PuSh AmEricA LEndS A hELPing hAnd furnace, hauled gravel, trimmed trails, painted ceilings, and
Push America, a non-profit organization founded by mem- built a ramp on the west
bers of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, was created to serve end of the female dorm.
people with disabilities and to instill a foundation for Although the days were long and the work hard, the con-
lifelong service in their members. One of the ways they are tributions the Build America team members made to Camp
working to accomplish these goals is by providing hands- Wawbeek gave them a lot of satisfaction. Spending time
on help through a program called Build America. Easter with the campers, though, was the most rewarding part of The newsletter of Easter Seals Wisconsin • Summer 2004
Seals Wisconsin’s Camp Wawbeek has been lucky enough their stay. This summer the Build America team ate every • Services for children and adults with disabilities in Wisconsin •
to benefit from their generosity. meal with the campers. As the days passed, they began
The Build America team is to join in the camp activities
EAStEr SEALS BLAzES nEW trAiLS
more and more. They par-
comprised of 19 young men
who have made a commit- ticipated in a Fourth of July Inside Enrollment goals were surpassed, a new segment of the population was reached and everyone in-
ment to spend the summer parade, attended the “Hat volved had a great time. The launch of Easter Seals Wisconsin’s newest program, Trail Blazers, is an
traveling, doing construc- Dance” and went canoeing official success! Easter Seals Wisconsin has been serving children and adults with physical disabili-
Easter Seals News....2
tion projects at camps that with the kids. ties for more than 75 years, but the creation of Trail Blazers enables us to reach a new group – young
specialize in services for What’s New..............3 men and women between the ages of 16 and 30 with mild to moderate cognitive delays.
“I can think of no better way
people with disabilities. to spend the summer than “This program was so successful because this is an underserved population. There just aren’t a lot of
Along with hammering, Event organized leisure opportunities that are appropriate for this population,” said Stu Mace, Vice Presi-
traveling around to wonderful Highlights.................4
digging, swatting mosqui- camps like Camp Wawbeek dent of Camping and Respite Programs for Easter Seals Wisconsin.
toes and singing along with and getting to hang out with Upcoming The inaugural Trail Blazers session served 42 campers, most of who had never participated in Easter
the campers around the the campers,” Jason Howard Events......................5 Seals programming before. Ben Heier, who lives at Bethany Homes in Frederic, had so much fun
campfire, each young man said. Build America team-
also commits to person- that he talked about his experience for days afterward. “I really liked the bow and arrow and swimming,”
mate Jason Zickafoose added, Support....................6
Ben said. Ben’s caregiver, Kathy Bennett, was looking for a program where Ben could be among
ally raising a minimum of “I knew it would be difficult
$3,500. This money is used IMPACT individuals who have the same abilities and interests that he does.
to cover the costs of the trip Campaign.................7 “We have a pool table [at Bethany] and we go bowling and do
The PUSH America team members proudly pose at the leave, but I never realized it
and to allow Build front entrance of Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek. crafts, but I wanted to send Ben somewhere where he could have
would be so hard to say
America to give $5,000 to each goodbye to the kids.”
Disability some experiences that he can’t have at home.” Kathy also noted that
HelpLine..................8 the 2 campers to each counselor ratio was very good. She said Ben is
camp they visit over the summer.
Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek matched that $5000, and the Over the past several years, PUSH America has raised excited to be a Trail Blazer again next year!
pooled money was used to purchase building materials for thousands of dollars for Easter Seals’ projects and programs, Dallas Teufel had attended Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek in the
Build America’s construction projects. and has donated uncounted man-hours to renovate facili- Camp Wawbeek.....10 past, but found a better fit in Trail Blazers. “He loved it!” said
ties to better serve people with disabilities. Easter Seals
The young men accomplished a lot more than their original Dallas’ mother Kathy Teufel, “This is the best thing that ever could
is grateful for their generosity and hard work and looks Respite...................11
project, which was to build a deck onto the Arts & Crafts forward to working with them again in the future! have happened for him.” Kathy explained that her son was able
building. They also set posts, cut wood, moved a cast-iron to try new things and become more independent because of the
energetic atmosphere in the group. She also felt that Dallas ‘fit in’
more. “It is awesome for him to have a life outside of our home.
He will definitely go again next year!” Kathy went on to explain
how pleased she was with Easter Seals’ counselors. “Dallas really
Easter Seals Wisconsin Nonprofit Org.
U.S. Postage liked his counselors. They were really hip and treated him like a
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Madison, WI 53713 Madison, WI Printing of the Network News The Trail Blazers had plenty of chances to spend time with their
is generously donated by
www.EasterSealsWisconsin.com Rural Insurance Companies new friends during a week of activities and adventures that used
Madison, WI Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek as a home base. Along with such
Creating solutions, changing lives.
traditional camping activities as campfire sing-a-longs, hockey,
obstacle course and arts & crafts, the Trail Blazers set out on a
RetURN SeRvIce ReqUeSteD
number of day trips. Shopping on Madison’s State Street (often
an adventure in itself) was combined with a trip to Vilas Zoo and
a tour of Wisconsin’s beautiful State Capitol Building. Tommy
Bartlett, Inc. embraced the new program by offering free admission,
as well as round trip transportation, to their Exploratory and to the
afternoon performance of their world famous water ski show. “The
Trail Blazers loved discovering in the Exploratory and they really
liked the ski show,” said Christine Hollar, Easter Seals Camp Waw-
beek Director, who oversaw the first Trail Blazers session. “It was a
terrific opportunity for them to share these experiences with their peers.”
