Neenah Volunteer Answers the Call for the Second Time for “Sandy”

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Harvey Lorenz, Disaster Volunteer, from Neenah,  is leaving on Thursday for New Jersey to assist on his second National Deployment for Hurricane Sandy.

Harvey deployed to New York back in November. He will be assisting as a supervisor in the area of Financial & Statistical Information. When asked  what motivates him to go out on deployments:

 “It is just a calling I feel comfortable answering.  I know there are people that have it a lot worse than I do.  I’m just happy I have the time to devote to this.”

(L-R) Harvey Lorenz completing his paper work with Nick Cluppert, Disaster Services, Regional Manager, Training & Development


Firefighters from five departments battled this blaze at a house in Duvall on Sunday night. / Warren Bluhm/Door County Advocate

Local American Red Cross disaster workers have responded to  seven home and apartment fires in the past six days. If this pace continues, we will exceed our local 171 disasters from last fiscal year. When requested, a team of Red Cross responders coordinate assistance in the form of food, shelter, and emotional support due to fire damage to their homes. All disaster assistance is free and is a gift from the American people to the American people.

“We’re deeply saddened for those affected,” said Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive. “As we continue to provide support to those affected, we also encourage others to take action to minimize the risk of a home fire.”

The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and loved ones from a fire: get a smoke alarm and create a fire escape plan.

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half according to the National Fire Protection Association.
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including bedrooms.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Have a plan in place can help you escape, including at least two ways to escape from every room of your home and a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home.
  • Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year.

Red Cross responders on the scene were members of the Chapter’s Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a local disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night. Each team member donates their time and talent to help others and the group is always looking for additional recruits. Training is free and the rewards of helping others are great.

For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit

To make a financial donation to your local Red Cross to help people affected by house fires and other disasters here in the United States and around the world, people can click, call or text – visit  call 800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. All donations can be designated to support local disasters so you are really helping your communities get back on their feet.

The seven fires this week alone have been in:

  • Green Bay, Brown County
  • Peshtigo, Marinette County
  • Oshkosh, Winnebago County
  • Duvall, Kewaunee County
  • Cato, Manitowoc County
  • Luxemburg, Kewaunee County
  • Maple Creek, Outagamie County


The American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin will host the 19th annual Soup’s On presented by Jack’s Maintenance Friday, November 2, 2012. This year promises to be full of fun and excitement and, as always, one distinguished restaurant will earn the coveted Platinum Soup Ladle trophy and bragging rights for an entire year.

This highly5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida Street in Appleton -anticipated event will be held from. Not only does the fun-filled evening raise vital funding for the American Red Cross, it highlights the many local services provided to our community, including disaster response, community disaster education & prevention, services to armed forces at home and abroad, life-saving skills training and the Shopping and Errand program which serves disabled and elderly community members.

“Successful fundraising events – and the ultimate services to people in need – can only happen with dedicated volunteers and staff,” says Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive for Northeast Wisconsin and Regional COO. “For Soup’s On to be running strong after 19 years is a true testament to our participants, sponsors and masterful restaurateurs.”

Each year area chefs and restaurateurs present either a classic soup or a custom creation of divine flavors with maximum crowd appeal. This year’s competitors include: CSI Appleton, Fox Valley Technical College Culinary School, Grand Meridian, Kangaroostaurant, Mark’s East Side, Michiels Fox Banquets, Plum Hill Café, Remington’s at the Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk, Shellatte’s, Stone Cellar Brewpub, Van Abel’s of Hollandtown and Zuppas. Throughout the evening, each attendee’s palate serves as the judge for their favorite soup, votes are cast and the platinum “Ladle Award” is presented.

Additional tantalizing treats throughout the evening include appetizers compliments of McCain Foods, grilled cheese sandwiches from Simon’s Specialty Cheeses, Simple Simon Bakery desserts, Great Harvest Bread, Culver’s Frozen Custard and Wilmar’s chocolates. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will feature Skip Willis from WVBO radio and music will be provided by Fran the Piano Man.

Community support is also provided by numerous area businesses that support the silent auction. Fabulous prizes include jewelry, artwork, golf packages, vacation travel, sports memorabilia and so much more!  New this year is the Mission Moment, in which you can help raise $5,000 toward the purchase of a disaster trailer that will be filled with special needs cots, medical supplies and equipment. Please, help us ensure that we can quickly get these supplies to a shelter with a donation in the amount of $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1,000.

