“Songs of the Season” Red Cross Benefit Rousing Success!

IvoryWind at the Steakhouse 024On Saturday, December 8th, Ivory Wind with Strings held an immensely successful candlelight Christmas concert, “Songs of the Season”, at the First Presbyterian Church in Weyauwega.

This third annual event raised over $2,000 for local disaster action team and fire prevention programs, as part of the HEROES for the American Red Cross program.

New to HEROES this year is the integration of “Service to the Armed Forces” (SAF)  which ensures that service members, veterans and their families have worldwide, around-the-clock access to timely and reliable humanitarian services.  The beauty of HEROES is its local impact—in this particular instance—Waupaca County.

Ivory Wind with Strings is a trio of amazingly talented musicians.  Joyce Josie, piano, is the music director at First Presbyterian Church of Weyauwega.  Ann Stevens, flute, has played with the Waupaca Community Orchestra for the past 27 years and works at Aurora Community Services assisting individuals with disabilities.  Laurie Young, violin, joined the group in 2009 and has played violin since age 7.  She is Occupational Therapist and Rehab Director at St. Joseph’s Residence in New London.

Vicki P. Jenks, Board member for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin and Disaster Action Team volunteer, shared with the large audience that, “Joyce, Ann and Laurie are HEROES for the American Red Cross, but so are YOU.  You are the backbone of your communities.  You step up, time and time again, and DONATE.  The Red Cross could not exist without you!”

Heroes Gift

Thank you to First National Bank  for your $2,000 HEROES gift to support local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces. We are so thankful for your continued support of the American Red Cross.

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In Picture: (l-r) Vicki Jenks,  American Red Cross Board Member and Disaster Volunteer, Kristine Smith, First National Bank, and Betsy Wandtke, American Red Cross Major Gifts Officer.

We are on What’s Happening Waupaca August Episode

Do you live in the Waupaca area? Check your cable access TV station Win-TV this month. Look for Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director and Nick Cluppert, Disaster Services, talking about the Red Cross, volunteer needs and what it is like to be a disaster volunteer.

Or you can Watch now!  Red Cross is the second segment.

Thank you Win-TV for sharing our message on the need for disaster volunteers and our support in the community.

Waupaca one of hardest hit areas during snow storm

WAUPACA, Wis. (WFRV) Reported by: Heather Sawaski – Crews vowed to work through the night Wednesday to try and restore power to everyone in the Waupaca-area. Slowly but surely, the lights were coming back on.

It was all smiles from customers at the Mobile Truck Stop off Highway 10 late Wednesday afternoon. But just minutes earlier, everyone was in the dark. The 24-hour restaurant was without power for more than four hours. But that didn’t mean the owners closed up shop.

“We’ve prided ourselves for the last 37 years of staying open and giving travelers a place to stop and gain their wits,” Manager Steve Klismet explained.

They weren’t able to cook or sell food, but employees manned the gas station next door and handed out snacks and bottled drinks.

“We pulled our service trucks up and shined our lights in the building so we could see what’s going on,” said Klismit. “And people could see there was activity going. So people were pulling in off the road.”

The rest of the city didn’t escape Mother Nature. At one time, WPS reported more than 6,000 Waupaca-area customers without power.

“I like snow but this one is just too wet and heavy to shovel,” commented resident Julie Baron.

The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at the middle school for anyone needing food or a warm place to sleep.

“Just so people know we’re here,” said Red Cross Volunteer Andrew Stanislawski. “They’re welcome to come and we’ll do whatever we can.”

Stanislawski said they’ll be there to help until the first winter mess of the season is cleared.

“We were ready for the long haul but it worked out good for us,” Steve Klismit added.