Stir It Up 2019 – Sunday, November 3rd

Join us for the 5th Annual Stir It Up, a Walworth County-wide fundraiser on Sunday, November 3 from 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. at Elkhorn Area High School.  



This year’s event benefits: VIP Services, area high school music programs and other local charitable organizations.

Musical performances from Elkhorn Area High School Jazz Band and Chorus as well as other area high school music groups!

Tickets prices:

$10 for Youth (ages 7 – 17)

$25 for General Admission

$75 for Preferred Seating (includes preferred front row seating, preferred parking and table service)

To purchase your tickets on-line:  click here!

For more information or a list of participating restaurants, go to:

The event is hosted by VIP Services and the Rotary Club of Elkhorn.


VIP’s 25th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing – Monday, June 10th


The VIP Services 25th Annual Golf Outing is Monday, June 10th at Big Foot Country Club.  The event is presented by Kikkoman Foods, Inc. and the Kikkoman Foods Foundation.  

Funds generated from this annual event play a vital role in supporting the mission of VIP Services to empower people with disabilities to explore and experience endless possibilities.



Registration Form: 2019 VIP Services Golf & Tennis Outing Brochure

New this year…a Tennis Tournament in a round robin format!  Cost is $100 for entry fee and dinner.  Space is limited to 16 participants. For more info, contact Julie at the number listed below.  

To register on-line:

  1. Individual Golfer – $300 – click here!
  2. Foursome Sponsor – $1,200 – click here!
  3. Birdie Sponsor – $1,500 – click here!
  4. Eagle Sponsor – $2,500 – click here!
  5. Medal Sponsor aka make a donation – click here!

Event Schedule:

  • 10:00 a.m.    Registration, Putting Green Opens and Buffet Lunch
  • 11:30 a.m.     Shotgun Start
  • 1:00 p.m.      Tennis Tournament begins
  • 5:00 p.m.      19th Hole Reception
  • 6:15 p.m.       Welcome, Dinner, Program, Auctions and Awards

 2019 Sponsors To Date:

Presenting Sponsor – Kikkoman Foods Inc. and Kikkoman Foods Foundation

Awards Dinner Sponsor – Tankcraft / Plasticraft

Lunch Sponsors – Kathi and Mike George

Eagle Sponsors:

Birdie Sponsors:


  • Larry Kosiek, John Platz, Jake Harness and Bob Martin
  • Tim Brellenthin & Family
  • Howard Storck, Gus Andrade, Tom Kwiatowski and Bob Fishbune
  • Toby Steivang, Don Buchert and friends


Platinum Medal Sponsors:

Gold Medal Sponsors:

Silver Medal Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Dr. Garrett and Kathleen Berley
  • Joe and Carolyn Chambers
  • Lynn and Ann Crawford
  • Greg and Debbie Hammes
  • House Check – Mike and Peggy Bentley
  • Dan and Lanette Maurina
  • Dan Mueller – Swingrail Company
  • Joel and Sue Stokes-Nelson
  • Oasis Salon – Donna Lafferty
  • Peck & Weis Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electric
  • Wayne and Karen Rockenbach
  • Fred Van Strydronck
  • Gerald and Barbara Tax
  • Mark R. Weksler & Company
  • Bradley Young

Friend Sponsors:

  • Jill Burch
  • Brian and Liz Fanning
  • William and Marie Trow

GOLF OUTING EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Co-chairs Cherie Ackman and Bob Putnam, Cheri Brost, Kathi George, Jim Homan, Regan Homan, Larry Kosiek, Donna Neshek, Bill Ring and Mark Stinebrink.

For sponsorship & golfer info, please contact Julie Cotter at 262-723-4043 ext. 105 or  


Ruth’s Retirement & Kitchen Closing Reminders

After 24+ years, Ruth Shilts, Food Services Supervisor is retiring from VIP Services. We are very grateful for her dedication and hard work, always cheerfully greeting everyone and welcoming them to the cafeteria. Congratulations Ruth on a well-deserved retirement.  We will miss you!! 🎉

With the kitchen permanently closing after May 31, we wanted to share a few reminders for clients, participants, families and caregivers:

  1. Please plan on bringing your own food, utensils, plates, napkins, clothing protectors, condiments and snacks.  
  2. Refrigeration will not available. Ice/cold packs are encouraged to keep lunches cold while being stored in lockers.
  3. For those who can independently use them, VIP does have microwaves available but not microwave safe dishes. Thermos’ are encouraged for those who can’t microwave and need to keep food warm.  
  4. VIP will continue to have a soda machine/bottled water at $.50 per can/bottle.
  5. VIP has 3 water fountains with water bottle filling stations throughout the building.

