20th Anniversary of Soup’s ON – Help Support High School Challenge


Ten area high schools and their partner restaurants are well on their way to creating a delicious soup for you to try at the 20th Annual Soup’s On fundraiser to benefit the American Red Cross. You won’t go away hungry! You’ll be spoiled with endless soup tasting, fresh grilled cheese sandwiches from Simon’s Cheese, and a variety of appetizers and desserts.

This year, the event team wanted to “spice” things up a bit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event.

“For the past 19 years, we have invited restaurants to serve their own soup creations at Soup’s On. With so many team fundraisers out there now, and with popular shows like Celebrity Chef, we wanted to give it a try and create fun teams. We ultimately decided it would be neat to engage the youth in the event. They would get to work with a professional chef, learn more about the Red Cross and give back to their community,” said Becky Bergin, Director of Special Events for the Eastern Wisconsin Region.

But there’s more to the Soup’s On – High School Challenge than great soups! The participating high schools will also be campaigning for your votes prior to the event in an effort to be awarded the Crème de la Crème fundraising trophy and $1,000 grant to use towards new cooking equipment in the classroom. One vote = one dollar.

The list of high school and restaurant teams are as follows:

Appleton East High/Café Bon Appetit

Appleton North High/Mark’s Eastside

Appleton West High/Grand Meridian

Fox Valley Lutheran High/Pullman’s at Trolley Square

Green Bay Preble High/Big Tomatoes

Hortonville High/Ione’s Dining Room (FVTC)

Little Chute High/Main Event Steakhouse

Kaukauna High/Kangaroost

Neenah High/Cannova’s Pizzeria

St. Francis Xavier High/Atlas Coffee Mill & Café

You can show your support for one or more of these teams by placing your vote today at: http://www.crowdrise.com/northeasternwisconsinsoupson

The event will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton. Tickets are on sale now and are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. 

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

Visit our YouTube channel to see Red Cross volunteers distributing cards and messages in previous years: Holiday Mail for Heroes YouTube playlist.

Each year we collect cards between October and early December and then distribute them at military installations, veterans hospitals, and in other locations.

Throughout the year, you can make a difference with a monetary gift to Help Military Families through the Red Cross. Your donation can help change a military family’s life. Donate Now.

There are several ways to be part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In addition to sending cards on your own, you may want to start making plans to host card signing parties or card making parties. Here are a few guidelines to help you on your way:

Card Guidelines:

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
  • If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights

MD 20791-5456

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th. Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

Kewaunee Celebrates our Veterans and Active Military

By John Kost, Regional Manager, Service to Armed Forces

Saturday, September 15, representing the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program I was with the community of Kewaunee celebrating Veterans and the work and sacrifices they have given to our country.  It is amazing to be in a close community such as this that takes time to honor and remember those who have served and continue to serve. Local veterans from past and current wars are coming through and sharing their experiences with each other and if you are lucky, as I am, they share a part of their service with you.

Husbands, Fathers, Brothers, and Sons

Today we remember D-Day.  Tuesday June 6th of 1944, 160,000 Allied soldiers from fourteen countries ranging from 16 to 56 years of age landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily- fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy.  Husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons they were, knowing they had a difficult and worrisome duty to do this day, to begin the liberation of Europe and start the end of World War 2.  More than 9000 allied soldiers would be killed and wounded and in days ahead families at home waiting would learn the fate of their loved one.   

Most of us can only imagine what those men on the Liberty ships might have been thinking and the thoughts and emotions they had waiting for their turn to land on the beach, or anxiety their families at home were having when learning the invasion had started.  Today for most young Americans, this day 68 years ago is a brief mention in a school history book or a day on a calendar.  Our World War Two Veterans; the husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons, of this time are still with us but fewer each passing day. 

Take time for a moment of silence to remember the servicemen and their families who gave full measure this day for freedom and if you see a Veteran or know one, shake their hand and thank them for what they did.

 To learn more about D-Day visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/ or the work of American Red Cross who followed the soldiers ashore at http://www.redcross.org/museum/history/WW2c.asp

Red Cross aids those in military service; Remember those on Memorial Day

Written by: Bri Tarpey is public affairs intern for American Red Cross North Central Wisconsin – republished from the Wausau Daily Herald

Every day men and women are apart from their families in order to serve their country. They are missing graduations, births, holidays and other important family events. They worry about whether someone is sick, just as the families worry about whether troops will make it home.

It only seems fair that we honor our service members with National Military Appreciation Month during May.

