Join in the fun with VIP Services and come to our events. We hold several fund raising events each year including golf, bowling and tailgate parties.

You are invited – Book Signing and Meet & Greet!

CPR Book Picture for FB event (2) - CopyJoin us for a book signing on Saturday, September 24 from 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Walworth Memorial Library (525 Kenosha Street, Walworth, WI ) featuring local author and philanthropist Trudy Schubert. The Walworth Police and Fire Departments and Rescue Squad will be on-hand to sign books along with their fire trucks and ambulances on display!

Trudy’s new 10th self-published book, “CPR-Caring, Protection and Respect” will be available for sale ($5 per copy) and shares a simple message about diversity, giving reasons that color and religion do not matter.   “CPR-Caring, Protection and Respect” is dedicated to Police, Fire and Ambulance and Service men and women.  Come join us, bring your children and grandchildren and say “thank you!” to our Service Department friends.  The proceeds of the book will benefit VIP Services.  For more information contact:  Julie Cotter, Development Director at (262)723-4043 ext. 105 or


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“CPR-Caring, Protection and Respect” Book to benefit VIP Services, Inc.

Local author and philanthropist, Trudy Schubert just self-published her 10th book “CPR-Caring, Protection and Respect” with all proceeds to benefit VIP Services. The book shares a simple message about diversity, giving reasons that color and religion do not matter.  Trudy’s mantra, “All that matters is what you do and say!”  The book is now available for purchase at $5 per copy at VIP Services at our front desk or by contacting Julie Cotter at or 262-723-4043 ext. 105.  Copies are also available The Rauland Agency in Walworth.

Schubert, a retired children’s librarian, brings her love of storytelling and writing together as a way to contribute and raise awareness to causes she supports. She shares, “Children born with disabilities come with many blessings for the lives they affect.  I hope each of the books I have written will help children to realize something they might not have understood before.”

The cover features a firetruck which serves a dual purpose; a central character, Ted is a fire fighter and Trudy has dedicated the book to Police, Fire and Ambulance and Service men and women.  Schubert writes, “When I read or hear about the unrest in our world we know our Police, Fire, Ambulance and Service men and women are protecting us every minute of our day risking their lives for us. You all are a very important part of our lives Thank You for being there for us and protecting us. We pray for your safety.”

Schubert published her first book, “Sweet Treats,” in 2005 to help benefit Lakeland School. She donated the proceeds from subsequent books to organizations which include the Red Cross, Lakeland Animal Shelter, The Dance Factory, Aurora Lakeland Cancer Center, the Alliance for Children and Inspiration Ministries.

Thank you to Trudy, we are grateful for her wonderful generosity!  


Trudy is pictured with VIP clients Adam Millard and Stephen Weisbrod

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Tickets on sale! Stir It Up 2016, November 6th

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Stir It Up! Sunday, November 6 from 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. at Elkhorn Area High School

Pre-sale tickets are available for a REDUCED price from now till August 31* – ON LINE ONLY – Click Here!

 -Youth (ages 5 – 14): $7.50 (children ages 4 and under—no charge)

-General Admission: $25

-Couple:  $40 for a couple

-Family for $60 (two adults and three kids)

-Limited number of “Preferred Seating” tickets $50 per person (including children)

*Regular prices go into effect on September 1. 

Top area restaurants will generously be donating samples of their signature fare for the event.  Participating restaurants include, The Geneva Inn, Greenie’s Clubhouse, Hawk’s View Golf Club, Lake Geneva Pie Co., Next Door Pub, Sperino’s, and Tuscan Tavern and Grill.  Entertainment will be provided by the wonderfully talented students of Big Foot High School Jazz Ensemble, Delavan-Darien High School String Choir, Westosha High School Show Choir and Elkhorn High School Jazz Band.

This year, funds raised by Stir It Up will benefit VIP Services, Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, Elkhorn Area Youth Center and Elkhorn Area High School Music and Mentoring Programs.  In 2015, the event raised almost $34,000!

For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, etc., contact Julie Cotter at 262.723.4043, ext. 105 or

 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. 




