July Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 06 Aug 2019 | No Comments

We are so appreciative of the committee members volunteering their time and efforts to help make the first year of Dragons on the Rock a successful one! These committees have been instrumental in the planning of the festival offerings and logistics. 

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Cost Saving Employee Suggestion Program

Posted on : 06 Aug 2019 | No Comments

KANDU staff were recently invited to offer cost and time saving suggestions in an effort to improve efficiencies throughout the organization. 39 submissions were received and each entered into a drawing for Warbirds Airshow wristbands. Congratulations to Annette E. and Wyatt B. in Production, David D. in the Adel Kitchen, Kitty R. in Accounting and […]

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An Independence Day Poem

Posted on : 06 Aug 2019 | No Comments

On Monday, July 1st, KANDU’s Increased Support Program discussed patriotism, the flag, the 4th and wrote one of their famous collaborative poems. Happy Birthday USA!Let’s celebrate this special day. See the parade with floats and bands,For the flag, hearts are covered with hands.Firetruck, Cub Scout, baton and bikeA parade’s full of the things we like. […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame Appreciation Event

Posted on : 06 Aug 2019 | No Comments

KANDU’s annual Take Me Out to the Ballgame appreciation event, featuring a tailgating party and Beloit Snappers baseball game, was cancelled due to the excessive heat. It is important to us to show our appreciation for the generosity and support given by our donors, volunteers, sponsors, board members, staff and large customers, so complimentary tickets […]

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Thank You, 2nd Quarter Donors

Posted on : 24 Jul 2019 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our generous supporters who donated during the months of April, May and June. 1901 Inc. ABC Supply Roscoe Agrace HospiceCare American Aluminum Extrusion Company, LLC American Construction Metals Troy & Irene Anderson Angus-Young Associates Anonymous (x21) Larry Arft Associated Bank Janesville Brad Austin Milly Babcock Baker Tilly Edie […]

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June Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 01 Jul 2019 | No Comments

Thank you, Party at The Pitts volunteers, for helping to make this event a huge success.

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A Big “Thank You”

Posted on : 01 Jul 2019 | No Comments

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dialogue about section 14 (c). The A-Team recently learned from the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that this was the most interactive and responsive dialogue that DOL and ODEP have ever experienced! Over 2000 comments were recorded, and emails/phone calls […]

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“See You Later, Gary!”

Posted on : 01 Jul 2019 | No Comments

During his last few days at KANDU, clients and staff at both locations showed their appreciation to Gary Bersell for his 13 years of dedicated service as Executive Director. Several clients shared memories, songs and heartfelt farewells amongst the group and presented a collective gift, a copper wind spinner, as a reminder of his many […]

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Party at The Pitts 2019

Posted on : 01 Jul 2019 | No Comments

For the 10th consecutive year, KANDU presented Party at The Pitts, a renowned annual fundraising event at Diane Hendricks’ beautiful estate. During the day, guests participated in various outdoor activities including fishing, archery, clay shooting and golf. Participants who demonstrated top skills in each sport were announced and awarded prizes that evening after dinner. A […]

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A-Team ALL STAR Award

Posted on : 01 Jul 2019 | No Comments

The A-Team is proudly presenting their first ever A-Team ALL STAR award on Friday, June 28th at Opportunities, Inc. in Ft. Atkinson. The A-Team started in Wisconsin to unite persons with diverse abilities and their families to advocate in a grassroots effort, create awareness in the community, and advise those who care for our citizens […]

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Gary’s Retirement Party

Posted on : 03 Jun 2019 | No Comments

On Sunday, June 30th, a retirement party for Gary Bersell will be held at The Armory from 2-5pm. Gary has served as Executive Director for 13 years, achieving remarkable success in serving KANDU’s clients and the community, all while fostering sustained organizational growth. Donations can be made to the Gary Bersell Advised Fund, an allocation […]

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Client Bowling Party

Posted on : 03 Jun 2019 | No Comments

On Wednesday, May 1st, KANDU clients, staff, caregivers and volunteers participated in an after work bowling party at Janesville’s RiversEdge Bowl. 55 clients enjoyed some friendly competition and socializing with their friends outside of typical work hours. As usual, clients wowed spectators with, not only the impressive display of bowling skills, but the encouragement and […]

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KANDU at the 60Plus Expo

Posted on : 02 May 2019 | No Comments

Thursday, May 9th, the Gazette and Bliss Communications present the 16th Annual 60Plus Expo at Holiday Inn Express Janesville Conference Center. From 8am to 2pm, this event for active seniors features seminars, health screenings, demonstrations, entertainment and more! Along with sponsoring the event, KANDU will offer an exhibition booth featuring information regarding our Day Services/Memory […]

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Dragons on the Rock Discounted Registration Extended

Posted on : 02 May 2019 | No Comments

Discounted early registration for Dragons on the Rock boat teams has been extended to July 3rd. The dragon boat race and community festival, slated for Saturday, September 14th at Traxler Park, will feature teams of 21, paddling to the rhythm of one drummer, all in one boat. Teams will compete in heats throughout the day […]

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A-Team National Day for Choice

Posted on : 02 May 2019 | No Comments

“It is time to voice our choice!” This is what thousands of individuals with disabilities and their families, known as the A-Team, proclaimed on the second annual National Day for Choice on Tuesday, April 16th. advocating for the right to choose where they work, live and engage in the community; not where government agencies direct […]

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April Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 01 May 2019 | No Comments

Thank you, Dottie Reitzel, for contributing your time and energy to our Senior Dining Programs!

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Thank You, 1st Quarter Donors!

Posted on : 29 Apr 2019 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our generous donors who contributed to our mission during the months of January, February and March. Advanced Bodywork CenterAllan W. Adams Family TrustBrian AndersonWilliam AndersonAnonymous (x4)Ruth ArmstrongAsphalt Maintenance SystemsAway From The World MassageAxley Law FirmBall CorporationMelissa BeckerBelfry Music TheatreBellaLisa Skin and Body StudioBellasazi SpaBeloit SnappersBlackhawk BankBlackhawk Community Credit […]

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March Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 01 Apr 2019 | No Comments

Thank you, Fish Fry volunteers, for making these events successful!