Easter Seals hopes to serve 50 young adults in the Trail Blazers
program next year. We received a lot of positive feedback and the
2004 trailblazers are already recruiting their peers and friends!
EASTER SEALS N E W S RESpiTE cAmp
BELovEd cAmP WAWBEEk dirEctor rESignS AFtEr 8 EAStEr SEALS rESPitE ProgrAm iS ExPAnding
Chris Hollar’s boundless energy and enthusiasm were wonderful assets to Easter Christine Fessler, President/CEO new Weekend Session will Serve indivduals in northwest Wi.
Seals Wisconsin and especially to Camp Wawbeek. She is an amazing individual, email@example.com n (608) 277-8288 x 116
Rural Northwest Wisconsin is an underserved area of the state for respite care.
and everyone connected to Easter Seals whose life she has touched wishes her Nance Roepke, Executive Vice President
It is difficult for families in this area to make the long drive to Easter Seals
firstname.lastname@example.org n (608) 277-8288 x 117
success and happiness in her new endeavors.
Nanc Howard, Executive Assistant Respite Camp in Wisconsin Dells in order to take advantage of this needed
To the campers and seasonal staff of Easter email@example.com n (608) 277-8288 x 115 service. To help solve this problem, Easter Seals is taking our staff, program-
Seals Camp Wawbeek and Respite – you mArkEting And communicAtionS ming, and expertise on the road!
have made my tenure at Camp Wawbeek Tiffany Niederwerfer, Director
one of the most amazing aspects in my
firstname.lastname@example.org n (608) 277-8288 x 107 A new respite session will be held at the Schwan Center in the Pine Village
journey through life. You have touched my FinAncE Retreat in Trego, WI (about one hour south of Duluth/Superior) for individu-
heart in a variety of ways. I will miss your Sue Ebert, Director
email@example.com n (608) 277-8288 x 119
als with moderate to severe physical and developmental disabilities. Respite For the past 5 years, Megan Krantz
smiles, your kind words, and your hugs. Linda Shaw, Accounting Assistant
campers are invited Friday, April 29th at 6:30 pm through Sunday, May 1st at has spent summers and weekends as
You have left footprints in my heart and firstname.lastname@example.org n (608) 277-8288 x 118 2:00 pm. “We are pleased to provide respite for families and a professionally the Trip and Travel Coordinator at
mind and I have been forever changed. As ProgrAm dEvELoPmEnt led, outdoor recreational experience for individuals with disabilities in North- Easter Seals Respite Camp. Megan,
in our final song we sing at camp... Ken Saville, Vice President west Wisconsin,” said Stu Mace, VP of Camping & Respite Services.
email@example.com x 108 a Special Education teacher in the
“hmmm I want to linger, hmmm a little Elisabeth Marx, Foundation & Government Relations Respite campers will be matched one Edgerton School district, has
longer, hmmm a little longer firstname.lastname@example.org n (608) 277-8288 x 120 on one with a trained staff member. “wonderful energy, and has been
here with you ….. This is goodnight and not good-bye.” cLiEnt ASSiStAncE A professional camp director and dedicated to the Respite program
GOODNIGHT and Thank you! -Chris Hollar
Jill Gretzinger, Outagamie County Disability HelpLine
email@example.com n (920) 832-0344 registered nurse will be on site 24 since the day she started,” says
cAmP And rESPitE ProgrAmS hours a day. Campers ages 3 and up Respite director Kelly Housman.
EAStEr SEALS WiShES A dEAr FriEnd FArEWELL will participate in a wide range of “We’re thrilled that her family’s love
Stu Mace, Vice President
Jack Weishoff has been a wonderful asset to Easter Seals Wisconsin Camps. His firstname.lastname@example.org n (608) 277-8288 x 126
activities including crafts and games, and support for Megan has spilled
deep commitment and enthusiasm for his mission of improving camp was felt over into support for Respite, too.”
Kelly Housman, Senior Director of Camping & Respite music and dance, hiking, fishing and
during his five years as the Camp Maintenance Director. He was truly a “jack” email@example.com n (608) 254-2502
of all trades switching from fixing toilets and light fixtures, to tractors and vans, Valerie Crossiant, Director of Camp Wawbeek Joe and Pat krantz, megan’s
firstname.lastname@example.org n (608) 254-2502
then to carpentry, metalwork, and the pool! There is nothing at camp Jack did “The Pine Village Retreat is a beauti- parents, were major donors to a
Becky Parkhurst, Program Assistant
not touch with his kindness and care to keep everything operational for the email@example.com n (608) 277-8288 x 124 ful, fully-accessible, modern facility. Sensory room at respite camp.
campers. Jack was on call at all hours of the day answering with a “I’ll be right Sherry Larson, Camp Nursing Coordinator
We are excited to hold our first respite this special environment provides
there” even if that “right there” was at 10:30 at night (when the power went out firstname.lastname@example.org session there,”notes Mace. tactile experiments, sound stimula-
in male dorm) or 6:00 in the morning (when one of the ovens wasn’t working FArm ProgrAm tion and special lighting for visual
For more information contact Kelly
in the kitchen). It is rare to find in one person the comprehensive traits of hard- Paul Leverenz, Director
stimulation. in the future, Easter
work, dedication, task master, entertainer, and friend. When Jack wasn’t repair-
email@example.com n (920) 898-9224 Housman, Senior Director of Camping and Respite Services at (608) 254-2502
T. Ellenbecker, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist Seals will expand on this gift to
ing something or enroute to repair something firstname.lastname@example.org n (715) 842-3411 create a wonderful, safe place for
- he would always stop to talk with campers Carlene Volbrecht, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist EAStEr SEALS rEcEivES AmEricorPS grAnt our campers.