Corporate sponsors of Soup’s On include: Presenting Sponsor, Jack’s Maintenance Service; Diamond Sponsor,Kimberly Clark Corporation; Gold Sponsor, SCA Tissue; Silvers Sponsors, Boldt and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; and Bronze Sponsors, Agropur, Bassett Mechanical, Festival Foods and Outlook Group Corp.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $45 or at the door for $50. Reserved tables are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling (920)-733-4481, by visiting the Red Cross at 1302 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton or by visiting the website.

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20 counties with a mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. To learn more about local Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter headquarters at 920-231-3590 or visit Find us on,, the local blog is and event photos will be at

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 or join our blog at

Welcoming our Newest Board Member, Tom Rettler

By Lauren Lindstrom, American Red Cross Communications Intern

We are excited to introduce one of the new additions to the Northeast Wisconsin Red Cross Board of Directors, Tom Rettler.

He’s an Appleton native who returned to the area four and a half years ago after more than 20 years in Milwaukee. He serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Menasha Corporation.

A busy man in the office and at home, Tom is married with three kids, two in college and one beginning kindergarten in the fall. He says his hobbies include fishing and golf, but most of his limited free time is spent enjoying time with his family.

Tom calls himself a “periodic blood donor” who saw an opportunity to get more involved with the community in another way. He is also a board member on the Menasha Corp Foundation, and felt he could also assist the NEW Red Cross with his skill set and career history.

Why Red Cross?

“It’s an efficiently run organization,” Rettler said. “As a CFO, using donor dollars well is something I am sensitive to…people want to see the money go to the problem, not overhead.”

We are Back…. Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade: July 13

The Firefighter’s Bucket Brigade is back! This is our 3rd year the American Red Cross Disaster Volunteers and local firefighters and emergency workers have teamed up to support the American Red Cross. The Bucket Brigade raises vital funds to support Red Cross disaster relief and preparedness activities in Northeast Wisconsin. Last year, more than $18,000 was collected in our red buckets.      

On Friday, July 13 from 4:00pm-7:00pm local firefighters and American Red Cross disaster volunteers will be collecting donations in their red buckets at various high-traffic, high-visibility locations such as grocery stores, gas stations and retail stores.

This fundraiser highlights our partnership with local fire departments and how both groups work together to provide help and hope to disaster victims. Red Cross disaster preparedness materials will be distributed to the public, and fire trucks and firefighting equipment will be on display at collection sites.

We have 14 participating locations in six Northeast Wisconsin counties. This year’s participants include:


Kwik Trip

871 Hansen Road


Festival Foods

2534 Steffens Court, Green Bay

Green Bay East:

Copps Food Center

1819 Main Street, Green Bay

Green Bay West:

Festival Foods

2250 West Mason Street


Festival Foods

2348 Lineville Road


Super Ron’s

960 County Road B


Abrams Shell Station

County D and Sampson Road

Abrams BP Station

2531 East Frontage Road


Festival Foods

1200 W. Northland Avenue

Grand Chute:

Copps Food Center

2400 W. Wisconsin Avenue


The Meat Block &

The Stone Yard

N1739 Lily of the Valley Drive


Pick N Save

850 East Maes Avenue


Festival Foods

595 S. Taylor Drive


                                                                    Piggly Wiggly

                                                              80 E. Park Avenue

Dine For Disaster “Heroes” Announced

Restaurants & Patrons Pair Taste-buds and Disaster Relief Together

This event – Dine for Disaster – invites patrons to simply eat-out at participating restaurants on Thursday, May 17, 2012. More than 180 participating restaurants will donate a portion of the day’s sales and collect customer’s financial donations to benefit local disaster relief and community disaster prevention efforts of the American Red Cross.

 While the Red Cross responds to big disasters such as floods, hurricane, tornadoes each year, but the most frequent threat people face is a fire in their own home! Last year, Chapters responded to nearly 63,000 fires. That’s one every eight minutes!  In each case, we meet with the victims and assess their needs – often while still standing on the street while their home burns or smolders in smoke. Based on their needs, we provide a warm place to sleep, food to eat, infant supplies, we can replace medications, glasses, etc and we provide compassion, a recovery plan and hope to all disaster victims.

Nathan and Marcia Haupt of  Schreiner’s Restaurant  in Fond du Lac and Pat Beimborn of Los Banditos  in Green Bay are spearheading Dine for Disaster with their fellow restaurateurs.

The Haupts’ and Beimborns’ recognize the American Red Cross is always there in an emergency, and they are honored to support them on the local level. “Through Dine for Disaster, local restaurants are in a position to support the local Red Cross Chapter, while providing our guests with an opportunity to socialize, enjoy their favorite meal, and know they’re helping others in the process,” Nathan Haupt said. “It’s a win-win situation, with the community as a whole benefiting. We’re proud to be part a community where businesses that are thought to be competitors are always willing to work together for the greater good.”