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Sign Up for Round Ups, Enter to Win

Posted on : 01 Apr 2019 | No Comments

Sign up for KANDU Round Ups and be entered to win Plantronics Backbeat Fit Wireless Headphones or two tickets to KANDU’S Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet. Round Ups is a new way to support our mission, just a few cents at a time! Sign up with your debit or credit card and whenever you make […]

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Qualified Charitable Distributions

Posted on : 01 Apr 2019 | No Comments

Did you know that if you are age 70½ or older, you are eligible for a tax break when donating up to $100,000 to a charity directly from a traditional IRA? When planning your IRA withdrawal strategy, you may want to consider making charitable donations through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). A QCD is a […]

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GBCC Annual Dinner

Posted on : 01 Apr 2019 | No Comments

KANDU/Best Events were proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce 92nd Annual Dinner on March 12th. Best Events dazzled guests with custom, elegant yet contemporary room décor and table designs, along with a mouthwatering dinner. It was an honor to be a part of this esteemed community event and […]

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Honoring Executive Director Gary Bersell

Posted on : 01 Apr 2019 | No Comments

During the March 13th KANDU Endowment Board meeting, a motion was passed to appropriate $25,000 of the endowment fund to a “Gary Bersell Advised Fund”, of which Gary will have input on the use and disbursement. The fund appropriation is a tribute to Gary’s years as KANDU’s Executive Director. He is slated to retire in […]

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Congressman Bryan Steil Visits KANDU

Posted on : 01 Apr 2019 | No Comments

On Wednesday, March 20th, Mr. Steil and a member of his staff met with KANDU’s management team to discuss important issues relevant to KANDU and individuals we serve. Bryan learned about KANDU’s various programs, history, funding, and growth over the years. Topics included various political bills that, if passed, would impact agencies like KANDU. The […]

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February Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 12 Mar 2019 | No Comments

Thank you to our fabulous Grapes & Hops Celebrity Pourers for contributing your time and energies to make this event such a success!

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Dragons on the Rock Early Registration

Posted on : 12 Mar 2019 | No Comments

Discounted early registration for Janesville’s first dragon boat racing competition, Dragons on the Rock, is available until May 1st. Boat teams include a minimum of 21 members: 20 rowers and one drummer, with 3-4 extra rowers recommended as alternates. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided, as well as experienced personnel to steer […]

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Grapes & Hops 2019

Posted on : 12 Mar 2019 | No Comments

KANDU’s Grapes & Hops proved to be another phenomenal success at The Armory. On February 15th, local Celebrity Pourers served samples of over 40 varieties of wine and beer, all competing for the coveted title of “People’s Choice Pourer,” an honor reserved for the guests’ favorite Celebrity team. Themed booth designs showcased each team’s creativity, […]

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KANDU announces the Retirement of Executive Director, Mr. Gary Bersell

Posted on : 26 Feb 2019 | No Comments

KANDU’s Executive Director, Gary Bersell will retire effective June 30, 2019. Bersell, a beloved community leader, has served as KANDU’s executive director since 2007. KANDU has benefitted immensely from Bersell’s remarkable dedication, wisdom, and leadership. Throughout his tenure as KANDU’s Executive Director, Bersell achieved remarkable success in serving KANDU’s clients and the community while simultaneously […]

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January Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 04 Feb 2019 | No Comments

Thank you, Bobbi Lee, for contributing your time, energy and housekeeping expertise!

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KANDU Fish Fry & More!

Posted on : 04 Feb 2019 | No Comments

KANDU’s two popular fish fry events return Friday, March 8th and Friday, March 22nd from 5:00 to 7:30pm at The Armory. This all-you-can-eat buffet features Best Events’ famous beer-battered cod, along with several additional entrée options. A delicious selection of sides and salads are also available, along with included beverages. Desserts and cash bar will […]

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Spring Evening Bridal Expo

Posted on : 04 Feb 2019 | No Comments

On Thursday, March 7th, Best Events presents the Spring Bridal Expo at the Pontiac Convention Center. Brides, grooms and their loved ones are invited to visit with a wide array of local wedding vendors, providing the opportunity to plan the perfect event… All in one place! Guests can sample complimentary wine, beer and appetizers, as […]

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Christmas CommuniTree Winners

Posted on : 04 Feb 2019 | No Comments

The winners of Pontiac Convention Center’s Christmas CommuniTree Competition & Show have been chosen! Local businesses, organizations and groups set up and decorated trees to promote their mission and creativity to the public. The trees were available for public viewing December 3rd through the 21st and visitors were asked to vote for their favorites. Congratulations […]

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Community Employment Celebrates Grant and a Successful 2018

Posted on : 04 Feb 2019 | No Comments

KANDU is excited to have been chosen as a recipient by the Forward Janesville’s Ambassador Grant Program. The grant will be used to purchase Boardmaker, a program that utilizes a collection of standardized pictures and symbols for communication with individuals who are stronger visual learners. This software will open avenues to communication for clients participating […]

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A Well-Deserved Honor

Posted on : 04 Feb 2019 | No Comments

KANDU Executive Director Gary Bersell was honored with Forward Janesville’s Diversity Award during their annual Awards Luncheon on January 24th. Following a gracious acceptance speech, Gary received a standing ovation from an audience of over 500 community members, thanking him for his dedicated career with the Janesville School District Special Education program, along with his […]

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Thank You, 4th Quarter Donors!

Posted on : 31 Jan 2019 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our generous donors who contributed to our mission during the months of October, November and December. Also, thank you to those who showed your support during Giving Tuesday. If you would like a letter for tax purposes, contact us at (608) 755-4123 x751. Alliant Energy FoundationAlt Financial Services, Inc.Joanne […]

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December Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 07 Jan 2019 | No Comments

Thank you, Santa, for volunteering your time to spread Christmas cheer!

