Surf's Up and Staff is ready to "hang 10"

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Photo L to R:  Tammy Young, Executive Director, Jennifer Smith, Senior Community Based Program Coordinator, Lisa Warntjes, Enrollment and Match Specialist (School Based), Joscelyn Deanovich, Community Based Program Coordinator, Tammy Sodermark, Office Manager

Can you believe Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Beach Bowl for kids’ sake is just 1 week out? Are you ready to have a great time? We have a ton of fun things in store including a best-dressed costume (chance to win $50), a live DJ and a photo booth!

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The Welsch Restaurant and Ale House Community Giveback Program

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THE WELSCH RESTAURANT AND ALE HOUSE COMMUNITY GIVEBACK PROGRAM

EAT, DRINK AND DO SOME GOOD!

Welcome to The Welsch Restaurant and Ale House,

We here at The Welsch would like to thank everyone for all your support over the years. Now, it is time for us to give back! Starting on Tuesday, February 21 and every Tuesday thereafter, we will be donating 15% of our total sales back to a local charity. February 21, 28 and March 7 and 14, all proceeds for these four dates will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the only one-to-one mentoring program of its kind serving all of Fond du Lac and the northern portion of Dodge County.

On Tuesday, March 7, we will be turning our banquet facility into a super kidz play zone. Join us for a night of fun! There is no cost to attend, just come EAT, DRINK AND DO SOME GOOD!

For more information about our community giveback program or to get on our fundraiser list, please contact the restaurant at 920-322-8800 or email us at thewelsch01@yahoo.com. We are excited to be able to help local non-profits and are especially appreciative of all the help Horicon Bank has given us.

Thanks in advance from everyone at The Welsch –

Jason


The Welsch Restaurant & Ale House – W3675 County Road WH, Malone • 920-322-8800

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces ‘Big’ of the Year!

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Pictured L to R: Paige, Cassandra (Cassie) Biertzer

Did you ever wonder what you could do to make a difference in the life of a child? How much time or energy it would take and what the reward might be?

 

Just ask ‘Big Sister’ Cassandra (Cassie) Biertzer who was just awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of FDL County ‘Big’ of the Year. She got much more than she bargained for since being matched with ‘Little Sister’ Paige in 2014.

 

“Paige & I have been matched for a little over 2 years now,” said Cassie. “I can definitely say it’s one of the best things that have happened in my life. Together we have gone through some hard times, in both of our lives. We can confide in each other and really relate to each other. Paige comes to all of our family events; it wouldn’t be the same without her!”

 

“This match is a BIG success story,” said Jennifer Smith, Senior Community Based Coordinator for BBBS. “It’s amazing to see the change and growth in Paige since the beginning of her match. With the help of her Big Sister, Paige has overcome many personal issues in her life. She has not only improved her self-esteem, but her health as well just by being matched, said Smith. But, Paige isn’t the only one that has won. “Speaking with Cassie, it’s wonderful to hear how she had grown closer to Paige due to a change in her own personal life. Cassie feels that channeling her time and effort toward Paige helped her get through it.”

 

“Cassie has gone beyond the call of duty for her Little,” said Smith. “In the past two years, they’ve done many fun and unique activities, including: sailing, the Little Farmer, and enjoyed Christmas gatherings, Packer games, a trip to St. Louis and family picnics together. Cassie has even added Paige to her family’s family picture, which is overwhelming to see. I personally believe that after almost 9 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters, this match may be one of my biggest success stories.”

 

BBBS assists children with social, emotional and character development through one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults. Children in the program come from a wide variety of backgrounds, many coming from single parent households, living at or below poverty level. BBBS matches children with a Big Brother, Sister, Couple or Family in a community or school based program. Children aged 6 through 13 can enroll in the program through a parent or guardian referral. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license for the community-based program, 16 years old for the school-based program. For more information about the program or to volunteer, call 920-922-8200 or visit www.bbbsfdl.org.


Bigs & Littles Cheer on Sabres

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Pre-game

                 

                    

Game time! :) 

Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters enjoyed building a stuffed animal to bring with them to cheer on the Sabres! Go Sabres!  

 

 

Making a BIG Difference!!

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A special thank you to Jeremy, Reanna and their kids for being a big family to Houston for the past 3 1/2 years. Life is crazy, but they make the time! Watch for them on NBC26! #bbbsfdl

https://youtu.be/TfKWYZBKVL0

 

 

Klemm joins Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County is proud to announce a new board member, Karri Klemm from National Exchange Bank & Trust.

Karri is a creative marketing professional who brings to Big Brothers Big Sisters a wide range of talent and experience. She currently works as a Marketing Coordinator for National Exchange Bank & Trust, where she has been since 2012. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a major in Business Administration, Karri has been able to leverage her knowledge of event coordination, promotion, presentation and website management as well as copy writing through a variety of positions she has held since graduation.

