Letter from the Chair of the Board
I am delighted to be able to report to you on the continuing success of meeting our mission at Easter Seals Wisconsin. With your compassionate support, we continue to provide help, hope, and answers for individuals with disabilities and special needs as well as their families, whose needs cannot be overlooked. We are inspired by the life-changing outcomes of our advocacy, our services, and the economic impact that our programs offer to individuals, families, and communities. Although we are providing the opportunity and expertise, the people we serve give back with personal growth, independence, confidence, and triumphs.
It has been an exciting year at Easter Seals Wisconsin, starting with our inaugural Celebrity Basketball Challenge fundraiser, which brought in over $13,000 in its first year, and the 10th Anniversary of the Skip Ellenbecker Memorial Golf Outing, which has raised over $100,000 since its inception. Because of the generosity of many, we were able to remodel the Menomoni Cabin which will potentially expand the number of campers served at Camp Wawbeek by 180 each summer. With over 60 volunteers in attendance, the new Kiwanis accessible playground at Camp Wawbeek was largely built in a day! On top of all of this, Camp Wawbeek celebrated its 80th year as the longest, continuously running Easter Seals Camp in the nation.
As you will read in the following report, our programs have again excelled at meeting the needs of our communities. Camp Wawbeek and Respite Camp served over 2,000 campers combined. Our FARM Program served 376 farmers. The Self-Employment Services program and the Disability Helpline of Outagamie County continue to assist and guide adults with disabilities toward independence and self-sufficiency.
The management, staff, and volunteers of Easter Seals Wisconsin are truly remarkable people, accomplishing exceptional results in the face of an ever-changing environment. While we had a challenging year with the closure of the Donation Center due to Savers closing their Madison store, we know there are challenges we must face and that change is inevitable, and that the work at Easter Seals Wisconsin is first and foremost about the people we serve, their families, and their communities. It is through your generosity and partnership that the foundation for our continuing success has been built.
We thank you for your kindness and support and promise to continue to deliver the preeminent programs you can be proud of.
Chair of the Board
Easter Seals Wisconsin