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Grapes & Hops 2019

Posted on : 07 Jan 2019 | No Comments

Preparations are well underway for KANDU’s popular celebration of wine and beer, Grapes & Hops. Set for Friday, February 15th, this annual tasting event features local celebrity pourers, delectable food pairings and live music at The Armory. Over 40 varieties of wine and beer will be available to sample, including local specialties from Gray Brewing […]

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Introducing KANDU Round-Ups

Posted on : 07 Jan 2019 | No Comments

KANDU is introducing a new way to support our mission, just a few cents at a time! Sign up with your debit or credit card and whenever you make a purchase, the total is rounded up to the nearest dollar and the difference is donated to KANDU! You can even choose to set a limit […]

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Congratulations Gary!

Posted on : 07 Jan 2019 | No Comments

KANDU Executive Director Gary Bersell will be honored during Forward Janesville’s Annual Awards Banquet. JoLynn from Forward Janesville surprised Gary during the bi-weekly Administrative Team meeting with the news: On January 24th, Gary will receive the Diversity Award for his work with KANDU and within the community focused on diversity and servant leadership. The award […]

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A Happy Holiday Celebration

Posted on : 07 Jan 2019 | No Comments

KANDU clients and staff celebrated the holiday season with food and fun on Friday, December 21st. Staff served lunch to clients at both Adel Street and Barberry Drive locations prepared by Best Events… a delicious holiday feast, fit for Mr. Claus himself. Each client also received a gift card as a Christmas gift. KANDU and Best […]

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November Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 04 Dec 2018 | No Comments

Thank you, Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet volunteers, for making this delicious event a success!

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Fish Fry and Harvest Buffet

Posted on : 04 Dec 2018 | No Comments

KANDU recently held two successful Fish Fry and Harvest Buffet events at The Armory. Both October and November events featured beer-battered and baked cod, along with an array of additional seasonal entrees and sides. In honor of Veteran’s Day, all who have served in the U.S. military received complimentary meals during the November 9th event. […]

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Gray’s Adult Turkey Egg Hunt

Posted on : 03 Dec 2018 | No Comments

On Wednesday, November 21st, Gray Brewing Co. hosted an adult turkey egg hunt at their Janesville brewery with proceeds benefiting KANDU’s Community Employment Program. For every beer purchased, participants received the chance to hunt for one prize egg. Prizes included brewery tour certificates, brewery merchandise,drink chips, coupons and a grand prize of a Gray Brewery […]

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Giving Thanks

Posted on : 03 Dec 2018 | No Comments

In appreciation for the daily contributions of all KANDU clients and employees, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner was served during lunch on Wednesday, November 21st. Many clients and staff enjoyed a delicious, turkey dinner with all of the fixings and dessert prepared by Best Events. Meals were provided at both Adel Street and Barberry Drive locations. […]

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October Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 02 Nov 2018 | No Comments

Thank you, Dragon Dancers, for carrying our dragon around the Forward Janesville Business Expo!

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Dragons On The Rock Event Unveiled at Forward Janesville Business Expo

Posted on : 02 Nov 2018 | No Comments

KANDU introduced Dragons on the Rock, a new community event, at the October 18th Forward Janesville Business Expo. Booth visitors had the opportunity to pose for photos behind a dragon boat cutout and speak with KANDU’s marketing team about the event, coming to Traxler Park on September 14th, 2019. An authentic Chinese dragon could even […]

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YWCA Honors Rod Oksuita and Best Events

Posted on : 02 Nov 2018 | No Comments

On October 11th, Catering Director Rod Oksuita and Best Events were honored with the Spirit of Giving Award at the YWCA Circle of Women event. This award is given every two years and recognizes an individual/family/company that support the mission of the YWCA and shows generous contribution of service, time and support that inspires others […]

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Gary Bersell Receives A-Team Advocacy Award

Posted on : 02 Nov 2018 | No Comments

On Wednesday, October 24th, A-Team Wisconsin visited KANDU to educate members and advocates about the importance of voting and to honor KANDU Executive Director, Gary Bersell, with the Advocacy Award. This traveling trophy is awarded every 6 months by Disability Services Providers Network and presented by A-Team to individuals who have excelled in the area […]

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Client Halloween Party

Posted on : 02 Nov 2018 | No Comments

On Friday, October 26th, KANDU clients, staff and caregivers danced the night away during the annual Halloween party. Everyone in attendance had a “spooktacular” time showing off their costumes and guessing the identities of those behind masks. Best Events transformed the banquet hall with ghoulish décor and provided tasty treats. Activities included costume contests and […]

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Thank You, 3rd Quarter Donors!

Posted on : 29 Oct 2018 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our generous donors who contributed to our mission during the months of July, August and September:       ABC Supply Roscoe Brian Anderson Anonymous betterMD Inc. Blonhaven Hunt Club Bodacious Shops of Block 42 Sarah Boyd Doug Buchman Bud Weiser Motors Gregg Burmeister Amy Cernicky Judy Criswell […]

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September Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 08 Oct 2018 | No Comments

Thank you, Kerry Foodservice, for choosing to volunteer for KANDU during United Way’s Day of Caring and helping us assemble our annual appeal mailings!

