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Johnsonburg > Toy drive benefits kids in need LISA SIMCHICK > Administrative Assistant Johnsonburg Mill


he Johnsonburg Mill’s 2013 toy drive proved to be the best ever. Efforts began earlier than in the previous year and seemed to have paid off as donations by mill employees reached a total of $2,661, well above the record $2,200 raised in 2012!

mill employees doing the shopping. The toys were given to two organizations in the Johnsonburg/Elk County area – Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse and Dickenson Mental Health Center. In addition, Mill management decided to match the amount raised through employee donations and a check for $2,600 was presented to Dickenson Mental Health Center. Thank you to all contributors and we hope that 2014 proves even better! <

The funds were once again used to purchase toys for children in need, with a group of

Left to right: Renee Brechtel, Fiberline utility (one of the toy shoppers), Heidi Thomas of Dickenson Mental Health Center and Grant Forrest, Mill General Manager

Rothschild > Festival of Trees SUSAN HADAWAY > Human Resources Manager Rothschild Mill


ach year the Rothschild Mill participates in the Festival of Trees, a week-long silent auction and raffle for trees, centerpieces, wreaths and other festive decorations that raises funds in support of end-of-life care services. During the event, visitors are offered coffee and cookies while children enjoy activities like Santa’s workshop, coloring and a special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The mill purchases a pre-lit Christmas tree from the Aspirus Health Foundation and employees volunteer as decorators to ‘‘dress it up’’ for this popular community fund-raising event. The decorators are challenged to find just the right decorations and props to bring the theme to life and tempt event patrons to spend big bucks purchasing the tree for their home or business. The 2013 volunteers were Finishing Unit employees Dawn Friske, Liz Tryba and Tracie Alexander, who chose the theme ‘‘Woodland Christmas’’ for their decoration. This annual holiday decorating event raises funds to support Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau, in whose rooms, facilities and gardens are designed to feel more like home and less

like a hospital. The 2013 Festival of Trees raised $167,000 for the music therapy program and two community bedrooms at the facility for patients with limited ability to pay. The Rothschild Mill has been a proud supporter of this event since 2000, when Paula Jenkins, Mary Fandrey, and Cindy Helke entered the first of many beautifully decorated trees. Since then, many volunteer hours and much talent have been contributed every year and our decorators are already planning for our 2014 Festival of Trees entry! < The Rothschild Mill’s 2013 tree decorators were (left to right) Dawn Friske, Liz Tryba and Tracie Alexander.

Resources Magazine Q1 2014  

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