“VIP Building Mutually Beneficial Relationships”

016 - CopySouthern Lakes Newspapers Article – “VIP Building Mutually Beneficial Relationships” by Kellen Olshefski.  Read more about how we work with area businesses to provide clients with employment.  It’s a win-win for all.  Also check out the article by Jennifer Eisenbart about the benefits of sheltered workshops (page 1) and the article by Vicky Wedig about new federal rules how facilities like VIP and Careers Industries in Burlington must be integrated in and provide full access to our communities (page 2).  Lots of changes, but VIP has already begun complying with the rules by introducing people with disabilities to services in their communities through our newly created, Community Connections program.  VIP in the News – Building Mutually Beneficial Relationships – July 22, 2016

Pictured:  Nicole Fernandez volunteering at Walworth County’s Senior Dining Center in Lake Geneva.  Read more about it at:  Walworth County ADRC – May 2016 – VIP Volunteers



Volunteer Spotlight – Cliff Johnson

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VIP Volunteer: Michael Johnson, Cliff Johnson and BriAnna Hennes

Cliff was introduced to VIP Services when he was taking a neighbor who was receiving services, to VIP dances.  He had figured that since he was waiting, he might as well help out.  Cliff started “helping out” in the kitchen at dances in 2007.  In 2008, Cliff began volunteering in the Computer Lab where he continues to this day helping clients learn basic computer skills, research potential jobs and strengthen basic money skills.  Cliff also volunteers for the dances and many other special events that occur through out the year such as fundraisers, the annual cookout, and even assisting with outings in Day Services.  Because of his dedication, he has accrued over 3000 hours and has become one of our volunteer mentors working with new volunteers.

Cliff stated that “working with the clients is like working with angels.  They say please and thank you and they appreciate everything you do for them.”  We feel that same way about Cliff.  Even when health issues have made volunteering difficult, he does what he can for the people at VIP.  If anyone ever wanted to know what it was like to volunteer at VIP, they only need to talk with volunteer extraordinaire, Cliff Johnson. Because of volunteers like Cliff, we are able to offer so much more to the individuals that we serve at VIP.  We can’t thank everyone enough for sharing their skills, talents, and passions with us!

To read more about volunteer news and opportunities at VIP, check out the latest edition of, The Volunteer Edge.”



What’s New at VIP? Check out our Facebook Page!


VIP Volunteer Paul Kremer and Steve Lempart

Check out our Facebook Page for “What’s New at VIP.”  We regularly post inspirational stories, pictures, news, etc.  Be sure to “Like” us!

We also post pictures to Flickr.  Check out the latest pictures by clicking HERE.

Pictured are VIP Volunteer Paul Kremer and Steve Lempart at our recent class Papermaking class.  They say a “smile is worth a thousand words” but in this case the value of these smiles is so much more.



VIP Golf Outing ~ Thank You!

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The 18th Annual VIP Services Golf Outing on June 13th at Big Foot Country Club, presented by Kikkoman Foods, Inc. and the Kikkoman Foods Foundation was a tremendous success! Thank you to all of our sponsors, golfers, prize and wine donors, volunteers and golf committees. Their incredible generosity of time, talent and treasure allows VIP to provide programs and services for people with disabilities in Walworth County.

A special thanks to our Course sponsor Aldridge Electric, Dinner sponsor Tankcraft Corporation / Plasticraft Corporation and Lunch sponsor MPC, Inc.  Funds were also raised through loud and ilent auctions, raffle ticket sales, a wine and spirit pull and Medal sponsorships. We are truly blessed to have such amazing support from the community!

For event photos – click here!

VIP would like to salute the golf outing sponsors…


  • Kikkoman Foods Foundation, Inc.


  • Aldridge Electric


  • Tankcraft Corporation / Plasticraft Corporation


  • MPC, Inc.