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Rock County Senior Fair

Posted on : 08 Oct 2018 | No Comments

On September 14th, KANDU participated in the 2018 Rock County Senior Fair at Janesville’s Holiday Inn Express. Participants had access to over 80 local agency and business booths, as well as health screenings, immunizations and free workshops. Executive Director, Gary Bersell and Development Specialist, Kristin Larson presented a booth for KANDU’s Day Services/Memory Care Program […]

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United Way’s Day of Caring

Posted on : 08 Oct 2018 | No Comments

On Wednesday, September 19th, Kerry Foodservice participated in United Way’s Day of Caring by choosing to support KANDU’s mission. Six employees from Kerry volunteered, assisting the Marketing/Fund Development department with assembling the annual appeal mailing. Not only did these enthusiastic volunteers finish compiling and stuffing everything given to them, but stayed hours past the scheduled […]

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted on : 08 Oct 2018 | No Comments

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, spreading awareness about disability employment issues and celebrating the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each […]

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Family Fun Day

Posted on : 08 Oct 2018 | No Comments

Everyone had a great time at KANDU’s annual Family Fun Day event on Sunday, September 30th at the Best Events Banquet Hall. Clients, staff, board members and their families participated in an afternoon of games, activities and food. Prizes were awarded to game winners and raffle drawings were available throughout the afternoon. Best Events provided […]

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August Volunteers of the Month

Posted on : 04 Sep 2018 | No Comments

Thank you, Boardtracker Bike Night volunteers, for contributing your time and energy to this fun event!

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Mark Knuckles Follow Up

Posted on : 04 Sep 2018 | No Comments

In November, contributions to KANDU’s Endowment Fund allowed for valuable training from Mark Knuckles Associates to work with staff on staying up-to-date with compliance. During August’s follow up visit, Knuckles commended KANDU for the continued quality of support offered to our clients and was impressed by the quantity of work available. Thank you to Shani […]

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Getting to Know Nurse Cindy

Posted on : 04 Sep 2018 | No Comments

Cindy Lewis recently joined our KANDU family in August as a Nurse/Program Manager. Formerly with HealthNet of Rock County for 9 years, she filled various roles besides nurse whenever needed, including receptionist, educator and helping in the pharmacy. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband of 37 years, grown children and […]

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KANDU Family Fun Day Scheduled

Posted on : 04 Sep 2018 | No Comments

KANDU’s Family Fun Day has been scheduled for Sunday, September 30th. Staff, clients and board members will receive more information soon.

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Texas Roadhouse Dine to Donate Fundraiser

Posted on : 04 Sep 2018 | No Comments

On Thursday, September 13th, Janesville’s Texas Roadhouse will host a Dine to Donate Night for KANDU. From 4-10pm, customers who present the event flyer (click here) to their server, either in print or on their smartphone, allow 10% of the bill to benefit KANDU’s mission. Click here to follow this event on Facebook.

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Boardtracker Bike Night for KANDU

Posted on : 04 Sep 2018 | No Comments

On Tuesday, August 14th, Janesville’s Boardtracker Harley-Davidson generously hosted a Bike Night to benefit KANDU. Guests were invited to bring their motorcycles and hot rods out to the free event featuring live music by Heavy Petting, food from BOXCARS Pub & Grub and a beer garden, along with item and 50/50 raffles. Thank you, Boardtracker, […]

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Thank you, 2nd Quarter Donors!

Posted on : 23 Aug 2018 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our generous donors who contributed to our mission during the months of April, May and June:   1901 Inc. Advance America Cash Advance Shannon Ahrens ABC Supply Co., Inc. American Aluminum Extrusion Company, LLC Brian Anderson ANGI Energy Systems Angus-Young Associates Anonymous (x7) Associated Bank Janesville Rachell Atchinson […]

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July Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 06 Aug 2018 | No Comments

Thank you, Bryan Menz, for donating your time and expertise to help build our “KANDU Rocks” raffle fundraiser board!

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Flower Power

Posted on : 06 Aug 2018 | No Comments

The following poem was written collaboratively by clients participating in KANDU’s Increased Support Program. Flowers make us feel very happy! Now we don’t mean to sound sappy. But the power of a pretty flower Demands a healthy rain shower. Add sunshine and a rainbow we’ll get So grow a rose, lily or a violet. All […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame Appreciation Event

Posted on : 06 Aug 2018 | No Comments

On Friday, July 20th, the annual KANDU Take Me Out to the Ballgame Appreciation Event was cancelled due to rainy weather conditions. Guests who were previously signed up to attend the event were still eligible for tickets to that night’s game or any future Snappers game. If you RSVP’d and have yet to get your […]

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Family Fun Day Rescheduled

Posted on : 06 Aug 2018 | No Comments

EVENT UPDATE! KANDU’s August 19th Family Fun Day is being rescheduled for sometime in September. Staff, clients and board members will be notified once the date is confirmed.

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Boardtracker Bike Night for KANDU

Posted on : 06 Aug 2018 | No Comments

On Tuesday, August 14th, Boardtracker Harley-Davidson invites bikers, hot rod enthusiasts and everyone else to a Bike Night with bar proceeds to benefit KANDU. From 5-9PM, this fun event features a beer garden, item and 50/50 raffles, food by BOXCARS Pub & Grub and live rock music from Heavy Petting. Admission is free and guests […]

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Nurse Holly Retires

Posted on : 06 Aug 2018 | No Comments

After 32 years, KANDU’s beloved longtime nurse, Holly Clark, is retiring. On July 30th, clients and staff said “see you later” with retirement celebrations and thoughtful handmade gifts while sharing loving memories and stories from the past three decades. Holly is KANDU’s second longest employed staff member, hired only one month after Catering Director, Rod […]

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June Volunteer of the Month

Posted on : 05 Jul 2018 | No Comments

Thank you, Party at The Pitts volunteers, for helping make this event such a success!

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An Important Bill Needs More Support!

