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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Time is Now: TIN dontating $200,000 to fight drunk driving, home violence

Send your donation to: The Time Is Now to Help, PO Box 70, Pell Lake, WI 53157


Editor's Note: The following is written about The Time Is Now, a private charity serving Walworth County. The founder, who knew poverty as a child, now provides help for those in need. Every penny donated goes to the needy for daily necessities of life. Donors will receive a tax-deductible itemized receipt showing exactly where every penny was spent. We'll publish a letter most weeks.

Many counties throughout the United States and several in Wisconsin have been improving the safety of their roads from impaired drivers by implementing drug court/alcohol programs. Medical experts have proven there is a behavioral problem associated with alcohol abuse. Putting people in jail alone does not stop repeated drunk driving offenses.

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Sal Dimiceli Sr., founder of Time is Now, is holding a check for $200,000 designed to help battle drunk driving and violence associated with alcohol abuse. He is surrounded by many of those helping on the project.
Treating the behavioral problem with an intense psychological program for one year has had great results. This saves lives, restores people's dignity and curbs violence in the home, by curing alcoholism.

With federal, state and county budget restraints, there was no funding available to start a progressive successful alcohol program to help protect the citizens of Walworth County and those visiting.

Sal Dimiceli Sr., founder of the Time Is Now To Help, finds alcoholism a major problem in the homes. Victims of abuse, usually women and children, are being physically and psychologically abused.

The severe physical abuse they endure often results in broken bones, concussions, etc. Dimiceli has encountered many of such victims and made a promise to do something to help.

After Dimiceli wrote a Time Is Now To Help column about the violence resulting from alcohol abuse and Walworth County's inability to afford an alcohol program, donors came forward to specifically provide the funding for Walworth County's very own program. Many have been moved by the physical and mental pain inflicted on their fellow creations, due to alcoholism.

Dimiceli wanted Walworth County's program to be a step ahead of most others by researching the latest in G.P.S. bracelets for offenders in the program. Dimiceli found a G.P.S. bracelet that monitors for alcohol every 15 minutes via satellite. Every participant in the C.A.T.E program will wear an alcohol G.P.S. bracelet for approximately one year. We will now be able to accomplish three things:

1. Get drunk drivers off the streets.

2. Get alcohol abusers into a corrective behavioral program.

3. Stop the violence at home by monitoring and enforcing zero tolerance for drinking or returning to jail with a longer sentence.

Dimiceli stated there was a wonderful group of people putting together a program for the benefit of all of us, but they had no funding. They have been working on this project since 2004. Walworth County employees and those elected to serve have been giving their own personal time, during lunch, after work, whatever it took to see this to completion.

Dimiceli saw their compassion for and their expertise to create such a wonderful program to help safe guard us, our loved ones and protect the public. Some of those wonderful people are pictured here.

Dimiceli said, "We need to thank all involved. Their talents and intelligence in their individual fields and knowledge of everything needed to put together a comprehensive program constantly impressed me. We need to be proud of those that we elect/employ and most of all have the privilege to have them, our fellow creations, be so devoted to their commitments. I cannot say enough good about all these wonderful people. God bless them for all their hard work and compassion for all of us."

Health and happiness,
God bless everyone,

Walworth County Alliance for Children Fundraiser: This is a very important project for those who love God's children. Please join us. There will be a fundraiser held at the beautiful Driehaus estate on May 31, 2008, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., to benefit the Walworth County Alliance for Children Family Healing Center. The evening includes a reading and author signing by New York Times bestselling author Linda Lowery, music, a silent auction, gourmet buffet meal, wine and cocktails.

Tickets are available for $130 per person or $225 per couple. Contact Evie Schultz at (262) 741-7198 or Gen Reed at (262) 723-4653 for more information and to purchase tickets.

A special thank you to: Southern Lakes Masonic Lodge No. 12, Gloria Dei Ladies Circle, Roundy's Pick 'N Save We Care Program, Marvin Hersko in memory of Blanche Hersko, Mark and Kathleen Kuglitsch, John and Barbara Verdouw, Peterson Drywall, Paper Dolls, Steve and Susan Woodcock, Vernon Johnson, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Phyllis Weeden in memory of Ken Weeden, Jay Ieronimo, Alan Homan, Richard Mertes, Elizabeth Cox, Walter Zimmerman Jr., Michael Kuhl and family, Virginia Moser, Donald and Marie Voss, J.D. Development, Bill and Lois McEssy, The Rhoades Foundation, Paul Ziegler, ALL of you who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes and the businesses that allow our donation boxes. Anyone who would like a Time Is Now donation box in your business, please call (262) 249-7000.



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