Soup’s On raises $35,000 for local Red Cross services

Soup’s On, the signature fundraising event for the American Red Cross-Outagamie Chapter, raised nearly $35,000 for local services.

The 17th annual Soup’s On was held Jan. 20th at the Grand Meridian in Appleton. The funds raised through ticket sales, silent auction, raffles and corporate sponsorships support a variety of local Red Cross services, including disaster relief, services to the Armed Forces, shopping and errand services for homebound older adults and disabled individuals and life-saving health and safety education and training.

“Raising $35,000 in our challenging economic environment is a huge success,” said Chapter Executive Director Tony Gonzalez. “We really appreciate everyone who came out to help us raise funds to assist over 10,000 people who receive chapter services every year.”

Gonzalez also thanked the event volunteers, the restaurants who donated food and other food items for the event and local businesses who purchased sponsorships or donated items for the silent auction. “Everyone working together made this event a huge success,” he said.

For more information, please visit or call 920-733-4481.

“Little Hero – Big Hero” Family Preparedness Event

Created: Jan 10, 2011, by Kristin Kent, WFRV-TV 5

First Aid and Preparedness supports Be Red Cross Ready, a nationwide initiative launched by the Red Cross to help prepare for emergencies and disasters before they happen. This initiative challenges each person to take three actions to help make their families, workplaces, schools and neighborhoods safer:
 Get a kit
 Make a plan.
 Be informed.

Kimberly High School DECA (An association of Marketing Students) has joined forces with the American Red Cross – Outagamie Chapter to help families in the community prepare for an emergency, while raising funds to facilitate the purchase of a generator to power the chapter in the event of a disaster in Outagamie County, allowing the chapter to meet the needs of the community while faced with a power outage. The proceeds from the “Little Hero-Big Hero” Family Preparedness Event will benefit the chapter’s generator fundraising efforts.

Garrett Nelson, Hayden Hoffmann, and Curtis Schwister, 3 Kimberly High School Students have organized the “Little Hero-Big Hero” Family Preparedness Event within their community. The “Little Hero-Big Hero” Family Preparedness Event includes age-appropriate Basic Aid Training & Babysitter Training that will be taught to children while their parents, high school age siblings, teachers, or other community members are also being trained in CPR/AED & First Aid. The entire family can walk away from this event Red Cross Ready!

Basic skills, such as CPR and knowing what to do if someone is choking, SAVE LIVES. Research shows that the shorter the time from collapse to when CPR is initiated and the first shock from an automated external defibrillator (AED) is given, the greater the chance of survival of cardiac arrest. Protect your loved ones with American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and Babysitter training today!

To register your family for the “Little Hero Big-Hero” Family Preparedness Event, please contact the American Red Cross Outagamie County Chapter at (920) 733-4481.

Pre-Registration is required.

Date: Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lunch is Provided!
Location: Sunrise Elementary School, N9363 Exploration Avenue, Appleton, WI 54915

Babysitter Training: $55.00 Per Person 10-15 Year Olds
Basic Aid Training: $15.00 Per Person 7-12 Year Olds
Adult, Child, Infant CPR/AED & First Aid Training: $60.00/Per Person 15 Years & Older

Soup’s On Event a Tasty way to Aid Outagamie Chapter of American Red Cross

January 9, 2011: Appleton Post Cresent

As winter’s grip tightens, the yearning for a hot, delicious bowl of soup grows.

The Outagamie Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold its 17th annual Soup’s On fundraising event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton.

Each year, the event raises funds for the many services provided by the Outagamie Chapter, including disaster services, support and comfort for military members and their families, health and safety training and shopping and errand services for disabled and elderly residents.

The event will feature soup from 12 local restaurants: CSI/Appleton, Mark’s East Side, Grand Meridian, Butte des Morts Country Club, Michiels Fox Banquets, Flanagan’s Wine Review, Atlas Coffee Mill, Plum Hill, The Seasons, North Shore Golf Club, Zuppas and Van Abel’s. The restaurants will provide award-winning soups to attendees, who will vote for the next winner of the Ladle Award.

The event will also include cheese from Simons Specialty Cheese, desserts from Simple Simon Bakery, breads from Great Harvest Bread Co., appetizers from McCain Foods, waffle treats from Culvers Frozen Custard, chocolates from Wilmar Chocolates, an assortment of beers and gourmet sodas provided by Stone Cellar Brew Pub, wine tasting provided by Flanagan’s Wine Review and entertainment from the Patty LeClair Trio, a Lawrence University jazz trio.

“We cannot thank participating restaurants and other donors enough for continuing to support our chapter’s biggest fundraising event each year,” said Tony Gonzalez, executive director of the Outagamie Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We are so grateful to be part of a community that looks forward to getting together each year for a night of fun and food to people who need vital Red Cross services.”

The evening’s master of ceremonies will be Len Nelson from WAPL radio. Attendees will also have the chance to buy tickets for the drop raffle to win artwork, wines and other prizes or to bid in the silent auction to win jewelry, artwork and golf getaway packages.