Posted on : 05 Jul 2018 | No Comments

On Monday, June 11th, members of A-Team Wisconsin traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for support of bill #5658 authored by Congressman Grothman, serving in Wisconsin’s 6th District. 13 client workers from KANDU wrote letters to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Senator Ron Johnson asking them to co-sponsor bill #5658, titled “Workplace Choice […]

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Lt. Governor Kleefisch Tours KANDU

Posted on : 05 Jul 2018 | No Comments

On Wednesday, June 20th, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch visited KANDU to discuss the A-Team’s “My Work. My Choice,” movement. She toured the Adel Street location to see and hear why this topic is so important to KANDU and individuals with developmental disabilities. She had the opportunity to talk first hand with clients who shared their […]

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Party at The Pitts

Posted on : 05 Jul 2018 | No Comments

For the 9th consecutive year, KANDU presented Party at The Pitts, a renowned annual fundraising event at Diane Hendricks’ beautiful estate. During the day, guests participated in various outdoor activities including fishing, archery, clay shooting and golf. Participants who demonstrated top skills in each sport were announced and awarded prizes that evening after dinner. During […]

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KANDU 5K Run, Walk & Roll

Posted on : 01 Jun 2018 | No Comments

On Saturday, May 12th, KANDU held the second annual 5K Run, Walk & Roll: A Race Without Limits. Participants of all ages and abilities met in KANDU’s Adel Street location parking lot to celebrate healthy living and run, walk or roll up to 5 kilometers. Leading up to the event, KANDU clients participated in a […]

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Client Bowling Party

Posted on : 01 Jun 2018 | No Comments

On Wednesday, May 16th, KANDU clients, staff, caregivers and volunteers participated in an after work bowling party at Janesville’s RiversEdge Bowl. 75 clients enjoyed some friendly competition and socializing with their friends outside of typical work hours. As usual, clients wowed spectators with their impressive bowling skills! A very special thank you to KANDU’s dedicated […]

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Federal Legislation for Choice is Here and Your Voice Matters!

Posted on : 01 Jun 2018 | No Comments

Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI-06) recently introduced the Workplace Choice and Flexibility for Individuals with Disabilities Act (H.R. 5658). This bill will restore common sense to the definition of competitive integrated employment and provide increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities. People with disabilities across the country have been denied placements in high-paying jobs because of […]

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Aktion Club Presents iPad to Local Student with Autism

Posted on : 01 Jun 2018 | No Comments

On May 1st, the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Janesville presented local student, James Boehlen, with an iPad and a gift card to purchase software that aids in communication for children with Autism. This donation was part of the Wisconsin Upper Michigan Kiwanis 5-year signature Autism Project that provides iPads and funding for children on the […]

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KANDU at the 60Plus Expo

Posted on : 01 May 2018 | No Comments

Thursday, May 10th, the Gazette and Bliss Communications present the 16th Annual 60Plus Expo at Holiday Inn Express Janesville Conference Center. From 8am to 2pm, this event for active seniors features seminars, health screenings, demonstrations, entertainment and more! Along with sponsoring the event, KANDU will offer an exhibition booth featuring information regarding our Day Services/Memory […]

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KANDU Client Wellness Program

Posted on : 01 May 2018 | No Comments

On April 2nd, clients at both KANDU locations began a 6-week wellness program promoting healthy eating habits, exercise and relationship building. Each week, those who choose to participate receive a booklet allowing them to easily track their healthy choices including fruit and vegetable consumption, water intake, physical activity and acts of kindness. The completed booklets […]

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A National Day for Choice

Posted on : 01 May 2018 | No Comments

On Tuesday, April 24th, KANDU participated in celebrating the first annual National Day for Choice, advocating workplace choice for individuals with disabilities. We were honored to have visitors from Wisconsin’s A-Team, along with Representative Debra Kolste and FOX6 veteran sportscaster Tom Pipines, to speak about the importance of the day and everyone’s right to choose […]

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Thank You, 1st Quarter Donors

Posted on : 16 Apr 2018 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our generous donors who contributed to our mission during the months of January, February and March. Agrace HospiceCare Alliant Energy AmazonSmile ANGI Energy Systems Anonymous (x2) Badger Spirits Amber Becher Mary Becher Beloit Snappers Melissa Benson Gary Bersell Blackhawk Bank Blackhawk Community Credit Union Randy Borowski Sarah Boyd […]

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KANDU 5K

Posted on : 03 Apr 2018 | No Comments

Registration is now available for the KANDU 5K Run, Walk & Roll: A Race Without Limits. On Saturday, May 12th, KANDU presents the second annual community run/walk/roll event for everyone. The race begins in KANDU’s parking lot at 9:00am, with registration starting at 8:00. Everyone is encouraged to participate: from seniors and wheelchair users, to […]

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Mother’s Day Brunch at The Armory

Posted on : 03 Apr 2018 | No Comments

Treat the special mom(s) in your life to a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at The Armory! On Sunday, May 13th, this annual event features a wide variety of breakfast and lunch buffet options prepared by Best Events, including a made-to-order omelet station, applewood smoked bacon wrapped turkey breast with cranberry chimichurri, sliced ribeye with espelette […]

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Aktion Club Member Speaker

Posted on : 03 Apr 2018 | No Comments

KANDU client and Aktion Club member, Patrick M, spoke during Janesville’s Noon Kiwanis meeting on March 1st. Patrick gave a wonderful speech describing the positive impact Janesville’s Aktion Club has had on both our community and the members involved. This speaking opportunity provided some practice for his upcoming speech at the following weekend’s 55th Annual […]

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A-Team: A Day for Choice

Posted on : 03 Apr 2018 | No Comments

On March 21st, seven advocates from KANDU traveled to the state Capitol to meet with legislators regarding workplace choice. They were welcomed by Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, who gave a well-received address to the group of over 100 A-Team advocates from around the state. She spoke of each person’s unalienable rights given to them by the […]

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Easter Brunch at The Armory

Posted on : 08 Mar 2018 | No Comments

Come enjoy a mouthwatering Easter Brunch at The Armory on Sunday, April 1st. This annual event features a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options prepared by Best Events. Click here to view the complete menu and to follow the event on Facebook. Reservations are available for two separate seatings: 9:30am-11:00am and 11:30am-1:00pm. Admission is […]

