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Monday, February 25, 2008

Walworth woman wins VIP honor

Jenny Patton of Walworth was named Individual Achievement Honoree of the year during VIP services annual awards banquet.
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Honorees at the 23rd Annual VIP Services Recognition Dinner: (front row, L-R) Shirley Treyer, Sadie Hintz, Lois Grunewald, Elsie McDonald, William Jesko, (back row) Tony Serpe, VIP services board president, Steve Shulfer, Jenny Patton, Larry Mau and VIP Services Executive Director Cindy Simonsen. Honorees not pictured include Danny Arizola, Robert Benjamin, Karie Fiegel and Albert Krause.
More than 210 clients, family members, business representatives and guests gathered at the Evergreen Golf Club recently to honor VIP Services 2007 Individual Achievement Honorees and outstanding community business partners.

VIP Services, located in Elkhorn, offers vocational and community living training options for adults with disabilities.

Client Individual Achievement Honorees are selected on a monthly basis throughout the year by VIP Services staff members on the basis of the way they demonstrate commitment and dedication to their work and assignments, as well as how they confront the various challenges they are faced with in achieving their personal goals.

This year's honorees included Danny Arizola of Elkhorn, Robert Benjamin of Whitewater, Karie Fiegel of Darien, Lois Grunewald of Whitewater, Sadie Hintz of Delavan, William Jesko of Whitewater, Albert Krause of Elkhorn, Larry Mau of Whitewater, Elsie McDonald of Elkhorn, Jenny Patton of Walworth, Steve Shulfer of Whitewater and Shirley Treyer of Lake Geneva.

Patton, 36, was recognized for her ability to meet and overcome challenges, including the daily challenge of coping with short-term memory loss.

Patton first came to VIP Services at age 18 and worked in the production and employment training center.

Currently, she works on the agency's rest area maintenance crew and with the in-house maintenance program.

She has developed strategies for coping with her memory issues, and her determination to make progress in building the life that she wants for herself is a source of inspiration to all around her.

Also recognized for outstanding service during the year were three local businesses.

Deb Butler and Steve Terrill were on hand to receive the VIP Services Business Partner of the Year award on behalf of Lab Safety Supply, Janesville.

Over the past year, the volume and variety of work produced by VIP Services clients for Lab Safety has grown dramatically.

Currently, some 80 percent of VIP Services clients working in the employment and training center have worked on a Lab Supply project.

Mark and Mike Stinebrink, owners of Stinebrink's Pick 'N Save Stores in Lake Geneva and Delavan, were also on hand to be recognized as the 2007 Employer of the Year.

In addition to providing an outstanding long-term employment environment for several VIP Services clients, the company has been very cooperative in allowing both job shadowing and work experience opportunities.

A final community business award was presented to Golden Years of Walworth as the outstanding Client Volunteer Site of the Year.

The VIP Services client volunteer program allows participants to give back to the community by helping others. VIP Services clients travel to Walworth every Monday morning to escort and assist Golden Years Health Care Center clients with a variety of activities.

The relationship provides an important benefit to volunteers and residents alike.

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