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2018 Bowl-a-thon Recap!

1st Place – The Three Cowboys & a Cowgirl: Steve, Jennifer, David and Derek raised $1,480!

The 10th Annual Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, March 3rd was a wonderful success, netting over $16,000!  Funds raised will help us continue to provide programs and services for people with disabilities.  The Bowl-a-thon is one of our most popular annual activities, bringing together clients, family members and the broader community for an afternoon of fun and fellowship.  For a complete list of team fundraising totals, click here!

Plus, there were lots of fantastic smiles to go along with the bowling.  For a sampling of event pictures (see below) and click here!  Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported, participated, donated and attended the event!  

2nd Place – Elkhorn Rotary Club: Tom, Cindy, Bill and Dan raised $1,039!

3rd Place – The Eagles: Tammy, Dave, Paul and Mario raised $700!

Witches of Brunswick – Stacie, Mandy, Gina and Melissa raised $230!

Strikers – Advia Credit Union: Doug, Nicole, Kathi and Kristi (and Joette) raised $444!

Madison Street Madness: Katie, Joanie, Beth and Ed raised $500!

The Shamrocks: April, Kelsey, Amy and Shelly raised $200!

Frank Hoover, VIP Ambassador and his coach, Paul Kremer, welcomed 128 bowlers to Delavan Lanes.

Presenting Sponsor: Casey’s General Stores

Strike Sponsor: The Weber Boys

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

Team Sponsors: Kathi and Mike George, Prop Shaft Supply Inc. and 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, Heckel Tool & Manufacturing Corporation, Madison Street Subs, 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 and Youngquist and Kennedy Orthodontics.  General Sponsor: McCullough’s Prescriptions and Gifts.

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VIP’s Annual Recognition Dinner, “Celebrating courage and determination.”

Celebrating courage and determination

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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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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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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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VIP Closed on Monday, May 29th – Memorial Day

VIP Services will be closed in honor of Memorial Day – Monday, May 29.  

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