Our thanks to everyone while we work through the transition of the kitchen closing. 


Thank You VIP Volunteers!

Thank you to our amazing VIP Volunteers for the work they do year-round.  Each year, our volunteers complete more than 1,500 hours of service! We are truly grateful for their generosity of time, dedication, energy and enthusiasm.


Kelly Findlay: Featured Speaker at the Walworth County ARC Luncheon

Fontana, Wisconsin – More than 400 guests attended the Walworth County ARC’s Women 2019 Luncheon, “Cheers to 20 Years” at the beautiful Abbey Resort on Saturday, April 13th.  Featured speakers were Alex Voskuil, President of the Walworth County ARC and Kelly Findlay, VIP Services Client. Kelly shared her inspirational life story of overcoming many challenges to lead a life of greater independence. The luncheon raises funds to support the general welfare of people with developmental disabilities and fosters the research and development of programs on their behalf.

Kelly Findlay, VIP Services Client shares her inspirational life story at the Walworth County ARC Luncheon. Pictured with Kelly is Alex Voskuil, President of the ARC.











The Walworth County ARC has played a pivotal role in the life of VIP Services and continues to do so today.  Their generous support has supported pilot programs, including the start-up and development of the volunteer program, initiation of the Self-Determination training and the new county-wide recreation program, Rec Connect open to all people with disabilities. In addition to VIP, the ARC provides scholarships for students entering the special education field along with support and assistance to organizations such as Lakeland School and Walworth County Adult Special Olympics.

History:  In 1970, a dedicated group of parents from the Walworth County ARC initiated a study group to provide a future for their children who were beginning to graduate from Lakeland School and having a hard time finding a place in the community.  VIP Services was founded to serve adults with disabilities in the area of vocational rehabilitation.


Volunteer Recognition – Thank You VIP Volunteers!

A student volunteer from Elkhorn Area High School’s AVID program works with Cliff on an interactive project to increase fine motor skills and have fun!

April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that our amazing volunteers do year-round. Volunteers are truly the backbone of VIP; people we need, trust and value. In 2018, volunteers completed more than 1,500 hours of service! 

Who are VIP Volunteers? Our Board members, corporate volunteers, school activity volunteers, community members and VIP Ambassadors.  Check out our volunteers in action – click here!  Thank you VIP Volunteers, we are truly blessed. ❤️



VIP’s 34th Annual Recognition Dinner & Celebration

Almost 200 clients, business representatives, family members and guests recently convened at Evergreen Golf Club to pay tribute to VIP Services outstanding Individual Achievement Honorees for 2018.  The 2018 Client Individual Achievement Honorees celebrated were Jennifer Coon, Heather Helman, Clifford Katzman, Steven Lempart, Cheyanne Michael, Gina Pollock, Briana Scaro, Jason Tieman, and Stephen Weisbrod.  Clients are selected by those that have achieved increased time and/or meaningful associations and connections in more integrated and inclusive settings. The individuals have demonstrated progress in the following areas:

  • Achieved employment in an integrated setting
  • Made a meaningful connection with a community member
  • Explored a community based setting that contributed to significant discovery of a new interest or skill
  • Transitioned services from facility based to community
  • Provided evidence that they are moving toward living a “full life”
  • Made significant progress toward their meaningful, measurable objective and/or
  • Accomplished something no one thought possible.

The 2018 partners honored were Pizza Ranch of Elkhorn – Employer of the Year, CRV Electronics Corporation – Business Partner of the Year and the Elkhorn Rotary Club – Community Partner of the Year.  These partners are key to VIP Services success in providing meaningful work experiences and opportunities both on site and in the community.

In addition, Cindy Simonsen, Executive Director of VIP Services was honored for 25 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the agency.  Decorations for the event were generously donated by Wishing Well Florist of Elkhorn.

2018 Individual Achievement Award Recipients First row: Jennifer Coon, Clifford Katzman, Cheyanne Michael and Briana Scaro Second row: Heather Helman, Stephen Weisbrod and Jason Tieman

Cindy Simonsen, Executive Director of VIP Services was honored for 25 years of dedicated service to the agency by Ed Scaro, Board President.

