This year’s fundraising will go toward….PLAYGROUND and TRIKE PATH
Rational behind our need: It might look like just child's play, but the early childhood years, children are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination. Each new skill lets them progress to the next one, building on a foundation that leads to more complicated physical tasks; such as jumping rope, kicking a ball on the run, or turning a cartwheel. Young children always want to do more, which can motivate them to keep trying until they acquire a new skill, no matter what it takes. Our goal is to create outdoor learning opportunities that will enrich children’s natural desire to keep moving. Even in these early ages, kids establish patterns of activity that carry through the rest of childhood. So an active child is likely to remain active later.
Our needs are big and so are our hearts. Our MN-licensed facility is open year round to 84 children from Winona and surrounding communities ranging in age from 6 weeks to 3rd grade.
Central Lutheran Church Child Care Center has been serving families within the community since 2002. Please help us to create a safe, healthy, and active playground experience not only for the children and families we serve today, but those families who we will serve tomorrow!
Ready Set School works to ensure that all school children in Winona County have the basic and necessary supplies to begin each school year.
It costs Minnesota families over $600 per child, per year to prepare their children for school. For nearly a third of Winona County families, that's a financial hardship. Ready Set School (RSS) steps in to assist these families purchase school supplies and/or clothing for their children. In the past two school years, RSS has assisted 1,926 students from over 700 families.
Students are qualified to receive assistance from RSS if they meet State of Minnesota Free or Reduced Lunch Guidelines. Students purchase their supplies at participating retailers, so back-to-school dollars stay in our community. Last year, over $45,000 was spent in Winona County.
We believe that to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities, we must be focused and accountable. At the Y, we measure the success of our cause by how well we engage communities in our three areas of focus.
Our Areas of Focus
The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.
• YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
• HEALTHY LIVING: Improving the nation's health and well-being.
• SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
Opportunities for All
The Y is for everyone. Our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, offer ways for families to have fun together, empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind and body, prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. And that's just the beginning.
The WRC of Winona provides emergency safety and confidential crisis support to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. The WRC offers a 24/7 crisis line, 365 days a year. Advocates assist women, men teens and children to secure a safe place and a safe emotional space following a victimization. We also coordinate with law enforcement and the criminal justice system to ensure victim rights in the aftermath of a crime of domestic or sexual assault. We help survivors through their healing and recovery process, from safety planning to support group, including access to resources throughout the community that can help them meet their own unique needs. All services are free and confidential!
Downtown Funk, dancers from Nostallja Studio, are raising funds for NAMI Winona’s education, support and advocacy programs. Every gift helps increase the education, advocacy and support that NAMI Winona can provide, and brings hope for what the future will be like for people who face mental illness. By giving to NAMI Winona, you become part of the help, healing and hope.
National Alliance on Mental Illness is a an affiliate organization of NAMI Minnesota and is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Winona promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities for recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness.
Hospice is a team-oriented program to provide support for those who have a terminal illness. It involves expert medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s/family’s needs and wishes. In addition to medical staff, the hospice team includes a social worker, chaplain and volunteers—all working together to ensure the patient’s needs are being met. Hospice care improves comfort and increases peace of mind for patients and their families.
Winona Area Public Schools has welcomed all learners for 155 years. Changes in education have set milestones in education's history for WAPS and across America's educational landscape. One such change is the fast-growing area of technology. Education budgets are stressed to keep current in this field. With the help of the Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools, annual gala events have helped to raise funds to support SMART Boards and mobile technology. In the forefront of district planning is a learning effort to make 1:1 technology available for each student in our schools, known as TL21--Transforming Learning in the 21st Century.
Dr. Stephen West, Superintendent of Schools, will be participating in Dancing with the Winona Stars to raise dollars for mobile technology, such as Google Chromebooks and Apple iPads, as part of the TL21 district initiative. Dr. West is aiming high to raise funds for this important project. Let's get behind Dr. West to accomplish a technology-rich and relevant learning environment for our K-12 public school students!
Gavin is our happy, sweet, smiley and sassy four year old boy. He was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called Leukodystrophy in December of 2013 after seeing numerous doctors for an abnormal walk and balance issues. Gavin has always had his own unique walk and we thought it was just how he was until we started noticing he would fall frequently and was behind with his gross and fine motor skills for his age group. His pediatric orthopedic surgeon noticed that his walk looked like it could be neurologic and referred us to a pediatric neurologist. After having a brain MRI scan we told the devestating news that Gavin has Leukodystrophy, a progressive degeneration of the white matter of the brain due to absence or imperfect growth of the mylelin sheath, the insulation around nerve fibers. Certain enzymes are responsible for this degeneration. When neurons are exposed they degenerate and that is why Gavin has his own special walk and loses his balance easily. Unfortunately, Leukodystrophy is not cureable and treatment is limited as of now. It is genetic and we had Gavin's blood sent to be looked at to find which genes are defective and two came back disfunctioning. We have repeated his original enzyme blood tests which came back perfectly normal ruling out two specific Leukodystrophys, Metachromatic Leukodystrophy and Adrenoleukodystrophy. So, now we are in a DNA purgatory waiting to find out what Nick's DNA bloodwork comes back as and if Gavin's original enzyme bloodwork was correct.