Beimborn agrees and is participating because it is a chance to support the work that the Red Cross does in the community. “We at Los Banditos feel it is a great way to say ‘Thank You’ to the community for their support by helping give back to an organization like the Red Cross that helps our neighbors’ right here in Green Bay and throughout Northeast Wisconsin when disaster strikes.”

For the second year, Society Insurance is the corporate sponsor for Dine for Disaster.

 Participating Restaurants on May 17, 2012

Listed by County 

Graystone Ale House De Pere
Gyro Kabobs De Pere
The Abbey De Pere
1951 Green Bay
Allouez Café Green Bay
Bay Family Restaurant Green Bay
Big Tomatoes Green Bay
Kavarna / Parisi’s Green Bay
Legends Green Bay
Los Banditos East Green Bay
Los Banditos West Green Bay
Mackinaws Grill & Spirits Green Bay
River’sBendSteak & Seafood Green Bay
St. Brendan’sInn Green Bay
The Bar Of Green Bay Green Bay
The Bar OnHolmgren Way Green Bay
Timsan’s Green Bay
Titletown Brewing Co Green Bay
Zesty’s Frozen Custard Green Bay
Zesty’s Frozen Custard Green Bay
Zesty’s Frozen Custard Howard – Suamico
Cobblestone Creek Dining & Banquet Brillion
Triple J Wing & Clay Woodfire Grill Brillion
Terra Verde Coffee Chilton
Outpost Pub & Provisions Sherwood
The Cliffs of Sherwood LLC Sherwood
The Granary Supper Club Sherwood
Bailey’s Harbor Cornerstone Pub BaileysHarbor
White Gull Inn Fish Creek
Chamfered Center  (Maxsells) Florence
Joe Jo’s Pizza & Gelato SisterBay
EdenCafé & Eden’s Grill Eden
A&W All-American Food Fond du Lac
BackYard Grill & Bar Fond du Lac
Bagelmeister Fond du Lac
Boda’s Restaurant Fond du Lac
Cibo Steaks & Spirits Fond du Lac
Domino’s Pizza Fond du Lac
Duffy’s Sports Pub & Steak Fond du Lac
Faros Family Restaurant Fond du Lac
Fazoli’s Fond du Lac
Friar Tucks Fond du Lac
Gilles Frozen Custard Fond du Lac
Gino’s Italian Restaurant Fond du Lac
Main Exchange Fond du Lac
Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders Fond du Lac
Nick & Willy’s Pizza Fond du Lac
Parrot Palms Fond du Lac
Philly’s-on-4th Fond du Lac
Pockets Fond du Lac
Rocky Rococo Pizza & Pasta Fond du Lac
Salty’s Seafood & Spirits Fond du Lac
Schreiner’s Restaurant Fond du Lac
Season’s Restaurant Fond du Lac
Sebastian’s Steak House Fond du Lac
Sunset Supper Club & Lounge Fond du Lac
The Coliseum Fond du Lac
VillaPalermoCafé Fond du Lac
Goose Blind Grill & Bar GreenLake
Blanck’s Supper Club Malone
Jim & Linda’s Lakeview Supper Club Malone
Lantern’s Markesan
Reilly’s Pub Markesan
Dave & Brenda’s Idlewile Inn Saint Cloud
Wendt’s On TheLake Van Dyne
Helen’s Kitchen Waupun
Tony’s Pizza Waupun
Al Corso Restaurant Collins
Cedars Resort Kiel
Billy’s onMain Luxemburg
A&W Restaurant Manitowoc
Big Apple Bagel Manitowoc
Four Seasons Family Restaurant Manitowoc
Friar Tucks Manitowoc
Luigi’s Italian Restaurant Manitowoc
Schooners Restaurant Manitowoc
Subway (3 Locations) Manitowoc
The Courthouse Pub Manitowoc
Time Out Sports Bar & Grill Manitowoc
Tony’s Pizza Manitowoc
Subway Mishicot
Luigi’s Italian Restaurant Two Rivers
Subway Two Rivers
Cousins Subs Crivitz
Figaros Crivitz
King Buffet Marinette
Lauerman House Inn Marinette
Victorian Inn Marinette
Peshtigo Corral Peshtigo
B.J. Clancy’s Restaurant & Pub Appleton
Cinder’s Charcoal Grill Appleton
Cinder’s West Appleton
Culver’s of Darboy Appleton
GingeRootz Asian Grille Appleton
Mark’sEast Side Appleton
Rocky Rococo Pizza & Pasta Appleton
Schreiner’s Diner Appleton
Stone Cellar Brewpub Appleton
Super Bowl Appleton
Chute Inn Family Restaurant Suring
Mary’s Country Grove Cedar Grove
Braun’s Ranch ElkhartLake
Subway Howards Grove
Culver’s ofPlymouth Plymouth
Subway Plymouth
Sweet Basil Plymouth
Five Pillars RandomLake
Al & Al’s Stein Haus Sheboygan
Angie’sMainCafé & The Daily Grind Shawano
Majerles Black River Grill Shebogyan
Frankie’s Pub and Grill Sheboygan
HighlandHouse Sheboygan
Subway (2 Locations) Sheboygan
TexasRoadhouse Sheboygan
McDonald’s Caledonia
Wayne’s Drive-in Cedarburg
Emperor’s Kitchen Delafield
Pacific Bistro Delafield
The Barley Pop Pub & Restaurant Germantown
Flipside Café & Grill Grafton
Hank’s Restaurant & Drinkery (Hammerin’ Hanks) Hartford
Hartland Inn Hartland
TexasRoadhouse Kenosha
Gateway Café Kewaskum
Hog’s & Kisses Lake Geneva
Popeye’s OnLake Geneva Lake Geneva
Chancery Pub & Restaurant Mequon
Ferrante’s Mequon
Libby Montana Bar & Grill Mequon
Karma Bar & Grill Milwaukee
No No’s Newburg
Wildman Adventure Resort Niagara
Moe’s Southwest Grill Pewaukee
Piano Blu Pewaukee
Victor’sPier StreetShanty Port Washington
McDonald’s (5 Locations) Racine
Local Folks Slades Corner
Coachman House Supper Club West Bend
Daddy’s Dog House West Bend
The Poplar Inn LLC West Bend
Chain OLakesAdventures Waupaca
ClearWaterHarbor Waupaca
Domino’s Pizza Waupaca
Hahn-A-Lula Fremont
The Silvercryst Wautoma
Luigi’s Pizza Menasha
Menasha Grill Menasha
Mihm’s Charcoal Grill Menasha
Culver’s ofNeenah Neenah
Dairy Queen Neenah
Dairy Queen Neenah
Ground Round Restaurant Neenah
Remington’s (Holiday Inn) Neenah
Under the Dome Sports Bar & Grill Neenah
Ardy & Ed’s Drive-In Oshkosh
Benvenuto’s Italian Restaurant Oshkosh
Cranky Pat’s Pizzaeria & Pub Oshkosh
Domino’s Pizza Oshkosh
Domino’s Pizza Oshkosh
Friar Tuck’s Oshkosh
La Sure’s Oshkosh
Lara’s Tortilla Flats Oshkosh
Leon’s Frozen Custard Oshkosh
Mike’s Place Family Restaurant Oshkosh
Planet Perk Café Oshkosh
PlaneviewTravelPlaza Oshkosh
Primo Oshkosh
Robbins Restaurant Oshkosh
Rocky Rococo Pizza & Pasta Oshkosh
TheBrooklynGrill Oshkosh
The Roxy Oshkosh
Woodeye’s Bar & Grill Winneconne