along the way. Jack always had a smile and an email@example.com n (715) 877-3402
Easter Seals Wisconsin has been selected to receive a $113,309 renewable
answer for every question. The campers loved Bruce Whitmore, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
firstname.lastname@example.org n (920) 675-0570 grant to recruit, train, and supervise 27 AmeriCorps members to serve at Easter The Krantz family was also instru-
him as much as he enjoyed them. Jack in- Seals Camp Wawbeek and the Wisconsin Elks/Easter Seals Respite Camp. mental in improving the outdoor
Judith Guttman, Technical Assistant
volved his whole family with Easter Seals- the email@example.com n (608) 277-8288 x 125 lighting at Respite. Joe’s Verona
Weishoff family band played for the campers Easter Seals will provide AmeriCorps members with dozens of hours of train-
Brooke Welch, Technical Assistant business, Krantz Electric, donated
throughout the summer. They would set up a firstname.lastname@example.org n (608) 277-8288 x 106 ing on how to serve people with physical and developmental disabilities as
time and resources to provide needed
huge sound system and play the oldies and folk dEvELoPmEnt well as training on civic participation.
lighting to the upper and lower park-
music. He will be truly missed- but his efforts Terri Spring, Director of Special Events “Easter Seals Wisconsin has a long history of promoting and sponsoring ing lots, making them safer for both
email@example.com n (608) 277-8288 x 109
can be seen throughout Easter Seals Camp volunteer service. We are proud to be able to offer AmeriCorps members the campers and staff.
Brenda Thompson, Director/Northwestern Wisconsin
Wawbeek and Respite Camp. firstname.lastname@example.org n (715) 834-9452 opportunity to learn more about volunteerism and to work with people with
The Krantz family recently invited
disabilities,” states Christine Fessler, President/CEO, Easter Seals Wisconsin.
Karen Ziemke, Director/Northeastern Wisconsin
the entire group of Respite camp-
email@example.com n (920) 886-3615 “We are very excited to welcome AmeriCorps members to our programs.”
Thank you to the Edgar ers and staff (over 70 people) to their
Mary Statz, Administrative Assistant
High School FFA and firstname.lastname@example.org n (608) 277-8288 x 103 Stuart Mace, Easter Seals Vice President for Camp and Respite Programs, home for a BBQ following a field trip
principal Bob Houts for donAtion cEntEr & Pick-uP SErvicE notes how the service hours will affect Easter Seals camps. “Easter Seals camp to Madison.
inviting Easter Seals to Jo Warren, Manager programs will benefit enormously from this award. We will be able to serve “Pat makes the most delicious choco-
email@example.com n (608) 257-7780
attend their banquet and more children and adults with disabilities, offer more programs to our campers, late chip cookies ever,” Housman
Sue Besler, Assistant Manager
for their generous contri- firstname.lastname@example.org n (608) 257-7780 and recruit more volunteers to help with our programs.” smiled. It’s so great that Megan’s
bution to the Visit our website to learn how you can become an AmeriCorps member at family is so close and supportive of
FARM Program. Network News is published by Easter Seals Wisconsin
101 Nob Hill Rd., Suite 301, Madison, Wisconsin 53713 Easter Seals Wisconsin. one another. We really enjoy having
Toll-Free Number: 1 800 422 2324 Find a Respite schedule at www.EasterSealsWisconsin.com
SUMMER 2004 WHAT’S NEW
AnothEr grEAt SummEr At cAmP WAWBEEk EAStEr SEALS WiSconSin LAunchES ground-BrEAking AccESSiBLE WEB SitE
We had another exciting summer at Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek, with
Easter Seals Wisconsin is proud to announce the disabilities, and hope that other organizations and corpo-
over 400 hundred campers attending 12 different sessions! One of the launch of its new web site (www.EasterSealsWiscon- rations will follow suit.”
new sessions, Transition Teens, was a big hit for campers ages 18-25 sin.com), an innovative, accessible online resource for
who have physical disabilities. Many of the older teens and young Online accessibility issues affect millions of Americans
clients, donors, referrers and educators.
adults who attend this session, are anticipating, or already making, the nationwide who have disabilities, particularly those
As the Internet replaces whose disabilities affect their abil-
difficult transition from school or other structured environments to a
traditional sources of in- ity to see, hear, move or process
more independent stage of their lives. Teen Transitions provides a spe-
formation and interaction, information. Easter Seals Wis-
cial place for participants to enjoy and learn from their peers by partici- accessible Web sites will consin’s Web site is highly-acces-
pating in group discussions and outdoor adventure-based activities. offer unprecedented access sible, making it possible to share
Hi my name is Kayla. I am 14 The Transition Teens session took to information for the 20 information about services and
years old and was diagnosed with place during a typical adult Camp percent of Americans with resources, despite differences in
Cerebral Palsy when I was about Wawbeek session. However, this disabilities. Internet users’ ability. Accessibil-
16 months old. Some of the things group participated in more active “We are committed to ensur- ity issues may include the ability to
that I like to do in my free time in- programming that was consistent ing that our clients, donors use a keyboard or mouse, or use of
with their interests. Many times it and volunteers can access a text-only screen, a small screen
clude: shopping, writing, reading, (handheld computers and wireless
is a large leap for campers to transi- Easter Seals Wisconsin’s re-
collecting CDs, magazines, and telephones) or a slow Internet con-
tion from the active youth session sources online,” said Easter
books, 4x4 jet skiing, and spend- Seals President/CEO Chris- nection.