2018 Business Partner of the Year – The great crew from CRV Electronics Corporation along with Rob Likes of VIP, Ed Scaro and Cindy Simonsen.

Elkhorn Rotary Club – 2018 Community Partner of the Year First row: Chris Aune, Dawn Heath, Bryan Iwicki and Bill Campbell of the Elkhorn Rotary Club Second row: Ed Scaro and Cindy Simonsen




May 2019 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in May?  For the PDF version: May 2019 Lunch Calendar


VIP’s Bowl-a-thon: Event Recap

On Saturday, March 2nd more than 100 bowlers participated in the VIP Services’ 11th Annual Bowl-a-thon at Delavan Lanes presented by Casey’s General Store.  It was a wonderful success raising more than $16,000 to support programs and services.

Check out these fabulous event photos – click here! 

Team totals and pictures to be posted…stay tuned!  








VIP Bowl-a-thon 2019 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Casey’s General Stores

Strike Sponsor
The Weber Boys

Spare Sponsors
House Check – Peggy & Michael Bentley
Integra, Inc. – Monroe & Deena Putnam
Bob & Missy Putnam

Team Sponsors
Advia Credit Union
Annie Frame’s Family (Neill & Pam Frame)
Kathi & Mike George
Greenbriar Canine Academy – Cindy Simonsen
Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes
Prop Shaft Supply Inc.

Lane Sponsors
Avidity Science
Michael & Peggy Bentley – House Check
Big Foot Storage
Ron & Ann Deschner
Fontana Family Dentistry, LLC
Heckel Tool & Manufacturing Corporation
Madison Street Subs
Donna & Tom Neshek Family Foundation
Oak Leaf Capital Partners – Chris Reed
Steven Pils
Bob & Missy Putnam
Bill & Margaret Ring
Robertson Ryan & Associates, Inc. – office of Jeff & Nancy Parrish
Royal Basket Trucks
Southern Lakes Credit Union
State Farm – office of Chuck Palma
Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly
Voskuil Adult Family Home
Walworth County ARC
Youngquist & Kennedy Orthodontics

General Sponsors
Engine Design Machine
Jim & Christine Lovell
McCullough’s Prescriptions & Gifts
Joel & Sue Stokes-Nelson
Pete’s Porting Service





Rec Connect – Register NOW for Spring Programs

The Social Voyagers group learned how to rock climb at Timber Ridge!

Registration is NOW OPEN for spring programs!  Rec Connect is our new Walworth County-wide recreation program that is available to all people with disabilities. This program collaborates with existing organizations, programs and entities and develops additional options consistent with consumer needs and interests.  For a PDF version of the new schedule:  Spring 2019 Activities at a Glance.

Special Events:

  1. Saint Patrick’s Day Party: Saturday, March 16 from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. For more info or to register.
  2. Sock Hop Dance: Saturday, April 27 from 6:00—8:00 p.m. For more info or to register.
  3. Water Park Adventures at Timber Ridge: Wednesday, May 15 from 5:00—7:00 p.m. For more info or to register.
  4. A Night Out In The Town: Sunday, May 19 from 2:30—6:30 p.m. For more info or to register.
  5. Picnic In The Park: Saturday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. For more info or to register.

Weekly Programs: 

  1. Glee Club: Mondays, April 1—May 6 from 5:00—6:30 p.m. (6 weeks). For more info or to register.
  2. Fitness For All: Tuesdays, March 26—May 7 from 4:00—5:00 p.m. (7 weeks). For more info or to register. 
  3. Wacky Wednesdays: Wednesdays, March 27—April 24 from 4:00—5:00 p.m. (5 weeks). For more info or to register. 
  4. Movie Marathoners: Thursdays, March 28—May 2 from 5:30—7:00 p.m. (6 weeks). For more info or to register. 
  5. Strikers Bowling: Fridays, March 15—April 26 from 4:00—5:30 p.m. (6 weeks). For more info or to register.

Registration Deadline:  Friday March 15, 2019 

Note: Scholarships and flexible payment plans are available

Contact: Tara Scott, Recreation Specialist, at  (262) 723-4043 ext. 138 or

to register via phone or mail, or for more information.