  • Alder Companies
  • First National Bank and Trust
  • Michael and Katherine George
  • Hudapack Metal Treating, Inc.
  • Lynch Companies (and Hole-In-One Sponsor)
  • Mode Industries, Inc.
  • Prop Shaft Supply
  • R & L Spring Company
  • Shodeen Homes
  • Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly


  • Ackman Glass and Mirror
  • The Crandall Family
  • Dalco Metals, Inc.
  • Daniels Foods Sentry
  • Geneva National Foundation, Inc.
  • M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc.
  • Mutual of America
  • Tom & Donna Neshek Family Foundation
  • Robertson Ryan & Associates, Inc.
  • Tankcraft/Plasticraft
  • Town Bank


  • Chasin’ Mason


  • Bob & Missy Putnam


  • CJW, Inc. “Your MillerCoors Distributor”
  • Pepsi Beverages Company, Janesville


  • Michael & Katherine George
  • James Forsythe
  • David Hervey
  • Toby Steivang


  • Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Co.
  • E2 Consulting
  • Eagle Nonwovens, Inc.
  • Greenbriar Canine Academy
  • Robert and Carol Foster
  • Integra, Inc.
  • Matustik Builders, Inc.
  • Putnam Company, Inc.
  • Bob & Missy Putnam
  • RKT Packaging
  • Ed and Christine Scaro
  • VIP Services Management Team


  • Advanced Foot and Ankle of Wisconsin
  • Edward Jones of Elkhorn, offices of Stacy Whiteman and Isaac Hart
  • Fat Tire Ride
  • Chris Hummel – Hummel Construction
  • George and Mary Jorndt
  • Lou and Kathleen McKeever
  • Stephen and Lois McPartlin
  • Melges Car Wash
  • Safeway Services of Rockford
  • UBS Financial Services Inc. – Steven Connolly


  • Bernatello’s Pizza
  • Evergreen Septic Service
  • FloraCraft – Tim Timinski
  • Massasoit of North Carolina, Inc.
  • Meadowbrook Inventions, Inc.
  • Joel Nelson
  • Bill and Judy Pengra
  • Fred Van Strydronck
  • Gerald and Barbara Tax
  • Mark R. Weksler & Company
  • Brad Young


  • Frank and Yolanda DePaul
  • Mark and Laina Papenfus

Hors d’ouevres Sponsor:

  • Mark and Mary Stinebrink, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly

Raffle Ticket Sponsor:

  • Badger Press – Ft. Atkinson


Co-chairs Cherie Ackman and Bob Putnam, J.P. Beierle, Cheri Brost, Rose Crandall, Joe Fanning, Kathi George, Jim Homan, Regan Homan, Larry Kosiek, Bill Ring, Ed Scaro, Mark Stinebrink


VIP’s 18th Annual Golf Outing – June 13th

Picture for enews - headerVIP Services 18th Annual Golf Outing

Monday, June 13, 2016 at Big Foot Country Club in Fontana, WI

Presented by Kikkoman Foods & The Kikkoman Foods Foundation, Inc.

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



Online Registration Now Open!

Event Schedule:

  • 10:00 a.m.    Registration, Putting Green and Buffet Lunch – NEW!
  • 11:30 a.m.     Shotgun Start
  • 5:00 p.m.      19th Hole Reception and Indoor Putting Contest
  • 6:15 p.m.       Welcome, Dinner, Program, Auctions and Awards

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

2016 Sponsors To Date

Presenting Sponsor – Kikkoman Foods Inc. and Kikkoman Foods Foundation

Course Sponsor – Aldridge Electric

Dinner Sponsor – Tankcraft / Plasticraft

Lunch Sponsor – MPC, Inc.

Eagle Sponsors for $2,500

Birdie Sponsors for $1,500

Putting Green Sponsor

Beverage Sponsor

Gold Medal Sponsor for $500

Silver Medal Sponsor for $250

Bronze Medal Sponsor for $100


  • Frank and Yolanda DePaul

Golf outing raffle tickets were generously donated by The Badger Group of Fort Atkinson

2015 Photo Album

VIP Services 2015 Golf Outing Recap


VIP Bowl-a-thon: A FUNdraising Success!

A big thumbs-up to all who participated, contributed and volunteered in VIP’s Bowl-A-Thon! We had a blast raising more than $14,000 AND raising awareness for our mission to empower adults with disabilities.

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Congratulations to the top fundraising teams, The Four Cowboys aka The Cool Dudes (David, Derek, Steve and Don) with $1,724 and Team Bentley (Peggy, Michael, Kalie and Matt) with $890!  Web Picture - Team Pledges

A special also goes to Lavonne and Jack at Delavan Lanes for a great day and venue.  For event photos, check out our on-line album:  Bowl-a-thon photos.