to the more laid-back social atmo-
ing time with my family or just tine Fessler. “Removing bar- Users also can register for Easter
sphere that the older adults enjoy. Seals’ e-newsletter, make secure
hanging out with my friends. I like riers is part of Easter Seals’
The active young adults climbed donations, apply for job and vol-
going to school and being with my legacy – we are excited and
the tower, went on hikes, and unteer opportunities, and register
friends. I always work hard and I honored to lead this new
participated in many group activi- for events.
get pretty good grades. technical era for people with
ties. The time together gave them
opportunities to share with their peers their worries Please note our new website, www.EasterSealsWisconsin.com and email addresses and visit us online today!
When i grow up i want to go to
college so that i can work with EAStEr SEALS thAnkS our voLuntEErS And donorS WE nEEd Your SmALL houSEhoLd itEmS And Your uSABLE cLothES
children with special needs at a All of the wonderful programming and new facilities at Easter Seals Camp Easter Seals Pick-up Service Expands to the northwestern Part of the State.
hospital. Wawbeek would not be possible if we did not have the wonderful commu-
nity support that we do. Many dedicated volunteer groups spent count- The Easter Seals Pick-Up Service, which picks up clothing and household goods for resale is now available in Eau
less hours at camp painting, cleaning, Claire and surrounding communities. The Pick-Up Service has been operating in southern Wisconsin since 1997, pro-
When school is out for the sum- viding a service to area residents by sending trucks into local communities to pick up used goods that would otherwise
mer, one of the things I look hauling, and planning. We would like to
be discarded and end up in landfills.
forward to is going to Easter Seals specifically thank the Milkman Cor-
poration, Boy Scout River Fall Troop Easter Seals has expanded this program and is now picking up items in northwestern Wisconsin. These items are sold
Camp Wawbeek. I have been go- to Savers Thrift Stores (Madison & Eau Claire) and proceeds are used to support Easter Seals services for children
459, Randolph Reformed Church, and
ing to Camp Wawbeek for 3 years. and adults with disabilities. “With this expansion, we are able to nearly double the amount of goods that we divert
Reedsburg High School for their time
I love going to this camp which and personal committment. from landfills and our customers are thrilled to have us come to their door to pick up their items,” said Jo Warren,
is designed for kids with special Easter Seals Pick-Up Service Manager. Residents are notified by mail of the pick-up date in their neighborhood and
Easter Seals aslo recognizes the are asked to place their donated items at the curb. An Easter Seals driver then scans the streets looking for items that
needs. I have made tons of friends
Wisconsin Dells Art Association for residents have left out.
and have a chance to get away from their $2,000 gift (pictured right) and
home which I love even more. At “The expansion of the Pick-Up Service means that we are not only able to meet a
the WWAAC for their donation of
camp I have had a chance to meet community need in over 41 new communities but also that we will have additional
$4,000 to purchase mosquito-eater funds to expand Easter Seals services to people with disabilities throughout Wiscon-
kids just like me. I also get to go
sin,” said Christine Fessler, President/CEO of Easter Seals Wisconsin. “We have a
to dances or do fun activities that I wonderful partner in Savers Thrift Stores and both our organizations are thrilled to
We love to hear about your experiences at Easter Seals Camp
could never do at home. When I’m Submit Wawbeek, Trail Blazers, or Respite Camp! Tell us about your have this
at Camp Wawbeek I’m with people YOUR craziest adventure, or the biggest fear you overcame. We might opportunity to serve others.”
Story ! even publish it on our web site or in the next issue of Network News!
To learn more about communities in which this service is available or for information on contacting the Pick-Up Ser-
Email your stories to email@example.com or mail
them to Easter Seals Wisconsin (address on back page).
10 Creating solutions, changing lives.
E v E N T H i g H L i g HTS FARm NEWS
SnoWmoBiLErS Join ForcES rEhABiLitAtion For FArmErS With diSABiLitiES
This year the weather cooperated for the annual Blizzard Blast sponsored by the Dane County Council of Snow- Easter Seals FArm Program makes great Strides
mobile Clubs. The Hawk’s Nest was filled with club members and their families enjoying games, food, raffles Since 1991, Easter Seals FARM Program has helped over 1,000 farmers and
and live music. Over $10,000 was raised to support the programs offered by Easter Seals Wisconsin to children agricultural workers with all types of disabilities successfully accommodate
and adults with disabilities. A special thank you to the Whippoorwill/Hawk’s Nest, John Flint and Tammy Lee their disability and either continue to farm, return to farming or develop an
alternative agricultural occupation.
from WJJO and Wisconsin Distributors.
