April 2018 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in April?  Check it out or go to a PDF version – April 2018 Lunch Calendar.

 

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VIP Awarded Green Bay Packers Foundation “Building Full Lives in the Community” Grant

Anthony Lugiai and Sean Gribben, VIP Clients with Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers

Dana Kelnhofer, VIP Services Program Director with Anthony and Sean

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has recently awarded a 2017 grant to VIP Services, Inc. in support of the “Building Full Lives in the Community Project.”  VIP Services, one of two organizations in Walworth County to receive a grant, serves more than 300 people with disabilities each year.

The “Building Full Lives in the Community Project” supports VIP Services’ work with the new federal regulations, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, requiring adults with disabilities to have a choice to receive services in community-based ‘non-disability specific’ settings. The new regulations affect all people currently in the Pre-Vocational Training Program and the Day Services Program as well as all people with disabilities state and nation-wide.

VIP Services has been committed to developing strategies that expose people with disabilities to new and different things which help establish a basis for greater community inclusion.  The goal of “Building Full Lives in the Community Project” is to help individuals discover their diverse interests and abilities, participate in integrated activities to explore community opportunities that can reduce isolation as well as lead to meaningful employment.

The “Building Full Lives Project” is an umbrella of services which includes two self-created programs, “Community Connections” and “Accelerated Community Employment Services” (ACES). The project seeks to increase the number of adults with disabilities that we serve at VIP Services to successfully:

  1. Secure community employment and/or,
  2. Make a meaningful sustainable social connection with their community, and/or
  3. Transition services from facility based to community based.

The long term goal of the project is to successfully transition people from facility based programming to community based supports which may be paid or volunteered.  This project will decrease dependence on Wisconsin’s long-term care system.  The project is measured by the number of people successfully receiving services in the community. There are potentially 150 adults with disabilities in Walworth County over the next two years that could benefit from the project.

Overall, the Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded $800,000 to 213 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its 2017 distribution of grants. Jerry Ganoni, chairperson of the Foundation, made the announcement. The total amounted donated is tied for the Foundation’s donation record.  The groups were guests at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium, an event that welcomed all the recipients and honored the outstanding efforts and services performed by each of the organizations.

“We’re proud to recognize these outstanding recipient organizations, who are all doing incredible work in our communities,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said at the event. “As a community-owned team, we are inspired by the efforts of these organizations and the positive impact they have on those that they serve.”

The 2017 grant cycle focuses on organizations that will direct the funds toward the need areas of elderly, homelessness, human services and hunger. For more information about the how the grant will impact VIP Services or to learn more about it, contact Dana Kelnhofer, Program Director at VIP Services at 262-723-4043 ext. 130 or danakelnhofer@vipservices-inc.org.

 

 

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VIP’s Bowl-a-thon FUNdraiser – Saturday, March 3rd

Come have a ball at VIP Services’ 10th Annual Bowl-A-Thon, presented by Casey’s General Store! Funds raised support VIP’s mission to empower adults with disabilities.  

Join us for this fun event on Saturday, March 3rd at Delavan Lanes.  This popular event welcomes all ages and abilities and provides participants with the opportunity to raise funds for VIP Services operations while simultaneously having a fun time. The day will be divided into two sixteen team sessions, the first beginning at 12:00 p.m. and the second at 3:00 p.m. Special incentives will be offered for those teams who raise $400 or more in pledges.  Bowl-a-thon registration forms have recently been distributed. This event is sure to sell out early, so get your registration forms completed and returned as soon as possible.  For more information, contact Julie Cotter at 262-723-4043, ext. 105 or juliecotter@vipservices-inc.org.  We hope you can be a part of the 2018 Bowl-a-thon! 

VIP Services – Bowl-a-thon Event Flyer

Early bird registration is $40 per team (team of 4 – $10 per person) till 2/13/18.  Team registration after 2/13/18 is $80 (team of four – $20 per person). Registration fee includes THREE games per person and shoe rental.  

VIP Services – 2018 Bowl-a-thon Team Registration Form

Official Rules Tips on Raising Pledges

Pledges-Donations Received Form

Interested in being Bowl-a-thon Sponsor?  We have lots of great opportunities available.  Sponsorship benefits include signage at the event, listing in VIP publications, Facebook and website, plus the good feeling that YOU are supporting the great programs and services at VIP!  Download the form (below) or click here for the on-line link!

VIP Bowl-a-thon 2018 Sponsorship Form

VIP Bowl-a-thon 2018 Sponsors as of March 3, 2018:

Presenting Sponsor
Casey’s General Stores

Strike Sponsor
The Weber Boys

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

Team Sponsors
Kathi and Mike George
Prop Shaft Supply Inc.
Voskuil Adult Family Home

Lane Sponsors
Advia Credit Union
Annie Frame’s Family (Neill & Pam Frame)
The Bark Market – Karen Conell
Delavan Fitness Center/ Rocky’s Gym
Ron and Ann Deschner
Edstrom Industries, LLC
Fontana Family Dentistry, LLC
Greenbriar Canine Academy – Cindy Simonsen
Heckel Tool & Manufacturing Corporation
Madison Street Subs – Beth Shodeen
Donna and Tom Neshek
Oak Leaf Capital Partners – Chris Reed
Pete’s Porting Service/ Engine Design Machine
Steven Pils
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
Joel and Sue Stokes-Nelson
Walworth County ARC
Youngquist and Kennedy Orthodontics

General Sponsor
McCullough’s Prescriptions and Gifts

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Stir It Up 2017 – A Wonderful Success!

