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Friday, January 06, 2006

By Julie Rice: New Chance thanks you

Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services terminated their contract with New Chance due to budget cuts. Since then many people have offered their support through donations, our silent auction, bowling at the bowlathon, signing petitions, offering to help,writing letters or speaking to the Health and Human Service or Finance committees.

I'd like to say thank you to County Board Members Joe Schaefer, Joe Guido, Joyce Ketchpaw, Jerry Waelti, Pauline Parker and Ann Lohrmann for listening, offering words of encouragement, and providing direction. Especially to Joe Guido for filing all the necessary paperwork to try to appeal the termination of our contract.

Thank you to Judge Robert Kennedy, Dr. James Sorenson, Dr. Jerry Hawver, Dorthy Kaufmann, Hank Schmelz, Mary Abbott, Jane Simons, Jake Schlick, Chief Tim O'Neil, Jess Hahn, Ann Serpe and Dagmar Knorr for speaking at the committee meetings on behalf of New Chance.

Thank you to all the letter writers and people who made phone calls to County Board Members and Health and Human Services to support New Chance including: Dr. Vicki Loudin, Sam Romano, Joe Lynch, Dorothy Kaufmann, Ann Serpe, Heather Lawson, Stephanie Jordan, Tim Mistrioty, Mark Pienkos, Barb Shreeves, Alvia Drews, Tom Crawford, Gayle Gavin, Karly McCune, Linda Marty and Barbara Ray.

The Bowlathon and silent auction could not have been done with out the help of our bowlers and pledges and all the people who donated items for our silent auction. Thank you to Jane Simons, Lakeland Surgical Clinic, Laura Barkes, Tom, Linda and Courtney Blackwell, Nolan Stanton, De Buck Sod Farm of WI and Melissa De Buck, Mark Peinkos, Travis and Jesse Hahn, Mrs. Ivan Alder, Rob and Mae Mohr, Bob Rice, Cherie and Scott Dillner, Hank, Cara and Kenny Schmelz, Carol Blackbourn, Sue and Howard Lancaster, Dr. Anthony E. Urlakis, Lisa Dettmann, Amanda Christiansen, Alberta Knorr, Gus Knorr, Bryce Knorr with Elkhorn Commodities, Shirly and Richard Jones, Donna Rice, Kathryn Carroll, Jeanne Johnson, Carol Dinsmore, Burdick Excavating, Jeannie Heskett, Dorothy Fladten, Rockwell Delavan Fitness, James Vorpagel, Mary and Heather Faltinson, Pam Scott, Jeff Hansen, Sandy Can Galder, Gramp's Inc., Morse Auto Service, Andrea and Chris White, Mary, Steve and Jenny Abbott, Cindy Emmerson, Nancy Crispell, David Akins, Mel and Ginny Jager, Anchor Bank, Roxanne Armstrong, Sue Polzin, Melissa Folkers, Duane Warrenburg, Hogans Goat, Delavan Piggly Wiggly, Jessica Barkes, Steven Cervantes, Carrie Selusnik, Dan Brandt, Bob Beighton, Kerry Butitta, Mike Cipriano, Maxine Ellis, Deedee Murray, Delores Grover, Eunice Mc Sorley, Barbara Kobbervig, Larry Ellis, Patsy Brown, DDHS Athletic Dept., Carol Dillner, Judy Hintz, Barb Maurer, Jeff Ellis, Jamie Ellis, Sandra Thiele, Julie Thiele, Tom Thiele, Joe Manley, Janet Schmaling, Phyllis Putman, Marylou Palcic, Sue Schmaling, Pat Cordery, Chris Mohr, Grace Primesing, Juanita Sessnor, Jeannine Heskart, Heather Rockwell, Dorothy Fladten, Robert Thiele, Memories From the Heart, Linda Siert with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Hunter's Auto Service Inc., Beall Jewelers, Hair Techniques, Delavan Community Bank, New Horizon's Sports Cafe, Utiger Jewerly, The Good Company, Pesche's Greenhouse, Fantasy Hills Ranch, Grand Geneva, Wildflower Cafe, Evergreen Golf Course, Delavan Lake Resort, White Hot Yoga, Clearwater Day Spa, Four Lakes Athletic Club, Sonoma Cellars, The Perfect Portrait, Curves of Delavan, Attitudes Salon, Hernandez, Gordy's Boat House, Bradley's, Grimm's Fairy Tales Glow Mini Golf and especially Two Seasons Bowl for sponsoring the bowlathon.

A special thank you to Donna Rice, Dagmar Knorr, Ann Serpe and Teri Alder for constant support and help to keep New Chance operating; to Dick Howarth for consultation and help with legal services; to Mike Muerer for the assistance with rent; to Judge Robert Kennedy and Greg Wescott, for always being willing to do whatever it takes to provide an education for each child; to my former students Raum Di Varco for donating his own money to help us continue programming; to Jake Schlick for offering to speak at a committe meeting and doing a great job; and to Heather Lawson and Karly Mc Cune for writing letters from the heart of support for New Chance.

You are the people who give me the determination to work hard to keep New Chance going. I thank each and every one of you for all you have given! We will continue to work with local school districts to provide educational and group services for Walworth County youth.

Julie Rice
Director New Chance


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