Last year, Easter Seals Wisconsin served 185 people through our FARM
WinES Around thE WorLd program and each farmer received, on average, more than 40 hours of ser-
The 3rd Annual Wines Around the World event to benefit Easter Seals Wiscon- vice. This includes an on-farm assessment by a rural rehabilitation specialist,
follow-up consultation and analysis to develop a work plan, identifying suit-
sin was held on February 24th at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites on Madison’s Hello, my name’s Jeff. I was injured
able assistive technology and getting multiple estimates, and case manage-
west side. Guests “traveled” to different countries, sampling delicious wines ment to assure that the plan is successfully implemented. going to work one day. The guy’s
and hors d’oeuvres. The last stop on the trip was New Orleans for a Mardi Gras
An April 2004 survey of 67 farmers served in the past year indicated that as a windows fogged up-he ran a stop
celebration that featured fabulous desserts and dessert wines and live enter-
result of Easter Seals services, 80% of farmers could farm more successfully, sign and hit my truck. A couple of
tainment provided by the Ed Anders Quartet, caricature artist Bernie Tennis,
69% could continue to farm, and 11% could live on their farm and pursue work discs ruptured in my back. I had back
tarot card reader Brian Babbits, and The Lakeside School of Massage. The elsewhere.
nearly $15,000 raised in this event helps Easter Seals to serve children and surgery when I was 22, and then
Agriculture is the largest industry in Wisconsin and contributes $40 billion there was another rupture. Prior to
adults with disabilities throughout Wisconsin. This event was made possible
to Wisconsin’s economy. There are over 78,000 farms and other agricultural
by our sponsors: Carlson Wagonlit Travel-Monona & Target East, Holiday Inn my injury, I was working in con-
and forestry operations in the state. Unfortunately, farming is also one of the
Hotel & Suites, Bretl’s Wine & Spirits, Capital Newspapers Inc., Edgewater most hazardous professions. In Wisconsin, over 4,000 disabling accidents struction. After the accident, they
Greenhouse, George’s Chophouse, Madison’s Wine & Cigar Room, Nedrebo’s occur annually on farms throughout the state. In addition, farmers are at said my construction career was
Formal Wear, The Widget Source, Whole Foods Market, and WOLX/Triple M high risk for disabling health conditions resulting from physical strain and over.
Brandon & Bridget Buell of Cottage Grove hazardous exposures. The farm workforce overall is aging and is now pre-
pose in the Mardi Gras Photo Booth. dominantly over 40 years old. Not surprisingly, given the rigorous physical At first I didn’t believe them,
demands of farming and the aging of farm- because I was too young to be
EAStEr SEALS dAncE And rAFFLE in WAuSAu ers, the two primary diagnoses for farmers handicapped. it took six months
Easter Seals Benefit Dance & Raffle took place on March 13 at Schmidt’s Ballroom in Wausau. The purchase with disabilities are orthopedic impairments of being off work to believe it.
of $50 raffle tickets gave participants the opportunity to win exciting cash prizes and enjoy an afternoon of free (34%), mostly back and knee problems, and And then after that i said,
food and drink. Evening activities were open to the public and included additional raffles, door prizes and danc- arthritis (11%). The next largest categories
are amputations (10%) and spinal cord inju- “i guess i have to do something
ing to the band SouthBound. Thanks to the support of area residents and businesses, over $7,000 was raised to else.”
support Easter Seals programs and services. A special thank you to S.D. Ellenbecker, Inc., Schmidt’s Ballroom,
Marathon County Tavern League Restaurants and Members, Greenheck Fan Corp., United Structures Inc., Mara- Employment rates for people with disabilities I started looking into agriculture.
thon Wood Shavings Supply Inc.,Waraksa Excavating and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. in Wisconsin are at about 27.8%, compared That’s when I found out about the
with 76.3% for the general population. For
Easter Seals FARM Program. If it
SPring FLing people with a “severe work disability,” the
rates are even more disturbing: the employ- wasn’t for them, I’d be in the
The 1st Annual Spring Fling on March 28th was a success despite
ment rate is 7.5% and 90.3% have dropped out of the labor force entirely. unemployment line, or welfare line,
the inclement weather. About 100 people attended, including
Traditionally, the culture of farming is one of privacy and self-sufficiency. one of the two. They came out and
families from Easter Seals Respite program and from the commu-
nity and surrounding area. They had a great time playing games, Farmers try to work things out by themselves. Additionally, it is difficult for assessed my situation and watched
visiting with the Easter Bunny, and searching for Easter eggs. The farmers to seek help from outside agencies because they cannot leave the how I did a lot of things. They
Spring Fling raised just over $2,000, which will fund programs responsibilities of their farms unattended for very long. Milking, feeding recommended changes in the way
and other chores cannot wait.
at the Wisconsin Elks/Easter Seals Respite Camp in Wisconsin I did things and new equipment, so
Dells for people with severe disabilities. The grand prize raffle One reason Easter Seals FARM program has been so successful is that it that I didn’t have to use my back
winner of a child’s battery powered car donated by Glacier Valley focuses on helping the farmer continue to farm. The farmer is seeking help
as much. Our business continues to
Ford-Mercury was Ros Lyness from Wisconsin Dells. The first “for the farm,” not him/herself. The other reason is that all of our FARM
program staff have strong backgrounds in agriculture as well as in rehabili- grow. We currently have 550 calves,
place winner of a 20” TV donated by Cookies Nook was Linda
tation. They know and respect the culture of farming as well as farm work more than we can fit! Easter Seals
Outhouse of Oregon
and can work around the farmer’s schedule. Easter Seals continues to serve FARM Program has been excellent
Congratulations! Thank you also to the following sponsors: more farmers every day.
