Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Benefit dinner raises $15,237

by Sal Dimiceli

December 12, 2013

This week we are sharing where every penny of The Geneva Inn benefit dinner, silent auction and raffle funds were distributed to help the poverty stricken. We again thank everyone that helped to make this evening such a success. A “big heartfelt thank you” to the generous owners and staff of The Geneva Inn and Grandview Restaurant, everyone that donated such wonderful silent auction and raffle items and all of “you” that participated in this wonderful event. Every penny of the $15,237.17 raised was used immediately to provide food, utility assistance, shelter, automobile assistance and toiletries. Many of our fellow creations were filled with gratitude, knowing it made the difference between their homelessness, hungry children, needing assistance with their utilities, water, lights and heat. We also provided transportation assistance and other daily necessities. God bless all of you for your hard work and dedication to make a difference in the lives of many. This is how the Geneva Inn and all that participated helped: Rent/Shelter = $7,934.00 Thanks to The Geneva Inn, and your generosity, we were able to house many homeless fellow creations in motels until they could secure housing for a reasonable rental. We also prevented eviction for four families with children and two senior citizens. Some of these people were struggling with an illness or disability that caused loss of work and jobs. Some were the working poor struggling hard to make ends meet while earning a low wage. Your purchase of raffle tickets, silent auction bids and purchase of a delicious dinner made all the difference for these fellow Americans turning to us for desperately needed assistance. Thank you for your generous participation in this event. Utilities = $1,807.04 Water: $607.04 + Gas: $400 + Electricity: $800 Thanks to The Geneva Inn, and your generosity, we were able to pay overdue water, gas and electric utilities for senior citizens and the handicapped. Our fellow creations are suffering with disabilities and medical bills. This has caused them to choose between their health care and paying their utilities. God Bless all of you for providing these much needed utilities. Food = $2,390.70 Thanks to The Geneva Inn, and your generosity, many fellow creations will not go hungry. We provided much needed emergency food assistance with gift cards and emergency volunteer food deliveries.

We also provided the W.C. Resource Center and Food Pantry with funds to provide food before Thanksgiving.

Transportation = $2,804.53
We were able to repair two cars for single mothers. These women were desperate to have these repairs completed in order to get to their jobs and drive safely in the coming winter months. Jobs are so hard to come by and attendance is very important to keep the job you have. We also assisted with gas vouchers for many struggling to pay for gas for their cars. The working poor, single mothers and senior citizens are being hit hard by the expense of transportation for work.

Toiletries = $300.90
Again thanks to The Geneva Inn, and all of you toiletries were provided for our fellow creations living without. Toilet paper, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, diapers, feminine hygiene products, are just a few of the daily items we all use. When you have to choose between paying your rent and utilities, or purchasing toiletries, you will choose to do without these necessities. Many of the nearly homeless living in motels do not have the money for these often expensive items.
Grand total: $15,237.17
Often after a fundraiser you never know how the money you contributed was used to help the charity you support. Everyone usually has a wonderful time at the event and then goes home wondering how their bid actually helped the cause. We went right to work after this event to answer the pleas for assistance.
We are also happy to announce we have successfully met the Fox Charities $25,000 Matching Grant challenge. We are busy working to use these funds to provide much needed assistance to as many people as we can. When this is completed we will provide a detailed report showing where every penny was spent to help the poverty stricken.
As we begin the busy holiday season please take the time to reflect on those less fortunate. Take a moment to thank God for your blessings of family and shelter. Material goods will never give the joy that we feel when we provide the most basic needs for our fellow creations in desperate need.
—Health and happiness, God bless everyone, W.C./Sal
Together we make a big difference. Make checks payable to:
The Time Is Now to Help
P.O. Box 1
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
The Time Is Now to Help is a federallyrecognized 501(c)3 charitable organization licensed in Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax deductible, itemized thank you receipt showing how your donation provided assistance.
Thank you
Fox Charities, The Summertime Foundation, Clarence and Marilyn Schawk, Schawk Family Foundation, The Geneva Inn, Kunes Country Auto Group, Matt Stracner, Lake Geneva Area Realty, Lake Geneva Country Meats, Martin Group, John Stensland and Family, Bernard Labovitch, Allen Hermansen, Lakeland Trash Service, Gary Darman Company, Paper Dolls Home Furnishings, Dorothy Heffernan, Mary Kay Ring, Bartz Chiropractic, Darien Community Club, Women of the First English Lutheran Church, Landon Petrie Jr. and Nancy Schwab, Yvonne Mol, Gerald and Joyce Byers, Karen Aasen, George and Barbara Partyka, Walter and Florence Strumpf, Donna Zwolfer, Judith Caputo, Douglas and Janet Muzatko, Mike and Kim Olsen, Tamar Donovan, Susan Watson, Becky Feffer, Douglas Thorp, Barbara Kufalk, Michael Glass, William and Dorothy Tookey, Randall and Deborah Sims, Karin Collamore, Greg Swanson, Steve Thornton, James and Janet Jurik, ITW Foundation, Dorothy Butek, John Poiron, Donald Lightfield, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Hagenah, Donald and Jean Smith, Lauren Grady, Emily De Baere, Melvin and Mildred Boness, William and Jean Isaacson, Louise and Clifford Morris, W.C. Family Resource Center/Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God-loving volunteers of all our caring pantries, 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.

Debra Harry in memory of her mom, Donna Harma. Richard and Virginia Watson in memory of their mother, Duffer Wohl. Beth Rendall in memory of Harold “Mo” Morris. Estelle and Butch Reeder in memory of Sam Fazio.

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