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2016 Accomplishments

  • Served 40 special needs groups. Over 3,300 visitors utilized the Center during the season. Welcomed 10 new special needs groups.
  • 245 volunteers, musicians and students volunteered over 4,300 hours, including collaborations with several area groups.
  • Hosted an event for women in recovery and their families in partnership with Core Essence Yoga.
  • Selected as beneficiary of Schreiber Charity Golf Classic Event, which resulted in a $123,000 donation towards 2017 programming.
  • Expanded programming with donation of musical equipment (Soundplay Amadinda) purchased by the Real Estate Alliance for Charity (REACH WI).
  • Received funding from the Helen Bader Foundation to support programming for older adults in 2016 & 2017.
  • Installed a 40ft bridge over a low area of land, connecting two sections of trail for year round access (completed by a West Bend Boy Scout as his Eagle Scout Project).

2015 Accomplishments

  • Served 35 special needs groups. 3,300 overall visitors utilized the Center during the season. Welcomed 9 new special needs groups.
  • 424 volunteers, musicians and students volunteered over 4,400 hours.
  • Received generous support from both the West Bend Community Foundation and the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Charitable Fund to support operations and programming.
  • Selected as benefiting charity of proceeds from the 2015 TMTC Connections Golf Experience.
  • Collaborated with Callen Construction and other businesses and volunteers to successfully remodel the farm house porch into a year-round office space for staff.
  • Installed arbors at each of the trail-heads around the property (completed by a West Bend Boy Scout as his Eagle Scout Project).
  • Through continued partnerships with MSOE and J3 Engineering, completed the accessible deck on the south side of the pond.
  • As selected benefiting charity, received proceeds from the 2015 TMTC Connections Golf Experience..

2014 Accomplishments

  • Served 30 special needs groups. 3,204 overall visitors utilized the Center during the open season. Welcomed 7 new special needs groups.
  • 244 volunteers, musicians & students volunteered over 3800 hours.
  • Continued relationship with Helen Bader Foundation to support three summer camp days for children with special needs and their caregivers called the Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Days; served over 200 family members (record attendance).
  • Expanded accessible trail system at Blue Lotus through grants received from St Frances Cabrini Parish West Bend and the Noon Rotary West Bend.
  • Hosted 35 youth for a one day volunteer project as part of the inaugural "Camp Super Hero" program through the Volunteer Center of Washington County.
  • Continued partnership with MSOE and J3 Engineering Group, LLC to restore a portion of the accessible deck at the pond; prepared plans for the next phase of expansion.
  • Continued partnership with Funjet Vacations as solo beneficiary of the Funjet Vacations Connections Golf Experience.

2013 Accomplishments

  • Served 31 special needs groups. 3,212 overall visitors utilized the Center during the season.
    Welcomed 11 new special needs groups.
  • 198 volunteers, musicians & students volunteered over 3,600 hours.
  • Grant received from Helen Bader Foundation for three summer camp days for children with special needs and their caregivers called the “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Days”
  • Continued partnership with Funjet Vacations as solo beneficiary of the Funjet Vacations Connections Golf Experience.
  • Collaborated with legendary Al Kooper and notable Milwaukee musicians (including our own Fred Bliffert, Founder & Board President of Blue Lotus) to produce a once-in-a-lifetime benefit concert.
  • Recipient of a new roof for the farm house which was generously funded and completed by the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation.
  • Welcomed a variety of special needs groups as both visitors AND volunteers, including individuals from Elena's House, Hope House, the Milwaukee Center for Independence, Portal, Inc & the special education program at West Bend High School.

2012 Accomplishments

  • Served 26 special needs groups.  2,666 overall visitors utilized the Center during the season.
  • Welcomed 7 new special needs groups.
  • 189 volunteers, musicians & students volunteered over 2,800 hours.
  • Hired the first ever full-time staff person as Program Coordinator/Site Manager.
  • Selected for Cabelas Inaugural Campfire Project and through it received financial support, product donation & volunteer hours from Cabelas employees.
  • 1st time solo recipient of proceeds from the Funjet Vacations Connections Golf Experience.
  • Continued partnership with MSOE for wheelchair accessible deck expansion project.

2011 Accomplishments

  • Served 24 special needs groups. 1,129 overall visitors utilized the Center during the season.
  • Increase in number of days reserved per group, such as Milwaukee Center For Independence from 3 weeks to 4 weeks in 2009, 5 weeks in 2010, to 6 weeks in 2011.
  • 60 Volunteers, musicians and students volunteered over 1,500 hours.
  • Completed three-year MSOE capital improvement work to pier, deck and lagoon.
  • Expanded outreach to new volunteer community groups.
  • Grants received:
    Nonprofit management Fund: Grant monies to facilitate Blue Lotus to succeed on a re-organized level of operations.
    Helen Bader Foundation: Grant monies to increase programming of “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Day”

2010 Accomplishments

  • Served 18 special needs groups. 1,156 overall Visitors utilized the Center during the season.
  • Increase in number of days reserved per group, such as MCFI from 3 weeks to 4 weeks in 2009, to 5 weeks in 2010.
  • 33 Volunteers, musicians and students volunteered over 1,057 hours.
  • Continued partnership with MSOE for Building Projects and Volunteer Work Days. Capital improvements – kayak launch.
  • Continued relationship with Michael, Best & Friedrich volunteer group.
  • Community service groups ie. high school students, church groups, & service groups.

2009 Accomplishments

  • Served 15 special needs groups. 1,129 overall Visitors utilized the Center during the season.
  • Increase in number of days reserved per group, such as MCFI from 3 weeks to 4 weeks in 2009.
  • 46 Volunteers, musicians and students volunteered over 1,525 hours.
  • Continued partnership with MSOE for Building Projects and Volunteer Work Days Upper barn remodel, storage and better access to recreational equipment.
  • Volunteer Group from Michael, Best & Friedrich built raised garden beds.
  • Community service groups ie. high school students, church groups, & service groups.

2008 Accomplishments

  • Served 13 special needs groups. 893 overall Visitors utilized the Center during the season.
  • 48 Volunteers, musicians and students volunteered over 1,515 hours.
  • New pavilion built in 2007 opened and integrated into therapeutic programs.
  • Launched partnership with MSOE for capital improvements to deck.
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