Portage Pick -n- Save, Davis Duehr Dean, Copps Food Stores, These two young boys found all kinds of goodies on the and instrumental in our business.
Spring Fling Easter Egg & Treasure Hunt. If you know of someone who may be able to benefit from our services, I can’t say enough about them.
Toll-Free Number: 1 800 422 2324 Read more about Easter Seals FARM Program at www.EasterSealsWisconsin.com
DiSAbiLiTY HELpLiNE SUMMER 2004 E v E N T H i g H L i g H TS
Fox vALLEY BuiLdS FuLLY AccESSiBLE PLAYground With mothEr’S hELP goLFErS And cELEBritiES tEE it uP For
memorial Park’s universal Playground opened this Past Spring kidS
golf outing for kids raises over $60,000
In late 2001, Lisa Nerenhausen became frustrated The 9th Annual Pat O’Donahue Golf Outing for Kids! was
because she could not find an accessible place for her held on June 29 at the beautiful Wilderness Woods Golf Club
daughter Leah to play. Lisa contacted Easter Seals in Wisconsin Dells. It was a day filled with sunshine, friend-
Disability HelpLine, a service in Outagamie County, ship and fun. Thirty-four teams captained by celebrity athletes
and voiced her frustrations over the need for an participated and raised over $60,000 to support Easter Seals
accessible playground in the Fox Valley. Jill Gretz- Wisconsin and our camp programs. Among the many celebri-
inger, Manager of the Disability HelpLine knew of ties joining us were former Green Bay Packers Bob Skoronski
another parent with similar concerns. Amy Perry was and Bob Long and past and present UW Badgers Mark John-
injured in a car accident as a young adult and uses a son, Jeff Sauer, Lisa Stone and Pat Richter. Brad Niebuhr from
the Mortenson, Matzelle & Meldrum team left the course smil-
wheelchair. Amy couldn’t take her children to area
ing after his hole-in-one shot earned him a Golf & Gamble Trip
playgrounds. She was afraid that one of her children The Neuman Pools golf team was captained by former Green
a cookout and awards Ellerson.
to Las Vegas. After golfing, everyone headed to Easter Seals Camp Wawbeek forDetroit Lions player Garypresentation.
would be injured and she would not be able to reach Bay Packers &
Celebrity athletes used the time before dinner to mingle with
them due to wood chips on the ground and other ac- campers and sign autographs. WISC-TV anchorwoman Carleen Wild returned again this year and did a wonderful job as
cessibility barriers. Six year old Leah plays and discovers at the Universal Play-
ground while her mother Lisa looks on.
emcee for the program. The Pat O’Donahue Golf Outing for Kids has become one of Easter Seals’ most successful special
events. Diamond Sponsors: The Great Lakes Companies, Neuman Pools,Water Technology and Jack Waterman. Gold
Jill introduced the two mothers and the team went to
Sponsors: Kraemer Brothers, Mortenson, Matzelle & Meldrum, Inc., Stevens Construction, Wilderness Hotel & Golf
work. They formed a committee, held countless meet- play on her own and be more independent.” Resort and Start Renting. Silver Sponsors: Meridian Laboratory, Ho-Chunk Hotel & Casino,Virchow Krause Capital,
ings, conducted research and raised funds all with one American Family Insurance and Cardinal FG-Portage. Visit www.EasterSealsWisconsin.com to see additional supporters.
Several hundred volunteers joined together to con-
goal in mind-to build a fully accessible playground
struct the playground, and more than 350 donors
that accommodates children with disabilities, allow-
ing both disabled and non-disabled children to play
contributed over $325,000 in funding for the project. SAvE THE DATE!
“This was very much a community effort,” said Jill.
“In addition to Easter Seals Wisconsin, Options for In- octoBEr FEBruArY
Construction of Memorial Park’s Universal Play- dependent Living, local businesses, parents, commu- Hop-N-ing Kicks Off Sunday, April 3
ground was completed in May of 2004. The unique nity members and even school children were crucial to Educational opportunity & fund- Spring Fling
Teen Weekend at Camp Wawbeek
design includes ramps and rubber turf to allow wheel- the project’s success.” raiser for young children (see 12:30-3:30, Elks/Easter
chair access. The rubber surface permits position- Saturday, February 5
The playground design integrates a variety of play page 6). Seals Respite Camp
ing close to the equipment, allowing children to Blizzard Blast
experiences and challenges while providing for access April 29 - May 1
play without being taken out of a wheelchair. The NOW - November 22 Time TBA, Nora’s II
and needs of persons with physical, sensory or devel- Respite Session in NW, WI
teeter-totter and swings have backrests, seatbelts Car Raffle Sponsored by Raffle and dance conducted by the
opmental disabilities. Six year old Leah has Mito- (see page 11)
and restraints which provide spinal and neck sup- Century 21-Affiliated. Dane County Council of Snowmo-
chrondial Myopathy and cannot stand, crawl or walk
port. These are just a few of the pieces of playground Visit www.21.com bile Clubs. Tuesday, May 3
due to her low muscle tone. She is developmentally
equipment you will find at the Universal Playground. for ticket information. Easter Seals Awards Ban-
delayed and communicates through hand gestures and mArch
The neatest thing is to see the
smile on my daughter’s face,
“ facial expressions.