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Art Gallery Grand Opening

Posted on : 08 Mar 2018 | No Comments

On Thursday, February 1st, KANDU celebrated the grand opening of the Client Art Gallery. Guests were treated to a guided tour of the space, admiring numerous works of art created by KANDU clients. Many such works were created with the guidance of a group of volunteers, led by Lois Allen (pictured above, left), affectionately referred […]

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Grapes & Hops 2018

Posted on : 08 Mar 2018 | No Comments

KANDU’s Grapes & Hops proved to be a phenomenal success once again at The Armory. On February 16th, local Celebrity Pourers served samples of over 40 varieties of wine and beer, all competing for the coveted title of “People’s Choice Pourer,” an honor reserved for the guests’ favorite Celebrity team. Themed booth designs showcased each […]

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Chipotle Fundraiser

Posted on : 31 Jan 2018 | No Comments

On January 18th, Janesville’s Chipotle held a fundraiser to benefit KANDU. From 4-8pm, customers who mentioned KANDU upon purchase were eligible to contribute 50% of their bill to support our mission. We were very pleased by the turn out and would like to thank Janesville’s Chipotle for this generous opportunity!

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Fish Fry & More!

Posted on : 31 Jan 2018 | No Comments

KANDU’s two popular fish fry events return Friday, March 9th and Friday, March 23rd from 5:00 to 7:30pm at The Armory. This all-you-can-eat buffet features Best Events’ famous beer-battered cod, along with several additional entrée options. A delicious selection of sides and salads are also available, along with included beverages. Desserts and cash bar will […]

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Spring Bridal Expo

Posted on : 31 Jan 2018 | No Comments

On Thursday, March 1st, Best Events presents the Spring Bridal Expo at the Pontiac Convention Center. Brides, grooms and their loved ones are invited to visit with a wide array of local wedding vendors, providing the opportunity to plan the perfect event… All in one place! Guests can sample complimentary wine, beer and appetizers, as […]

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Advocacy in Action

Posted on : 31 Jan 2018 | No Comments

On Wednesday, January 10th, Julie Smith, KANDU Program Director, two KANDU client workers and a KANDU Board Member/Parent traveled to Madison for hearings by both the Senate and Assembly on a bill called Employment First. Although the bill heavily stresses Competitive Integrated Employment, through the efforts of the A TEAM, language was added to also […]

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Thank You, 4th Quarter Donors!

Posted on : 22 Jan 2018 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our wonderful donors who contributed to our mission during the months of October, November and December.     4imprint Aging and Disability Resource Center of Rock County Alliant Energy Foundation Alt Financial Services, Inc. Joanne Anderson Anonymous (x9) Jean Austin Susan and Scott Barker Bjoin Limestone Inc. Blackhawk […]

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Grapes & Hops 2018

Posted on : 02 Jan 2018 | No Comments

Preparations are well underway for KANDU’s popular celebration of wine and beer, Grapes & Hops. Set for Friday, February 16th, this annual tasting event features local celebrity pourers, delectable food pairings and beautiful live music at The Armory. Guests will have the opportunity to learn proper tasting techniques from professionals Alice Blue and Mark Miller […]

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Chipotle Night for KANDU

Posted on : 02 Jan 2018 | No Comments

Eat at Janesville’s Chipotle on Thursday, January 18th from 4-8pm and KANDU receives 50% of your total purchase. Simply tell your cashier you’re there supporting KANDU!

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KANDU Receives $3,000 Grant

Posted on : 02 Jan 2018 | No Comments

In November, KANDU was honored to receive a Community Grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation. The $3,000 grant will support KANDU’s Community Employment Program. KANDU’s Community Employment Program connects with area businesses to match employment opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment. Employees are trained on-site and professionally monitored by KANDU, all while working within […]

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A Holiday Celebration

Posted on : 02 Jan 2018 | No Comments

KANDU clients and staff celebrated the holiday season with food and fun on Thursday, December 21st. Staff served lunch to clients at both Adel Street and Barberry Drive locations. Best Events prepared the delicious holiday feast, fit for Mr. Claus himself. Speaking of Santa… He happened to find time in his busy schedule to drop […]

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Giving Thanks

Posted on : 30 Nov 2017 | No Comments

In appreciation for the daily contributions of all KANDU clients and employees, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner was served during lunch on Wednesday, November 22nd. Many clients and staff enjoyed a delicious, turkey dinner with all of the fixings and dessert prepared by Best Events. Meals were provided at both Adel Street and Barberry Drive locations. […]

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Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet

Posted on : 30 Nov 2017 | No Comments

KANDU recently held two successful Fish Fry and Harvest Buffet events at The Armory. Both October and November events featured beer-battered and baked cod, along with an array of additional seasonal entrees and sides. In honor of Veteran’s Day, all who have served in the U.S. military received complimentary meals during the November 10th event. […]

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Shop with Amazon, Support KANDU!

Posted on : 30 Nov 2017 | No Comments

This holiday season, you can support KANDU when shopping on online! AmazonSmile provides the same selection, prices and overall shopping experience as Amazon, with the added bonus of 0.5% of each purchase benefitting KANDU. To sign up, visit http://smile.amazon.com and enter the few, required details. Choose KANDU Industries as your charity to support and start […]

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The Christmas CommuniTree Competition & Show

Posted on : 30 Oct 2017 | No Comments

Back by popular demand, Best Events and KANDU present The Christmas CommuniTree Competition & Show. Businesses, organizations, clubs and groups are invited to provide and decorate their own tree for display throughout the lobby and banquet areas of the Pontiac Convention Center. Completed trees will then be voted on by the public, based on most […]

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Congratulations to Our Award-Winning Chef!

