness of our programs and services in the community, having a strong, active board of directors Eric hopes this will create greater funding for the organization. Funding is vital, because if the Red Cross is not there in times of disasters, who will be?

“I look forward to the challenges going forward and continue to communicate the One Red Cross message,” said Witczak. “The challenge I want to give people is what are YOU going to do to help? Volunteer, give blood, or give a financial gift today to support YOUR American Red Cross.”

Thank you A.R.M.S, Nicolet National Bank and the Community!

A.R.M.S. and Nicolet National Bank teamed up for an event to encourage the proper disposal of sensitive documents and help the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter at the same time.  The community shred event took place 9 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Nicolet Bank locations in Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, De Pere and Howard

In total $479.00 was raised by the community from this event for local Red Cross programs and services. We thank A.R.M.S, Nicolet National Bank and the Red Cross volunteers for your support.

Help the Red Cross by Shredding Your Confidential Information

A.R.M.S. and Nicolet National Bank are teaming up for an event to encourage the proper disposal of sensitive documents and help the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter at the same time.  The community shred event will take place 9 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Nicolet Bank locations in Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, De Pere and Howard

“All too often, documents containing sensitive information get tossed in the trash before first getting shredded and with identity theft on the rise, proper disposal is crucial,” said Eric Haas, president of A.R.M.S, a full-service, commercial records center located in De Pere.  “Knowing that many folks complete paper purges before the end of the year, we knew this was the perfect time to encourage proper destruction, all while helping to benefit the Red Cross.” 

Residents can bring up to three boxes of documents per person.  A donation to the Red Cross of $5 per box is suggested.  The following Nicolet National Bank locations are participating in the event:

2363 Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon, 2082 Monroe Road in Bellevue, 2380 Dousman Street in Howard and 1610 Lawrence Drive in De Pere.  

During the event, mobile shredding trucks from A.R.M.S. will be parked at each participating Nicolet National Bank location.  The vehicles are designed to deposit a bin full of documents to be shredded into the truck with a push of a button.  “Our trucks have a screen for our team members to watch the documents being dropped into the shredder so they’re assured no documents are left behind or have fallen out of the bin,” said Haas.  “Once everything is shredded, we make sure the waste is recycled.”                                                                          

Executive director for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, Steve Maricque, says events like the shred event are important as the needs of families today are greater than ever.  “During a time of disaster (such as a family home fire) that need is even more apparent,” he said.  “A gift to the American Red Cross will provide immediate shelter, food and clothing to a family when they need it most.  For example, $50 will provide shelter for a family for one night.”

Representatives from A.R.M.S., Nicolet National Bank and the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter will be on hand during the event to talk about the importance of protecting sensitive information as well as supporting the local Red Cross.

For more information about the shredding event, please contact A.R.M.S. at (920) 339-0135 or Nicolet National Bank at (920) 430-1400.

Founded in 1983, A.R.M.S. (Automated Records Management Systems) provides information management and protection services to businesses throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.  As a full-service commercial records center, A.R.M.S. provides “Information Management from Inception through Destruction” for customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms. For more information visit www.arms4rim.com.

 

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A.R.M.S. and Nicolet National Bank team up for Shred Event!

Kristin Kent – WFRV-TV 5 Story Created: Oct 20, 2010 at 3:32 PM CDT

Fall is a popular time to roll up sleeves for one last big cleaning day before the end of the year arrives. Deciding what to keep, what to toss and how to get rid of certain items are common decisions needing to be made. To encourage proper disposal of sensitive documents, A.R.M.S. and Nicolet National Bank have teamed up for a community shred event on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. The event will take place at four Nicolet National Bank locations in Brown County.

The public shredding event is open to anyone who has confidential information that needs to be securely destroyed. The event is limited to three boxes of documents per individual. A donation of $5 per box is suggested, with all proceeds benefiting the Northeast Wisconsin chapter of the American Red Cross. Residents can bring their boxes of documents to one of the following participating Nicolet National Bank locations: 2363 Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon, 2082 Monroe Road in Bellevue, 2380 Dousman Street in Howard and 1610 Lawrence Drive in De Pere.

“All too often, documents containing sensitive information get tossed in the trash before first getting shredded and with identity theft on the rise, proper disposal is crucial,” said Eric Haas, president of A.R.M.S, a full-service, commercial records center located in De Pere. “Knowing that many folks complete paper purges before the end of the year, we knew this was the perfect time to encourage proper destruction, all while helping to benefit a local nonprofit.”

During the event, mobile shredding trucks from A.R.M.S. will be parked at each participating Nicolet National Bank location. The vehicles are designed to deposit a bin full of documents to be shredded into the truck with a push of a button.

“Our trucks have a screen for our team members to watch the documents being dropped into the shredder so they’re assured no documents are left behind or have fallen out of the bin,” said Haas. “Once everything is shredded, we make sure the waste is recycled.”

Haas says all it takes is a social security number, a password or a credit report landing in the wrong hands and a consumer may find themselves in a financial disaster that could last for years. “To make sure no one becomes a victim of identity theft in our community, we’re encouraging everyone to come out to not only securely destroy sensitive information, but to also support the Red Cross.”

Representatives from A.R.M.S., Nicolet National Bank and the Red Cross will be on hand during the event to talk about the importance of protecting sensitive information as well as supporting the local Red Cross.

For more information about the shredding event, please contact A.R.M.S. at (920) 339-0135 or Nicolet National Bank at (920) 430-1400.

 
About A.R.M.S.
Founded in 1983, A.R.M.S. (Automated Records Management Systems) provides information management and protection services to businesses throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. As a full-service commercial records center, A.R.M.S. provides “Information Management from Inception through Destruction” for customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms.

Hole-in-One at the Sixth Annual Door-Kewaunee Golf Classic

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter held its 6th Annual Door-Kewaunee Golf Classic on Monday, August 30, 2010 for the first time at The Orchards at Egg Harbor. We were proud to have American Transmission Company join us for the second year as our major sponsor of the event.

The day got off to an exciting start with Pete Peterson of John Henry’s Restaurant (pictured right) getting a Hole-in-One on the 11th hole. “This is the first time I’ve witnessed a hole-in-one,” said Jack Flemal, Red Cross Volunteer at the hole on the green. “He (Peterson) didn’t know at first he got it in so he asked me if I saw his ball. I said –“Look in the hole!” All hole-in-one prizes were sponsored by Witt Ford. Peterson won a vacation package for 3days/2nights to the Peabody in Memphis, TN.

We also thank our other contributing sponsors including: Dinner Sponsor – Nicolet National Bank; Lunch Sponsor –Schreiber Foods; Cart Sponsor – Dominion Energy, Kewaunee

Joining us this year were 28 teams for the 18-hole scramble event. The day of golf concluded with dinner and awards.

Taking first place this year was Bridenhagen Tree & Landscape – Team captain, Ivan Bridenhagen. (pictured above)

“We are very grateful for our wonderful sponsors and participants for their generous support of this successful fundraising event,” said Steve Maricque, Lakeland Chapter Executive Director. “It’s with their help that we are able to provide needed services within our service area. Additional thanks go out to our many volunteers that helped represent the Red Cross during the event.”

The $27,000 raised from the Door-Kewaunee Golf Classic will go to support services for Door and Kewaunee County (two of the eight counties we serve) Those services include families affected by disasters, emergency communication to military families and their loved ones, rides for those 60 and over and those with disabilities get to medical, nutrition and employment needs (Door County), and continue to provide life-saving training classes for people in our community.

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.