“The universal playground is a wonderful place for
non-disabled children to interact with children with
Saturday, November 6
Eau Claire Dance & Raffle
IMPACT Campaign Kicks Off
Easter Seals state-wide annual
Nakoma Golf Club, Madi-
because she can play there. disabilities because it teaches tolerance,” said Lisa.
6-11 pm, Eagle’s Club (see page 7). Awards ceremony,
Hwy 63, Hallie key-note speaker and
“Other children encourage Leah and she is able to bet- Saturday, march 19 Easter Seals presentation.
Purchase raffle tickets & dance
ter interact with her siblings and peers.” Wausau Benefit Dance
to the band, Illusion. Buy tickets may 6-8
For more information about Easter Seals Disability Details TBA
“The neatest thing is to see the smile on my daugh- at any Eau Claire area
ter’s face, because she can play there,” Lisa said. “It HelpLine for residents in Outagamie County, visit Mega Pick-n-Save. APriL
For more information about any
makes it so much easier that I can strap Leah in and www.EasterSealsWisconsin.com or call Jill at the La Crosse Radiothon
dEcEmBEr of these activities, log on to www.
not have to sit with her and hold her...now she can HelpLine at (920) 832-0344. Details TBA
December 27-30 Easter SealsWisconsin.com or
Respite Holiday Session call 1-800-422-2324.
Toll-Free Number: 1 800 422 2324
SUppORT SUMMER 2004 SUppORT
Join thE FriEndS oF EAStEr SEALS EAStEr SEALS WiSconSin FindS Long- EAStEr SEALS AnnuAL imPAct cAmPAign A SuccESS
TerM FrIeND IN CeNTury 21 reAlTy local Community Members raised over $150,000 to Support easter Seals Wisconsin’s Programs
aster Seals Wisconsin’s premier annual
giving Local realtors raise Funds for children and Adults Together, Easter Seals VIPs (Very Important Partners) have given generously of their time, raising over $150,000 for
and recognition club, Friends of Easter with Disabilities in Their Communities. Easter Seals Wisconsin during the 2004 IMPACT Campaign. The money raised will be used for Easter Seals pro-
Seals, is comprised of caring individuals Century 21 has been a supporter of Easter Seals nationwide grams that help create greater independence for people with disabilities. Easter Seals wholeheartedly thanks our VIPs
since 1979, raising more funds than any other corporate for their time, creativity and generosity and the caring sponsors, businesses and individuals listed below for their
who make an annual commitment based on their
belief that everyone with a disability deserves ac- partner. Southern Wisconsin Joel & Sara Klinge Wisconsin Dells Rotary Club
cess to quality, comprehensive and compassionate Century 21 Colleen realty in Kenosha has been holding A & E Business Solutions Paul & Kristine Kroog WISC-TV Easter Seals viPs
Accola Steel Landgraf Construction Wonder Wash Car Wash
programs and services. a Porky-Pancake Breakfast to benefit Easter Seals ser- Advertisers Press
northern Wisconsin Southern Wisconsin
AIR Temperature Services Matt Amman
When you give to the Friends of Easter Seals, your vices since 1992. This year’s breakfast, held on February Alliant Energy & Employees Neil Lonergan
Biesterveld & Company, LLC Skip Avery
Jeff & Natosha Lonigro
gift is an investment that, combined with others, 22, raised $3,600. Barry & Cindy Alvarez
Rick & Amia Lonigro
Neil & Susan Camrud Mary Breunig
American Family Insurance Carroll Carlson
will enable people with disabilities to achieve their Century 21 Affiliated Blowers in Janesville holds a golf Anchor Bank M & I Bank of Southern Wisconsin
Badger Abstract & Title Corp. Madison Prehung Door Brandon Buell
fullest independence, self- outing each summer. This year’s event, held August 17, Badger Funding Corp. McKenzie 300 Corporation
Edina Realty, Inc.
reliance, productivity rasied $3,350. Neal & Linda Bardele Menard Brokerage & Development
Mermaid Car Wash
Employees of Erv Smith Services Inc. Fred Delmenhorst
George & Regina Block
and joy of life. Century 21 Affiliated, with 22 offices throughout Wis- Monona Grove Optimist Club
Erv Smith Services Inc. Pat Formella
Bock Water Heaters, Inc. Pete & Michelle Farrow
Joseph Boucher Mt. Horeb Masonry Cheryl Frohmoder
consin, is selling raffle tickets through November 22. To MTM
James & Mary Flanagan
As a Friend, Mary Breunig Gordy’s IGA
learn more about this exciting opportunity to win a new Tony Brewster Munz Corporation Ed Heinz
you help make Robert Brownell Nakoma Golf Club
Mike & Connie Griffin
VW Beetle Convertible or a Buick Rendezvous SUV, National Guardian Life Insurance Co.
Group Health Cooperative
a reality Easter Chuck & Bonnie Buell Guelzow Law Offices Pat Jennings
Seals Wisconsin’s visit www.21.com. Calkins Engineering NCR Corp.