Gavin has been fitted with AFO braces for his legs to correct his walk and hold his balance. They are decorated with his favorite Superhero Superman, so we nicknamed them his 'superlegs'. He is in preschool that incorporates physical therapy and occupational therapy and takes tumbling and loves to swim with his mom, dad and big sister, Ali (6). He is not losing any motor skills and makes slow progress with others like jumping, walking backwards and walking stairs. We are praying that they will have answers for us soon and have been referred to a white brain matter specialist at National Children's Hospital, Dr. Vanderver, we are planning to see her in August. This has been a long frustrating road for the Quimbys not knowing what an official diagnosis is or what the future holds for Gavin. We are hoping and praying for answers soon.
David Bittner, aka "Mr. Downtown", serves as the Main Street Program Coordinator for the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce. He actively engages and works with downtown business owners, partners, city officials and citizens to drive initiatives and efforts that seek to revitalize, promote and grow Winona's downtown business district. David is a true champion for Winona!
David is used to "dancing" in and around Winona's downtown business scene, but in 2015 he is taking his dancing to a completely new stage - the Dancing With Winona Stars stage! And not only that, David is pulling double-duty - he is dancing to benefit both Winona's Main Street Program and Light Up Winona!
Now, he can't do it alone; Mr. Downtown needs your enthusiastic support! He has a goal of $20,000 and every dollar raised for David's dancing counts as one fan vote, going directly to benefit his two designated causes. Money raised will be split 50/50 between both programs. David is asking for your support. With it, he will indeed be a champion for Winona but he may also become the Champion of Dancing With Winona Stars 2015!
Dancing for: Replacement/maintenance of Winona's downtown lamp decorations & new seasonal decorations for Main Street light posts
Lake Winona Manor is a skilled nursing home providing rehabilitative, traditional long-term and dementia care to 125 residents and their families. Steve Blue, President & CEO, Miller Ingenuity – Steve Blue is dancing to pay for a bus that accommodates 10 to 14 people and wheel chairs. The old bus was constantly under repair and recently had to be retired from service. A low-mileage, previously owned bus was recently purchased but needs to be paid for--so we still need your help! The bus is so important to the residents from Lake Winona Manor, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors, and Senior Living at Watkins as it is often their only means to enjoy enriching experiences in our community.
R.E.A.C.H. (Reach Everyone And Choose Hope) is a local non-profit dedicated to raising funds for child abuse prevention and awareness. In Minnesota, every year an average of 15 children die from abuse, an additional 42 children, on average, endure life-threatening injuries, and thousands more suffer other levels of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, or neglect...most often at the hands of someone they know. The money raised by Dwight Keenan's dancing will be used to bring hope and healing to these children, giving them the opportunity to smile and dance and sing and live the happy, healthy life every child deserves.
Saint Anne of Winona will be dancing for the Saint Anne Foundation’s Charity Care Fund. The Charity Care Fund helps residents whose financial resources have been exhausted.
Saint Anne of Winona is a community that provides comprehensive care for people by addressing their spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs through mutual support, individual attention and group activities.
• Callista Court – assisted living facility
• Ave Maria Place – assisted living memory care
• Saint Anne Extended Healthcare – skilled service facility
• Benedictine Adult Day Center – licensed adult day care program
Saint Anne Rehabilitation Services – inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Saint Anne of Winona has been a part of the Winona community for over fifty years. Saint Anne is part of the Benedictine Health System whose mission is to provide compassionate, quality care with special concern for the underserved and those in need through the core values of Respect, Stewardship, Hospitality and Justice.
The Winona Health Pediatric Department focuses on the prevention, detection and management of health issues that can affect children in various developmental stages. The Pediatrics Department has three full-time healthcare providers: Sarah Lallaman, DO, Emily Tracey, PA-C, and Kristi Schulte, PA-C, who help our pediatric population, birth to age 21, develop healthy lifestyles. The department cares for over 7,250 children in the Winona Health Clinic and tends to approximately 350 births each year.
Project FINE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate the integration of people who are ethnically diverse. They provide opportunities for education, information, referral, and empowerment for immigrants and refugees. Working in collaboration with other organizations, businesses and service providers, Project FINE provides opportunities for newcomers to build a life in our region and become successful, contributing members of our community.
Funds raised through Dancing With Winona Stars will support the Project FINE College Education Connection Scholarship, which provides support for youth from immigrant and refugee families who are pursuing post-secondary education. The scholarship fund began in 2009 and has provided financial support to 24 local students to help them pursue their academic goals.