Karri actively gives back and is involved with the Fond du Lac Community. She is the current chair of the Fond du Lac County Money Smart Week, a current member of the Boys & Girls Club Reach for the Stars committee, an active participant in NEBAT’s Relay for Life team and a member of the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac, serving as NEBAT’s champion. In addition, she is a member of the Fond du Lac Marketing Professionals group and has recently served on both the Leadership Fond du Lac Alumni Board and the Downtown FDL Exploratory Committee for the City of Fond du Lac.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County is a United Way Agency that assists children with social, emotional and character development through one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults. The agency matches children with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples or Big Families in a community or school based program. Children aged 6 through 13 can enroll in the program through a parent or guardian referral. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license for the community-based program, 16 years old for the school-based program. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, call 920-922-8200 or visit www.bbbsfdl.org.


Memories-Woodlands Senior Center

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Saturday

January 28, 2017

Woodlands Senior Center

Time spent with others:  PRICELESS <3

Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity Keep Kids Warm

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Pictured L to R: Joel Boelhower, Construction Manager - Habitat for Humanity, Troy Riehl, ReStore Manager - Habitat for Humanity, Tammy Young, Executive Director - BBBS and Tom Wilhelms, Executive Director - Habitat for Humanity

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) assists children with social, emotional and character development through one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults. Children in the program come from a wide variety of backgrounds, many coming from single parent households, living at or below poverty level.

With Fond du Lac in the midst of a cold winter, timing could not have been better for a donation of coats for the children in the BBBS program. “When Tom from Habitat called asking if we could use 200 coats they had received in house, of course my answer was yes!” said Tammy Young, Executive Director of BBBS. “Many of our children and parents are in need of coats to keep them warm in the winter time. The timing was perfect, Habitat for Humanity made a BIG difference!”

Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building home, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve shelter conditions.

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples or Big Families in a community or school based program. Children aged 6 through 13 can enroll in the program through a parent or guardian referral. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license for the community based program, 16 years old for the school based program. For more information about the program or to volunteer, call 920-922-8200 or visit www.bbbsfdl.org.


 

Hierl Insurance Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Pictured L to R: Tammy Young, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan Henderson, VP Human Resources/Operations, Hierl Insurance

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is blessed by the outpouring of support they receive on a daily basis from the Fond du Lac Community. Money, volunteer hours, product, the ways to support are endless.

A very special shout out goes to Hierl Insurance for their recent donation of $2000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Each holiday season, Hierl Insurance elects to send out a Thanksgiving card to all their clients, letting them know which non-profit they will be donating money to. This year, they chose Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“When Susan called to let me know BBBS was the chosen non-profit for 2016, I couldn’t believe our good fortune!” said Tammy Young, Executive Director of BBBS. “BBBS relies on the donations we receive to help children in Fond du Lac County. All money received, stays local and goes right back into our program. When Susan delivered a check for $2000, I was speechless. Hierl Insurance made a BIG difference!”

Hierl Insurance is a collaborative company of experts and strategic partners, who believe in the concept of working smarter and more strategically to attain real results for their customers. Offering employee benefits as well as property and casualty insurance, Hierl Insurance believes in Return on Relationship™. They take the time to listen to, understand and analyze the big picture for all their clients. Hierl comes to the table with the depth of expertise necessary to develop strategies that produce results.

Big Brothers Big Sisters assists children with social, emotional and character development through one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults. Children in the program come from a wide variety of backgrounds, many coming from single parent households, living at or below poverty level. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples or Big Families in a community or school based program. Children aged 6 through 13 can enroll in the program through a parent or guardian referral. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license for the community based program, 16 years old for the school based program. For more information about the program or to volunteer, call 920-922-8200 or visit www.bbbsfdl.org.


BBBS Adopt a Family a BIG Success!! Helped 22% more families!

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Photo: (L to R) Tammy Young, Executive Director, BBBS, Jennifer Smith, Senior Community Based Coordinator, BBBS

The holidays are a magical time for children.  For children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program, most who are living at or below poverty level, Christmas isn’t always magical. That is, UNLESS you are ‘adopted’ by either a generous family, business, 4H Club, church group, school, or even a group of friends. This year, 98 families in the BBBS program were helped (up from 77 in 2015).

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the Fond du Lac community!” said Tammy Young, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  “To say the BBBS Adopt a Family program was a BIG success, is an understatement.  I’ve been with BBBS since October of 2014 and I continue to be amazed at how many people step up to help those in need.  Without their help and support, many children would not have had Christmas, plain and simple.  Being able to help 98 families (a 22% increase) warms your heart!  When you see the look on the face of a mom or grandma as they come to pick up the gifts for the family, it puts it all into perspective.  Fond du Lac truly made a BIG difference this holiday season!”

The Adopt a Family project is spearheaded by Senior Community Based Coordinator Jennifer Smith.  “We wanted to be able to help more families this year so we started even earlier than normal” said Smith.  “In addition to the many repeat ‘helpers’, businesses or families that continue to help year after year, we also had several new participants.  We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help!  Our families don’t get help anywhere else, it’s just us. It’s doubly important we make sure they are taken care of.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) assists children with social, emotional and character development through one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults.  Children in the program come from a wide variety of backgrounds, many coming from single parent households, living at or below poverty level.  Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples or Big Families in a community or school based program.  Children aged 6 through 13 can enroll in the program through a parent or guardian referral.  Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license for the community based program, 16 years old for the school based program.  For more information about the program or to volunteer, call 920-922-8200 or visit www.bbbsfdl.org.