About Local Chapters:

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20-counties throughout northeast Wisconsin and the Michigan boarder communities. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact your local office or the regional headquarters at 920-231-3590. We can also online at on Facebook (American Red Cross – Northeast Wisconsin Region), Twitter (NEWRedCross) and our blog (

The Southeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross serves eight counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter at 414-342-8680 or visit on the web, and

 About the American National 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 or join our blog at

Welcome Shawn Kiser – Special Events Coordinator

I’m excited to be part of the team at the American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin! I’ve called this corner of the world home my entire life. I grew up in Fond du Lac and moved to the Green Bay area in 2005. Prior to becoming the Special Events Coordinator here, I worked in the broadcasting industry. That includes 10 years of radio in Fond du Lac at KFIZ-AM, four years of radio in Green Bay at WTAQ-AM/Midwest Communications and four years of television at WBAY-TV.

During my time at WBAY-TV I was able to attend several of the American Red Cross “Dancing with the Stars” events. It’s a very successful and entertaining fundraiser and I’m looking forward to helping plan, coordinate and execute that event as part of my new job. My first two weeks have been great! My team members are very helpful and the volunteers are amazing! I applaud their dedication to such a worthy cause.

When I’m not working I’m spending time with my three-year-old daughter Calleigh Mae. She is my life and I love her very much.