American Red Cross Honors Volunteers and Supporters at Celebration of Support Event

The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin Chapter celebrated its partners at the annual Celebration of Support Event on Tuesday, June 24 at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay. Two hundred and sixty attended the event, comprised of Red Cross volunteers, community partners and The Grainger Foundation representatives; the event sponsor. The crowd was brought to their feet upon hearing the amazing acts of volunteerism and collaboration. WBAY-TV anchor, Kathryn Bracho served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

The program kicked-off with incoming Board Vice-chair, Chris Vanderheyden of Double Digit Sales Growth, welcoming words and appreciation for all who give of their time, talent and treasure to help the Red Cross fulfill its mission. Following Vanderheyden was Greg Novinska, CEO, Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region with an update on our collection, testing and distribution of life-saving blood products.  The first awards were presented to One-a-Week Club businesses and clubs who committed to at least 52 donations of blood per year, or one per week during the previous year.

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

Jean Frisch, of Wisconsin Public Service, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year award for front-line volunteers with exceptional reliability to the blood program.

(l-r)  Greg Novinska, CEO, Badger-Hawkeye Blood Service Regioin, Robert Hollenbeck, Hilary Lesperance Award Winner, and his daughter, Lori Hollenbeck

(l-r) Greg Novinska, CEO, Badger-Hawkeye Blood Service Region, Robert Hollenbeck, Hilary Lesperance Award Winner, and his daughter, Lori Hollenbeck

Associated Bank, 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.

Robert Hollenback, of Sheboygan Falls, Hilary Lesperance Award for outstanding support in the Blood Services Program.

Territory Three Disaster Action Team,  Kerrie Forester Emergency Services Award for commitment and dedication to Disaster Services.

John Mueller, of DePere, 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.

Rick Jerry, of Green Bay, Outreach Award, for outstanding service in Preparedness, Health and Safety, education and outreach.

Sharon Davister, of Green Bay& Bonnie Rozmarynowski, of Denmark, 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.

Pakou Lee, of Green Bay, Rookie of the Year, presented to a volunteer for exceptional level of service and has started within the past year.

The Konop Company, of Green Bay, Community Partnership Award, awarded to a group, individual, or business for demonstrating extraordinary support, collaboration and fulfillment of the American Red Cross mission within its core lines of service

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

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

John and Lynne Wilson, of Iron Mountain, MI, Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to the individual who has demonstrated long-term commitment to multiple programs of the American Red Cross.

(l-r) Shawn Kiser, Major Gifts Officer, Jody Weyers, Director of Volunteers, Jim Rivett, Clara Barton Award Winner, and Mary Gronnert, Foundation Manager, Schneider, Corporate Benefactor Award.

(l-r) Shawn Kiser, Major Gifts Officer, Jody Weyers, Director of Volunteers, Jim Rivett, Clara Barton Award Winner, and Mary Gronnert, Foundation Manager, Schneider, Corporate Benefactor Award.

James Rivett, of Green Bay, President of Arketype, 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.

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American Red Cross Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers and Contributors

GREEN BAY – The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter held its Volunteer Awards Banquet June 21, 2011 at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay. We were pleased to have 216 volunteers and guests attend the event sponsored by the Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance and Lyndahl Funeral Home.

The evening kicked off with a welcome and organizational update presented by Steve Maricque, Executive Director for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter. Outgoing board awards were presented to Jim Gagnon, Gagnon Clay Products and Gerald Henley, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, for their nine years of service to the board. The following board members and staff were also recognized for their inclusion in the Clara Barton Giving Society: Sharla Baenen, Jeff Bassindale, Pat Beimborn, Jim Gagnon, Michael Gallagher, Gerald Henley, Steve Maricque and Eric Witczak.

Following the welcome and dinner, individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding volunteer support.

(l-r) Debra Harrington, Judy Gregory, Emergency Services and Bonny Chapman. Debra and Bonny were both awarded the Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award.

Bonny Chapman and Debra Harrington, Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award for exceptional work in preparing for and responding to disasters in our community.

Richard Jerry, Earl and Viola Nelson Health and Safety Award for outstanding commitment and dedication as an instructor for Health and Safety Services.

Elton Petersen, Andrew Janssen Transportation Award for exceptional work in assisting the aging population and those with disabilities by providing quality transportation that helps individuals maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Dawn Miller, Community Volunteer Services Award for displaying exceptional dedication to the spirit and growth of promoting the American Red Cross and volunteerism in the community.

WBAY-TV 2, Corporate Benefactor Award presented to a business who has attained an exceptional level of commitment and support of the American Red Cross.

 Kurt VandenHouten, Individual Benefactor Award presented to the individual who has personally attained an exceptional level of commitment and support financially for the American Red Cross.

Gerald Henley, Mrs.Crane (Mary) Murphy Award for exceptional contributions by a board member for the advancement of the American Red Cross.

(l-r) Dave Liethen, Patsy Nuttall, Jody Weyers. Patsy was awarded the Ed McHugh Worker of the Year Award.

Patsy Nuttall, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year Award for exceptional reliability and dedication to the blood program

 Austin Arts, Preble High School, Teen Lifeline Award designed to recognize outstanding leadership among the Teen Lifeline Representatives of the ten area high schools.

 Green Bay Public Schools, Business, Group or Organization of the Year Award presented to the group of volunteer workers or business for years of dedication to the American Red Cross Blood Services program.

 American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 337-Pulaski, Hillary Lesperance Blood Services Award for demonstrating extraordinary support and significant impact on the Blood Services Program

Barbara Vanden Langenberg, Volunteer of the Year Award for demonstrating commitment and exceptional work to multiple programs of the American Red Cross.

(l-r) Steve Maricque, Executive Director, American Red Cross, Barbara Vanden Langenberg, Volunteer of the Year, Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director and Mauree Childress, Director of Development. Photo by: Kimberly Carroll/American Red Cross

 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.