Thank you our very generous sponsors for making the event a great success!

Gift Card Sponsors:  Ed & Christine Scaro – $400 Amazon Gift Card and Beth Shodeen – $250 Amazon Gift Card

Raffle Ticket Sponsors:  Frank and Pat Eames

Lane Sponsors:  Big Foot Storage, Cook Construction, Cotter Family, Dale’s Cycle, Delavan Sportsman’s Club, Ron & Ann Deschner, Neill & Pam Frame, Kathy Garske, Greenbriar Canine Academy, Integra, Inc., International Little Artists, Leece & Phillips Law Offices, James & Christine Lovell, Market Street Citgo, Metlife-Chris Reed, Tom & Donna Neshek, Steve Pils, Prop Shaft Supply, Palma Insurance Agency, Inc., Pete’s Porting Service, Engine Design & Machine-Delavan, WI, Bob and Missy Putnam, Putnam Company, Inc., Robertson Ryan & Associates, Inc.,  Royal Basket Trucks, Ed & Christine Scaro, In Memory of Mary Scaro, Chris Schadewald, Shodeen Homes, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Voskuil Adult Family Home LLC, Waukesha Metal Products, Walworth County ARC, David Weber, Derek Weber, David & Ellen Weber and Youngquist Orthodontics


31st Annual Recognition Dinner Pays Tribute to Outstanding Achievement

Over 200 clients, business representatives, family members and guests convened at Evergreen Golf Club on February 4th to pay tribute to VIP Services outstanding Individual Achievement Honorees for 2015.  The 2015 Individual Achievement Honoree of the Year went to John Fleming of Delavan.  Fleming, who works on a variety of subcontracted projects in the VIP Services work center, was elected to this special honor by clients and staff from the full roster of 2015 honorees.

Client Individual Achievement Honorees are selected and celebrated on a monthly basis throughout the year for their demonstrated commitment and dedication to their jobs and personal growth, as well as for how they find his or her own path of achievement to a more Self-Determined life.  Being Self-Determined involves making informed choices, taking responsibility for those choices and speaking up for one’s self.

Outstanding community business partners honored for 2015 were Kikkoman Foods, Inc. (Business Partner of the Year) and Continetal (Employer of the Year).  Business partners are key to VIP Services success in providing meaningful work experiences and opportunities both on site and in the community. Kikkoman Foods, Inc. is globally known and respected, is the largest soy sauce manufacturer in the world, and have been part of the Walworth County business community for 45 years.  Accepting the award on behalf of Kikkoman Foods were Mr. Dan Miller, Vice-President of Administration and Mr. Masa Oura, Vice President of Manufacturing.

Kikkoman Foods is a longstanding and multi-faceted partner with VIP Services, they are an exceptional example of corporate citizenship.  As one of VIP’s original business partners, they have engaged in a mutually productive partnership with our production workshop by providing steady subcontract packaging and labeling work for our clients. Partnerships like the one we have with Kikkoman Foods are vital to nonprofit organizations particularly in these challenging times.  This past year VIP clients relabeled and repackaged almost one million bottles of soy sauce that would eventually be shipped to six different countries including Egypt.

Continental, (formerly Synerject) of Delavan is an international company which provides engine management systems and components to the marine, motorcycle and recreational industry manufacturers.  Accepting the award on behalf of Continental were Mr. Paul Schmidt, Plant Manager and Ms. Stacey Diels, Human Relations Coordinator. 

Continental has a strong commitment recruiting and hiring people with disabilities. VIP Services has successfully placed four clients at their Delavan location.  The VIP Services recommendation led to the company being recognized as an “Exemplary Employer” for people with disabilities by First Lady Tonette Walker and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) at the recent Southeastern Wisconsin Business Summit. Through integrated employment opportunities, people with disabilities, are able to lead a more Self-Determined life and gain greater vocational independence.  IMG_5088

For more about John go to: 

For pictures go to:  2015 Recognition Dinner Photos

Photos are courtesy of Heather Ruenz/Southern Lakes Newspapers