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2016 Stir It Up! A county-wide fundraising success

Event Co-Chairs: Donna Neshek and Ed Scaro

Event Co-Chairs: Donna Neshek and Ed Scaro

On Sunday, November 6th, we welcomed 650 guests who were entertained by four area high school music groups as they enjoyed delicious food from 19 top area restaurants.  The event raised more than $40,00 and funds raised this year will benefit VIP Services, Association for the Prevention of Family Violence (AFPV), Elkhorn Area Youth Center and Elkhorn High School Music Program.  The event is a partnership with the Elkhorn Rotary Club.  Thank you to our attendees, sponsors, donors, entertainers and volunteers.  Mark your calendar for the 2017 event – Sunday, November 5!

Read more about it from the Elkhorn Independent newspaper:  http://mywalworthcounty.com/?p=21717. For event photos, go to: https://www.flickr.com/…/134064841…/albums/72157673319300774.  A special thank you to Heather Perkins with Southern Lakes Newspapers for sharing the story.

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VIP Services Awarded “Building Full Lives in the Community” Grant

The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) has awarded a 2016 Building Full Lives in the Community Technical Assistance Grant to VIP Services, Inc. The grant provides technical assistance to support the organizations in providing services and supports that are individualized; full of choices; and built around the dreams and aspirations of individuals.  Organizations will learn how to establish services that support individuals Full Lives in The Community by flexibly combining customized employment with individualized community integrated activities.  Read the full press release:  VIP Services Awarded Full Lives Grant from WPDD.

 

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VIP Voice Newsletter – Fall 2016

VIP's Mission In ActionCheck out the latest edition of the VIP Voice:  VIP Voice Newsletter – Fall 2016. The featured front page article, “VIP’s Mission in Action” is about our Accelerated Community Employment Service (ACES) and Community Connections programs.

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Get your ticket to Stir It Up! Sunday, November 6th

Stir It Up! Invitation

It’s the 2nd Annual Stir It Up on Sunday, November 6 from 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. at Elkhorn Area High School (www.stiritupwalco.com).  This Walworth County-wide charitable fundraising event to benefit VIP Services, the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, the Elkhorn Youth Center and Elkhorn Area High School Music and Mentoring Programs.

To save $$ and NOT pay on-line ticket fees, admission tickets are available at VIP Services, Peoples Bank, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly (Lake Geneva and Delavan stores), Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce and at the event.  Or, go to:  ON-LINE TICKET SALES – CLICK HERE!

Tickets types and prices:
-Youth (ages 5 – 14): $10 (children ages 4 and under—no charge)
-General Admission: $30
-Couple: $50 for a couple
-Family for $75 (two adults and three kids)
-Limited number of “Preferred Seating” tickets $60 per person (including children)
Top area restaurants will generously be donating samples of their signature fare for the event.  Participating restaurants include, Best Events Catering, Crafted Americana, The Geneva Inn, Geneva National Resort, Greenie’s Clubhouse, Hawk’s View Golf Club, Lake Geneva Pie Co., Lake Lawn Resort, Moy’s Restaurant, Next Door Pub, Papa’s Barbecue Pit Stop, Sperino’s, The Trout House at Rushing Waters 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.

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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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 juliecotter@vipservices-inc.org.

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Book to benefit VIP Services, Inc.

“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 juliec@vipservices-inc.org 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!  

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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 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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“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

 

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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.”

 

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

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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.

 

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