The American Red Cross has an entire service line dedicated to serving the Armed Forces. We serve 24 million veterans, 1.4 million active duty members, 1.2 million National Guard and Reservists, and all of their family members.

The American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces include:

  • Providing emergency communications between military members and their families.
  • Supporting hospital outreach and veterans programs.
  • Providing services and programs for deployed service members and their families.
  • Supporting wounded warriors programs.
  • Supporting families coping with the stress of deployments.

Leaving for a deployment is overwhelming for everyone. In 2009, the American Red Cross reached 1.2 million people through “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us” briefings to help increase awareness of our services before military members left.

A number of events can happen during a deployment. The Red Cross provides emergency communications 24/7, as well as immediate financial assistance in the case of an emergency.

Red Cross volunteers assist wounded troops in military hospitals and on the front lines through volunteers on military installations around the world, including places such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.

The American Red Cross is here for military members and their families before, during, and after a deployment. Many veterans coming home face problems of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and thoughts of suicide. Hundreds of thousands of service members return from deployment with these injuries; unfortunately, less than one percent actually get treated.

If a service member you know needs Red Cross assistance, visit www.redcross.org or call 800-REDCROSS or 800-733-2767.

Reflection on the Operation Greatest Generation

By John Kost, Service to the Armed Forces Regional Manager

Jerry Prellwitz and John Kost in their WWII era American Red Cross uniforms.

American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces (SAF) attended Operation Greatest Generation at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay Friday May 4th.  Operation Greatest Generation was a State of Wisconsin organized event to thank World War 2 Veterans their service.  Our role last Friday was to provide Canteen Service- a service American Red Cross SAF is historically known for and still continues to this day.Dressed in Red Cross era uniforms of the day, canteen service was provided at the train depot for the arriving and departing veterans and their families.  For all Red Crossers working it was memorable day listening to the veterans share stories of how Red Cross helped them, and how it must of felt at that time to be serving the many your soldiers, sailors, marines, and airman during the warDid you know the canteen corps of Red Cross during the war provided 163 million cups of coffee, 254 million doughnuts, and 121 million meals with a staff as large as 105,571 volunteers.  Many more services, almost long and forgottten, were provided during this time.To learn more about Red Cross during World War 2 visit the Red Cross Museum at: www.redcross.org/museum/history/ww2a.asp.

Red Cross pushes for blood before holiday season

Jennifer Blanton, collection specialist, visits with Donald Gilbert of Green Bay as he donates blood during Tuesday’s drive at the Lambeau Field Atrium. The blood drive was hosted by the American Red Cross and the Green Bay Packers. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette

Written by Charles Davis Green Bay Press-Gazette

“If he wouldn’t have pushed me, I would have never gave. I just wouldn’t have thought about it,” Judy Landwehr of De Pere said as she lay back in a lounge chair. She said she had not donated blood in about eight years due to low iron levels.

The Green Bay Packers and the American Red Cross partnered on the event, which was held on the Legends Club Level on the fourth floor.

The Landwehrs both have A-positive blood types, which means they could donate to one another if needed.

“We’re good for each other,” Judy Landwehr said with a smile.

Visitors on Tuesday each donated a pint of blood, which can save up to three lives. Organizers said 268 people donated blood, which
could benefit more than 800 people, said Bobbi Snethen, spokeswoman of the regional Red Cross blood services that covers much of Wisconsin, Iowa and Upper Michigan.

“It’s an outstanding turnout. Everyone wants to come to Lambeau Field,” she said while watching a handful of people who drank coffee or ate chocolate chip cookies after donating blood.

There is a greater need for O-negative blood, which can be given to patients with any blood type, she said. The Red Cross also had
increased need for A-negative and B-negative blood types. The Red Cross generally meets local needs first before blood is sent nationwide, Snethen said.

The blood drive was important because donors are typically busier during the holiday season and sometimes don’t come out due to weather concerns, she said. Getting blood drawn takes about 15 minutes.

The most common blood types are O-positive and A-positive. People are eligible to donate a pint of blood once every eight weeks.

“Which a lot of people forget,” Snethen said. “We call them and remind them.”

The event also featured a raffle with the chance to win Packers collectibles. Visitors also signed holiday cards, donated by Oshkosh-based Miles Kimball Co., as part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program, which sends messages to service members.

Richard Huguet, 69, of De Pere wore a gray Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV T-shirt. He began donating his A-negative blood this
summer after a nearly 45-year hiatus, he said. “It helps a lot of people out,” he said.