You’re Invited to the 9th Annual Heroes Musicales Extravaganza!

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Beautiful Waushara county isn’t just for antiquing, water activities, quaint restaurants and lovely family-run B & B’s and hotels, we’re the center of the musical world on Saturday, April 30th. Especially if you like world-class musicians, delicious hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and more than 200 silent auction treasures, please join us at the 9th Annual Heroes Musicales at the log home of American Red Cross volunteers Vicki & John Jenks just west of Wild Rose. Three Musicales (mini concerts) from Wisconsin’s Best Bluegrass Band,  a trio back by popular demand who are NPR ‘regulars’ plus a Carnegie Hall pianist and Chicago’s finest harpist will delight your senses. This volunteer driven event has the local support of businesses, organizations, churches and philanthropic citizens alike. Proceeds from the day support Disaster Relief & Education along with Services to Armed Forces!

Heroes Musicales line-up:

  • 11:00a.m. Features the down-home, authentic sound of Wisconsin’s Best Bluegrass Band, Art Stevenson & High Water.  Heard on bluegrass radio programs around the USA, they’ve received critical acclaim in Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now industry publications.
  • 1:30p.m. Harmonious Wail is “back by popular demand!”  National Public Radio ‘regulars’ and the recipient of countless MAMA and Isthmus Readers Polls, the Wail features “smoldering vocals and an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, and folk music.”
  • 4:00p.m. Carnegie Hall virtuoso pianist, Jodie DeSalvo and Chicago’s finest harpist, Faye Seeman.  Their “Made in America” show will include Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and so much more!

The Heroes Musicales were conceived by John & Vicki Jenks nine years ago as a way to marry their passion for music and the communities need for disaster relief and education programs. Since then, this event has grown with outstanding support from Waushara, Green Lake, Marquette and Waupaca County disaster volunteers along with this year’s sponsors:  Badger Mining Corporation, Farmers State Bank, 1st National Bank, Martz Insurance, Waupaca Foundry, Brakebush Brothers, Krause Foundation, Mt. Morris Holden WELCA. All Saints CCW, Anita & Lawrence Mielke Memorial Fund, John Gusmer, Jackie King, Rose Wendt, and Rick & Joni Parks.

Seats are limited and always sell-out! Reserve your seats now at just $35 per person/per musicale. To order, please email Vicki Jenks at vickipjenks@gmail.com or call 920-231-3590.

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2015 Heros Musicales / Red Cross Fundraiser / Central Wisconsin Photographer

*Blog reposted with permission from Studio 455 Photography.

On May 19th, I volunteered to photograph the 8th Annual Heros Musicales, an American Red Cross fundraiser founded and hosted by John and Vicki Jenks. Throughout the afternoon I had the privilege of hearing two different concerts. First, Greg Boerner, a singer / songwriter who played a blend of blues, folk, country, and rock and roll all in an awesome southern style. One of my favorites from his set was, “The Hong Kong Cafe.”

The last concert of the afternoon featured Liam Teague on steel pan and Robert Chappell on percussion. It was nothing short of magical. I was delighted that they started their set with one of my all time favorites, “Tico Tico.”

Throughout the course of the afternoon, concert goers had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, learn about the Red Cross from people who have benefited from their services, share in hospitality, and visit with one another. It was a truly unique fundraiser and easy to see why it has grown to be so popular.  What could be better than an awesome concert for an important cause?

1:30 Concert - Greg Boerner Guitarist/singer/songwriter

1:30 Concert – Greg Boerner Guitarist/singer/songwriter

4:00 p.m. concert with Liam Teague and Robert Chappell

4:00 p.m. concert with Liam Teague and Robert Chappell

*We thank and recognize Jeremy and Kristin Albright from Studio 455 Photography for volunteering their time and talent to a great cause.

FARMERS STATE BANK: American Red Cross HERO

By Vicki Jenks, Red Cross Disaster Team Member and American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Board Member

Shown left to right:  Laine Lazers, President, Farmers State Bank; Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member;  and Jay Krcmar, Vice President, Farmers State Bank.

Shown left to right: Laine Lazers, President, Farmers State Bank; Vicki P. Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member; and Jay Krcmar, Vice President, Farmers State Bank.