Gustave A. Larson, Co. Tom Jilot
Tim Carey Oak Bank
Marjorie & Claire Johnson Ben Lake
Oil Equipment Co.
mission to cre- Century 21 First realty in Appleton will hold a live Century 21 Colleen Realty
Olson Heating & Appliance
ate solutions that radio auction on WHBY, from 4-6 pm on November 4, Connery Construction, Inc. Optimist Club of East Madison
Richard J. Kelly Law Office James Loshaw
Paragon Business Furniture Group
change the lives of with great items and interviews with Easter Seals staff Corporate Support Services, LLC
John & Rose Pelletter
KMTSJ Carolyn Loshaw
children and adults
CPM Corporation Landmark Company Dan Mack
& clients. Credit Union Executives Society Preferred Title
Calvin & Patricia Longsdorf Vicky Moeser
with disabilities and Data Financial Business Service Michael Longsdorf Dan Nichols
their families. Fur- help the environment and support Easter Seals. Dayton’s Commercial Interiors Princeton Homes
Pete and Ione Lukowitz John Pelletter
Fred & Pat Delmenhorst Providence, LLC
thermore, your gift can Many Century 21 offices participate in Cartridges for Demco, Inc. Ragsdale, Spritz & Reuschlein, SC
M & L Distributors
Dan & Debbie Market
be designated to support the Easter Seals Kids, an inkjet and laser printer cartridge recycling pro- Design Build RanderCom
McDermid Agency Rod Ripley
DeWitt, Ross & Stevens McDonough Manufacturing Pete Roe
Diversified Insurance Services Raven Management, Inc.
kidS hoP, SkiP And JumP For EAStEr SEALS Mega Pick -n- Save Dennis Sampson
giFtS From FoundAtionS Scott & April Stevenson Results Radio
Minton Financial Carol Schaufel
Easter Seals Wisconsin thanks the following founda- Hundreds of children’s groups around the state have held donAtE Your cAr!
D’Onofrio, Kottke & Associates Daniel & Marla Ripp-Fischer
Noon Exchange Club of Eau Claire Laura Schurman
tions from whom we have received grants this spring & Hop-N-ings and rave about it. The program kicks off Droessler Chiropractic Ryder
Park Ridge Distributing
Karen & Johann Peikert
summer: in October, and this year we’d like your group, or your Dunham Express Samuels Recycling Company
Pepsi-Cola Becky Theis
child’s group, to join in the fun! Dvorak Plumbing Quality Inn Bob Weber
Environment Control Dave & Pat Schultz
Judd S. Alexander Foundation Schumann Printers
Royal Construction Tom Woodward
First Weber Group, Inc.
AgStar Fund for Rural Development Hop-N-ing is a disability awareness and fundraising pro- Fitchburg Plumbing Schutz Design & Construction
Sam’s Auto Supply
Dr. Michael Smith
Eric Schwartz Joe Bozinski
Children’s Miracle Network of the gram created by Easter Seals. The program has several Flooring Designs
Noel & Diane Smith
Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation
John Fox Toycen Motors Neil Camrud
goals: to teach young children about disabilities, to foster French, O’Sheridan & Associates, LLC SprintPrint
W. A. Woehrmann, DDS Skip Ellenbecker
Children’s Miracle Network of the Marshfield positive attitudes and help prevent fears and prejudices Furniture Express, Inc. Stan’s Lumber, Inc.
John Zettler Peter Farrow
General Heating and Air Conditioning Star Cinema
Clinic from forming, and to raise needed funds for Easter Seals Gordon Flesch Co., Inc. State Collection Service, Inc. Fox valley Mary Glassbrenner
Jenni & Kyle Fund of the Madison programs. Kids enjoy the disability awareness lessons Greater Insurance Corp. Timothy Stein Banta Corporation Foundation Mike Griffin
Community Foundation Group Health Cooperative Ron & Jane Steinhofer BCI Group DuWayne Geurts
and love the event itself in which they hop, skip or jump Guarantee Bank Stenbroten Ventures, LLC Bear, Stearns, & Co., Inc. Jeannie Geurts
Thomas H. Jacob Foundation John Teevan Bemis Flexible Packaging
Johnson & Johnson/Pathways to Independence
to raise pledges. Teachers, day care providers, and group Heinrichs Broker/Developer
The Benefit Services Group Henry Fuldner
Heller Consulting, Inc. Pete Lukowitz
Kaap Fundation leaders find Hop-N-ing an easy and fun event to run. Hi-Tech Lab The Isbell Group Jim & Judilynn McDermott
Ron & Laureen Thorstad McDermott, Will & Emery Deb Mundt
Herbert Kohl Charities Groups such as preschools, day care centers and K-2 pro- Bill & Lynn Holley
Tim McKenzie Real Estate Services Christopher Noyes Dr. Alan Ostertag
Kuehn Family Foundation grams ranging in size from In Business Magazine Janice Tipple Plexus Corporation James Sala
United Craftsman Jeffrey & Jone Riester
Presto Foundation 2 – 200 have taken part with great results. J.A.K.’s Landscaping
United Fund of Iowa County, Inc. The Boldt Group, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
PUSH America Vision Investment Services Venn Strategies Mike Bloom
To learn more, to obtain materials to share with your Norm & Pat Jennings
Tom Jilot VyMaC Corporation Ann & Paul Whalen Lorie Bunke
Sheboygan Service Foundation child’s teacher or day care provider, or to sign up your Johnson Bank Walgenmeyers Carpet & Tile Paul Karch
6 Joseph Wayne Corp. Bob & Mary Weber
Additional Easter Seals donors are recognized on our website www.EasterSealsWisconsin.com
Toll-Free Number: 1 800 422 2324