Posted on : 30 Oct 2017 | No Comments

Congratulations to Best Events Executive Chef Chris Gebhardt for earning the two top awards during the YWCA’s Cookin’ for a Cause fundraising event at the Janesville Country Club. On October 12th, Chef Gebhardt received accolades for “Best Food Item,” as well as the “People’s Choice” award for his bleu cheese and basil infused grits with […]

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KANDU’s Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet

Posted on : 30 Oct 2017 | No Comments

Join us as we celebrate or nation’s veterans during the last Fish Fry event of the year. KANDU will honor Veteran’s Day with FREE meals for veterans during November 10th’s Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet at The Armory. From 5:00 to 7:30pm, this all-you-can-eat buffet features Best Events’ famous beer-battered cod, along with six additional […]

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A Halloween Dance Party

Posted on : 30 Oct 2017 | No Comments

On Friday, October 20th, KANDU clients, staff and caregivers danced the night away during the annual Halloween party. Everyone in attendance had a “spooktacular” time showing off their costumes and guessing the identities of those behind masks. Best Events transformed the banquet hall with ghoulish décor and provided tasty treats. Activities included costume contests and […]

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Thank You, 3rd Quarter Donors!

Posted on : 09 Oct 2017 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our wonderful donors who contributed to our mission during the months of July, August and September. Adecco Anonymous Blackhawk Transport, Inc. Boardtracker Harley Davidson Brothers Main Appliance & TV Lisa Buggs Chipotle Mexican Grill Cheryl Donovan Doug Stener Photography & Design Consultant DryWater Productions Elise Erdmann Festival Foods […]

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Game Show Golf

Posted on : 03 Oct 2017 | No Comments

On Thursday, September 28th, KANDU’s 15th Annual WINNERS Golf Outing was held at Glen Erin Golf Club in Janesville. Golfers experienced a beautiful fall day, along with “Game Show Golf” themed food, décor and mini games. Teams participated in 18 holes of golf along with a men’s and women’s longest drive competition and three opportunities […]

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United Way’s Day of Caring

Posted on : 03 Oct 2017 | No Comments

On Wednesday, September 20th, volunteers from KERRY participated in United Way’s Day of Caring by contributing their time and energy to KANDU. KERRY volunteers spent the day assisting with cleaning projects. A record 895 volunteers from 43 companies participated in United Way Blackhawk Region’s Day of Caring. Thank you KERRY and United Way Blackhawk Region […]

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Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet

Posted on : 03 Oct 2017 | No Comments

KANDU’s popular Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet returns Friday, October 6th from 5:00 to 7:30pm to The Armory. This all-you-can-eat buffet features Best Events’ famous beer-battered cod, along with six additional entrée options including sliced turkey, grilled chicken and BLT mac and cheese. A delicious selection of seven sides and salads are also available, along […]

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Rock County Senior Fair

Posted on : 03 Oct 2017 | No Comments

On September 15th, KANDU participated in the 2017 Rock County Senior Fair at Janesville’s Holiday Inn Express. Participants had access to over 80 local agency and business booths, as well as health screenings, immunizations and three free workshops. Program Director, Julie Smith and Development Assistant, Kristin Larson presented a booth for KANDU’s Day Services/Memory Care […]

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Ways to Give

Posted on : 31 Aug 2017 | No Comments

KANDU offers various opportunities for supporting our mission and the clients we serve. Among the exciting fundraising events available throughout the year, is a quick and easy option to become a supporter right from your computer or smart device. Not only are one-time donations available through our website, but you can also set up weekly, […]

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Fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse

Posted on : 31 Aug 2017 | No Comments

On Monday, August 28th, Janesville’s Texas Roadhouse hosted a Dine to Donate event benefiting KANDU. Guests who dined at the popular restaurant between 4 and 10pm were eligible to donate 10% of food and beverage sales when presenting the official flyer. Thank you to everyone who came out to support KANDU and, of course, to […]

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Family Fun Day

Posted on : 31 Aug 2017 | No Comments

Everyone had a great time at KANDU’s annual Family Fun Day event on Sunday, August 20th at the Best Events Banquet Hall. Clients, staff, board members and their families participated in an afternoon of County Fair themed games, activities and food. There was even a dunk tank, allowing participants a chance to submerge Executive Director, […]

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KANDU Family Fun Day

Posted on : 28 Jul 2017 | No Comments

KANDU’s annual Family Fun Day event will be held Sunday, August 20th at the Best Events Banquet Hall. Clients, staff, board members and their families will enjoy county fair themed games, activities and food courtesy of Best Events. Prizes will be awarded to game winners and raffle drawings will be available throughout the afternoon. We […]

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Come On Down… To Game Show Golf!

Posted on : 28 Jul 2017 | No Comments

KANDU presents the 15th Annual WINNERS Golf Outing and Dinner on Thursday, September 28h at Glen Erin Golf Club. This year’s “Game Show Golf” will feature themed food and décor by Best Events. New this year, a noncompetitive, 9-hole option begins at 2pm and includes two opportunities to win hole-in-one prizes, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. […]

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Thank You, Boardtracker Motorsports

Posted on : 28 Jul 2017 | No Comments

On Saturday, July 8th, Boardtracker Harley-Davidson celebrated the Grand Opening of their new division, Boardtracker Motorsports, with beer garden and raffle proceeds benefitting KANDU. Held at the new location on 2600 Morse Street in Janesville (formerly Flooring and More), the event offered an afternoon of live music, food vendors, face painting and motorcycle stunt shows […]

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Yee-Haw!

Posted on : 28 Jul 2017 | No Comments

KANDU’s Day Services/Memory Care and Increased Support Program (ISP) recently participated in a “Cowboy Day”. Karen from ISP spoke to the group about her son’s bull riding days, presenting pictures and equipment worn during his almost decade-long career. Several clients even had the opportunity to try on his vest and chaps! ISP then shared a […]

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Thank You, 2nd Quarter Donors!