For eight consecutive years, Farmers State Bank, Waupaca & Wild Rose branches, has generously supported HEROES, a community collaboration benefitting the local work of the American Red Cross.  This year’s generous $1,000 gift will be utilized for Local Disaster Relief.

The most prevalent local disasters are RESIDENTIAL FIRES—winter being the busiest, worst time of the year.  When the Red Cross is called in for support, trained volunteers provide immediate needs ranging from personal hygiene items, a place to stay, financial assistance, medications, quilts, stuffed toys, and a shoulder to lean on.  The Red Cross also supports first responders with food and hydration.  The AMERICAN RED CROSS—90% volunteers—arrives with hearts filled with compassion and a plan to support families in a very emotional, difficult time.

 “Down the street, across the country, around the world…the Red Cross is there.   Special thanks to Farmers State Bank for their steadfast belief in the world’s greatest humanitarian organization.

 HEROES 2015 Musicales are set for Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16th.   For tickets and silent auction donor information,  call Vicki P. Jenks, Red Cross board member,  at (920) 622-3152.    

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Heroes 2014 Musicales Wrap Up: Resounding Success!

By Vicki Jenks, American Red Cross Board Member, Disaster Volunteer and Hero. 

The amazing duo of John and Vicki Jenks.

The amazing duo of John and Vicki Jenks.

On a picture-perfect Saturday—April 26th— in “wild” Wild Rose—the 7th annual HEROES 2014 Musicales exceeded every goal set last fall.  Two hundred HEROES comprised of Red Cross employees, board members, volunteers and generous supporters, CELEBRATED the greatest humanitarian organization in the world!

My husband, John and I open up our home, and with the support of the Tri-County Disaster Team, we host an entertaining day filled with music and giving!

Thank you to our musician HEROES including the Chicago-based Robin Lukas Trio, Madison’s Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Trio from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who thoroughly entertained the assembled fans!

Always a “sell-out”, the HEROES MUSICALES is the “hottest ticket in town.”  A special touch at the conclusion of each musicale is the audience  sing-a-long of traditional favorites, “Amazing Grace” and “America, the Beautiful”.

The Musicales began in 2008 as a small concert presented by professional musicians along with myself and my husband, John, a grand total of $3,308.39 was raised.  We were thrilled to purchase a shelter trailer & equipment that year!  This year’s Musicales raised nearly $70,000! This total is a combination of ticket sales, in-kind contributions, sponsorships and silent auction treasures.

?????????????????????????????The most-coveted silent auction item—at $250 “2 Die 4 Chocolate Cake with Strawberries” made by Wild Rose citizen, Marcia Riendeau (pictured left).

The Heroes 2014 Musicales represents just 12-13% of the entire HEROES experience.

We are especially grateful to the numerous media partners, businesses, individuals, service clubs, foundations, churches and youth who contribute their time, talent and treasure.

Funds raised will be utilized for local Disaster Relief and Service to the Armed Forces in the counties of Waushara, Green Lake, Marquette and Waupaca.

There is no ceiling to being a HERO!

SAVE THE DATE:  HEROES 2015 will be Saturday, May 16th‘Armed Forces Day’ which will also celebrate the 110th anniversary of Service to the Armed Forces, born in 1905.

Click HERE to see additional pictures from the event.

Join Us for the 7th Annual HEROES MUSICALES

Enjoy the musical stylings of the Robin Lukas Trio, Harmonious Wail and the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet featuring Leah Zeger.

Advance Tickets $30, ACT TODAY – Always a “SELLOUT!”

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6th Annual HEROES BENEFIT MUSICALES

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Jenks Heroes Campaign & Musicales a huge success!

Message from Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive, American Red Cross

Please join me in congratulating Vicki and John Jenks for surpassing their goal of raising $25,000 through this year’s Heroes Campaign & Musicales event! At the conclusion of Saturday’s festivities, Vicki and John announced that approximately $26,500 had been raised with some funds still expected to come in!  Serving as true ambassadors for the American Red Cross, we are so blessed to have these two wonderful people involved with our organization. 

Like so many of our volunteers, they are the lifeline of the American Red Cross and the link to our communities, building goodwill and support throughout Eastern Wisconsin. Vicki, John and the entire Heroes Campaign Team, we absolutely could not do it without you! Please take this opportunity to take a bow, you deserve it!

 Click HERE for a link to pictures from the Musicales posted to Facebook.

Have a great week everyone.

Steve