Happy Birthday to our 24 Manikins!

Happy 1 year Birthday to our 24 Manikins donated by the Wisconsin Public Services Foundation. We want to say thank you again to WPS for your continued support in the community and helping us with the tools we need to provide quality lifesaving training!

(l-r) Dawn Krull, Kim Carroll and Carla Lee, Health and Safety Staff Celebrating with the Manikins

Press Release – July 6, 2010

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has received a donation from the Wisconsin Public Services Foundationto purchase lightweight manikins to be used for community safety training programs. 

“We are proud to be able to provide the Red Cross with this donation to support the health and safety initiatives, specifically to purchase 24 lightweight manikins for training in CPR courses,” said Karmen Lemke. Manager – Community Relations/Contributions, Wisconsin Public Service Corp.

With contributions from businesses and community members, we are given the opportunity to provide the highest quality training available today.  Thanks to the generous gift from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation the Lakeland Chapter will be able to update its manikins by purchasing 24 Prestan manikins.

The Prestan manikins each have a CPR Rate Monitor that provides instant feedback to both students and instructors about the rate of chest compressions to better your training experience.  Student will have a realistic experience that will provide for the best “real life” CPR outcomes.  In addition, the manikins are light-weight and easy to set up at training sites.  These features will allow instructors to easily access workplaces to provide convenient training options.  Overall, the Prestan manikins will award students confidence in their life-saving skills and be a great asset to the chapter!

 The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, incorporated in 1964, is a private, charitable foundation that supports charities and organizations that need financial assistance.  Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is funded by stockholders of the corporation, not by its electric and gas customers.  Through direct grants, scholarships and an employee Matching Gifts and Dollars for Doers program, the Foundation actively supports improvements in the quality of life in the communities served by Wisconsin Public Service.   

Bagging Groceries for Tips Fundraiser a Huge Success

Jenny Short, Corporate Community Relations Leader for Wisconsin Public Service and Lakeland Chapter Board Member, helping bag groceries for tips to support the Red Cross at Angeli’s in Marinette.

By Andy Duchow, Red Cross Volunteer

On Saturday, February 5th,  Angeli’s in Marinette hosted the “Bagging Groceries for Tips” fundraising event to benefit the local Red Cross. Volunteers from all over the Lakeland Chapter came out to support, as well as employees from the local Nicolet National Bank branches.  We bagged groceries for the customers of Angeli’s from 8am-5pm in return for tips. It was a long day, and by the end everyone had a healthy respect for the grocery bagging profession.

A big thank you goes out to the thirty-one volunteers who turned out for the event, and also to Angeli’s for opening their store to our fundraising efforts.  The event raised over $1,300 which will be used to purchase some much needed pagers for the area disaster response team.  The disaster team of the Marinette/Menominee area use a pager system to mobilize volunteers when a disaster occurs, so they can be ready anytime, anywhere.

If you would like to get involved with the Marinette/Menominee Disaster Team please contact Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director at 920-227-4287 or weyersj@arclakeland.org

Congratulations Betty Bonfigt; WPS Blood Drive Coordinator

(l-r) Sonja Juric, Donor Recruitment Supervisor and Michelle Otero, Bilingual Donor Recruitment Representative presenting Betty a plaque for her years of service.

On Friday, October 8th the American Red Cross had the pleasure of attending the Wisconsin Public Service retirement party for Betty Bonfigt.  Betty was the recipient of the American Red Cross Service Award for her 15 years of dedicated service to blood services.  She has been committed to organizing and coordinating the blood drives and One-A-Week club at Wisconsin Public Service since 1995. She has had a tremendous impact on donors, patients, and the community.  The American Red Cross wishes Betty the very best in her retirement and will always welcome her back for more volunteering opportunities.