WOW and THANK YOU to everyone for your generous support as sponsors, ticket sellers, attendees and volunteers at Stir It Up! A charitable fundraiser on Sunday, November 5. For event photos: https://www.flickr.com/…/134064841…/albums/72157662471126878.

We welcomed a record-breaking 700 attendees and raised about $40,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships, raffles and other donations. Three high schools, Elkhorn Area High School, Big Foot High School Music and Westosha Central High School Choirs provided fantastic entertainment while guests enjoyed delicious and hearty samples from 18 top area restaurants. For a complete list and menus: www.stiritupwalco.com.

Thank you again…what a truly awesome event. Be sure to mark your calendar for Stir It Up 2018 – Sunday, November 4!

Stir It Up breaks record

 

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#GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is the national #GivingTuesday (www.givingtuesday.org) campaign and VIP Services will once again be taking part. #GivingTuesday has become a day dedicated to charitable giving, combining the power of social media and the generosity of people around the nation to bring about real support for their communities.  Following closely on the heels of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday celebrates the power of giving in all forms and inspires people to think about charitable giving at the start of the busy holiday season. We hope that you will consider supporting VIP Services.  To make a gift on line – click here!

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Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) Program Recognized

Carol Deyaert from VIP’s Ram Crew is pictured with Lt. Gov. Kleefish accepting the award.

MADISON (WKOW) — A group of Wisconsin Department of Transportation workers were honored on Wednesday at the State Capitol for their dedication and service to the community. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch recognized the 30-year Anniversary of the Rest Area Maintenance Program.  Watch it on line – click here!

“We know that you guys do exactly what needs to be done every day to make sure that everyone’s safe,” said Kleefisch. “And that our rest areas are beautiful and that everyone has a really nice time and fond memories of our great state of Wisconsin, so thanks guys.”

The “RAM” program offers jobs to workers with disabilities to help them earn a paycheck and live independently.

17 million people stop at rest areas around Wisconsin every year. A recent survey revealed more than 95% of people reported cleanliness of restrooms as excellent or good.

The VIP Services Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) program provides facility maintenance for state-owned rest areas in Walworth and Rock County, as well as a Safety Weight Enforcement Facility in Dane County. VIP’s RAM crews also maintain the Genoa City Park and Ride site and the state welcome sign.  Congratulations RAM Crew!

 

 

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Volunteers Step in for Weeks of Caring

During Aurora Health Care’s Weeks of Caring campaign, VIP Services, Inc. clients, (seated, from the left), Travis Pederson, Kelly Findlay, Stephen Weisbrod and Martin Ingram, play Bingo Sept. 25 with volunteers (not in order) Marquette Baylor, Erica Ward, Dawn Greeson, Dawn Hixton and Denise Dobersztyn. Amy Rademaker (not pictured) also volunteered at VIP. (Heather Ruenz photo)

For the complete story go to My Walworth County – Southern Lakes News – click here!

For more photos and stories, go to our Facebook page – click here!

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VIP Voice Newsletter – Summer 2017

Hear ye, hear ye! Check out our latest edition of the VIP Voice!  VIP Services – Summer 2017 Newsletter

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Corporate Volunteers Give Back

Corporate Volunteers Giving Back – We recently welcomed volunteers from the bio-tech company, Genentech. They engaged with the clients on an art project that practices fine motor skills as well as enjoyed lively conversations followed by a tour. Thank you to Genentech for volunteering, making an impact in our community!

Corporate volunteering provides employees with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in their communities.  To learn more about our corporate volunteer opportunities, please contact Lynne Dempsey, Volunteer Coordinator at 262-723-4043 ext. 106 or lynnedempsey@vipservices-inc.org.

 

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Stir It Up! Sunday, November 5th

It’s the 3rd Annual Stir It Up fundraiser on Sunday, November 5 from 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. at Elkhorn Area High School (www.stiritupwalco.com).  This Walworth County-wide charitable fundraising event to benefit VIP Services, the Walworth County Shelter Build and area high school music programs.

ON-LINE TICKET SALES – CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets can be purchased at:

-Advia Credit Union (formerly Peoples Bank – Elkhorn and Salem branches)

-Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly (Lake Geneva and Delavan stores)

-Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce

-VIP Services’ front desk

Tickets types and prices:
-Youth (ages 7 – 17): $5.00 (children ages 6 and under—no charge)
-General Admission: $25
-Couple: $45
-Family for $55 (two adults and up to three youths)
-Preferred seating:$50 (includes reserved parking and seating along with table service)

Top area restaurants will generously be donating samples of their signature fare for the event.  Participating restaurants so far include, Best Events Catering, Brodie’s Beef, Crafted Americana, Fiddlesticks Bistro, Geneva Inn, Geneva National Resort, Greenie’s Clubhouse, Hawk’s View Golf Club, Lake Geneva Pie Co., Lakeland Bakery, Lake Lawn Resort, Madison Street Subs, Moy’s Restaurant, Next Door Pub, Sperino’s, Su Wings Chinese Restaurant, The Trout House at Rushing Waters and Tuscan Tavern and Grill.

Entertainment will be provided by wonderfully talented area high school students.  Schedule:

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.      Big Foot High School Jazz Ensemble

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Elkhorn Area High School Choir

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.       Westosha High School Central Swing Choir

1:15 p.m.   –   1:45 p.m.     Elkhorn Area High School Jazz Ensemble

For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, etc., contact Julie Cotter at 262.723.4043, ext. 105 or juliec@vipservices-inc.org.

Stir It Up provides a creative way for residents of Walworth County to support a group of important causes working to improve the quality of life for people.  The event is sponsored through a partnership with VIP Services and the Rotary Club of Elkhorn. 

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