Posted on : 20 Jul 2017 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our wonderful donors who contributed to our mission during the months of April, May and June.         ABC Supply AF Holding Inc Bonnie Allen Alpine Bank American Aluminum Extrusion Company, LLC American Westbrook Insurance Services, Inc. Brian Anderson ANGI Energy Systems Angus-Young Associates Larry Arft […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame Appreciation Event

Posted on : 06 Jul 2017 | No Comments

On Friday, June 30th, the annual KANDU Appreciation Event and Snappers baseball game was held at Pohlman Field in Beloit. KANDU supporters, staff, board members, volunteers and customers gathered for a pre-game tailgating party with an array of Best Events-prepared cookout foods and beverages. Two lucky guests, Mary Lou and Anthony Tucker (pictured above), were […]

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Boardtracker Motorsports Grand Opening

Posted on : 06 Jul 2017 | No Comments

On Saturday, July 8th, Boardtracker Motorsports will celebrate their Grand Opening on 2600 Morse Street, Janesville with beer garden and raffle proceeds to benefit KANDU. The event runs from noon to 4pm and features Street Cowboys Stunt Shows (12-2pm) and live music by Zac Matthews (1-4pm). There will also be several product vendors available, as […]

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Party at The Pitts 2017

Posted on : 05 Jul 2017 | No Comments

For the 8th consecutive year, KANDU held Party at The Pitts, a renowned annual fundraising event at Diane Hendricks’ beautiful estate. During the day, guests participated in various outdoor activities including fishing, archery, clay shooting and golf. Participants who demonstrated top skills in each sport were announced and awarded prizes that evening after dinner. During […]

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McDonald’s Fundraiser

Posted on : 31 May 2017 | No Comments

McDonald’s Pontiac Drive, Janesville location graciously held a fundraiser for KANDU on Thursday, May 25th. From 4-7pm, 20% of all sales profits were donated to benefit KANDU’s mission. There was an excellent turnout, allowing clients to easily support KANDU too! Throughout the event, KANDU staff offered information about our various programs and services to interested […]

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Transit Development Open House

Posted on : 31 May 2017 | No Comments

On May 23rd at KANDU’s Barberry Drive location, representatives from Janesville’s Transit System invited clients and staff to share ideas regarding possible bus service improvements. Feedback provided during this session will be considered for JTS’s 5 year plan of service. We appreciate Janesville Transit System taking the time to consider KANDU’s input!

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Johnson Financial Group Service Day Every Day

Posted on : 31 May 2017 | No Comments

On May 23rd, KANDU was pleased to receive five volunteers from Johnson Bank for some much needed updates. As part of their annual Service Day Every Day project, Johnson Bank volunteers spent the morning brightening KANDU’s Adel Street location with a fresh coat of paint. Thank you, Johnon Bank, for choosing KANDU to benefit from […]

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Representative Debra Kolste Visits KANDU

Posted on : 31 May 2017 | No Comments

On May 1st, KANDU was honored to welcome Janesville’s own State Representative Debra Kolste to the Adel Street location. Executive Director Gary Bersell led a tour of KANDU’s program services and production floor, illustrating the positive impact KANDU’s mission has on our clients and the community. We would like to thank Representative Kolste for taking […]

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Chipotle Night For KANDU

Posted on : 31 May 2017 | No Comments

Eat at Janesville’s Chipotle on Friday, June 16th between 5 and 9pm and KANDU receives 50% of your total purchase. Simply tell your cashier you’re there supporting KANDU! CLICK HERE to follow the event on Facebook. Please share!

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Client Bowling Party

Posted on : 31 May 2017 | No Comments

On Wednesday, May 24th, KANDU clients, staff, caregivers and volunteers participated in an after work bowling party at Janesville’s RiversEdge Bowl. Clients enjoyed some friendly competition and socializing with their friends outside of typical work hours. As usual, clients wowed spectators with their impressive bowling skills! A very special thank you to KANDU’s dedicated program […]

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KANDU 5K Run, Walk & Roll

Posted on : 31 May 2017 | No Comments

Saturday, May 13th marked the first annual KANDU 5K Run, Walk and Roll: A Race Without Limits. Over 120 attendees participated in either the 5K or 1 mile event, beginning in KANDU’s parking lot. Top performers in each race received medals. Congratulations to the fastest 5K runners: Ben Melvin (22:21) Rod Schultz (22:46) Susie Melvin […]

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Mother’s Day Brunch at The Armory

Posted on : 30 Apr 2017 | No Comments

Treat the special mom(s) in your life to a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at The Armory! On Sunday, May 14th, this annual event features a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options prepared by Best Events, including New York strip, roasted five spice pork loin, baked cod, chef carved turkey breast, traditional breakfast items and […]

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Client Wellness Program

Posted on : 30 Apr 2017 | No Comments

On April 1st, KANDU clients began a 6-week wellness program that will conclude with a celebratory victory lap during the May 13th KANDU 5K Run, Walk & Roll event. Each week, clients receive a “Healthy Choices Journal”, allowing participants to document their daily health goals, including fruit and vegetable consumption, water intake, exercise and acts […]

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Take Your Legislator To Work

Posted on : 30 Apr 2017 | No Comments

On April 25th, Wisconsin State Representative Don Vruwink visited KANDU’s Barberry location as part of Take Your Legislator To Work Day. Vruwink, a former Milton teacher and coach, met with KANDU staff and clients and even assisted with some production work. Take Your Legislator To Work Day is a statewide campaign allowing constituents with disabilities […]

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Thank You, 1st Quarter Donors

Posted on : 25 Apr 2017 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our wonderful donors who contributed to our mission during the months of January, February and March.         Shannon Ahrens ANONYMOUS (x3) Axley Law Firm Arjun Banerjee Debbie Bayreuther Mary Becher Beloit Regional Hospice Bjoin Limestone Inc. Blackhawk Bank Bodacious Shops of Block 42 Genise Brandt […]

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KANDU at the 60Plus Expo

Posted on : 05 Apr 2017 | No Comments

Thursday, May 11th, the Gazette and Bliss Communications present the 15th Annual 60Plus Expo at Holiday Inn Express Janesville Conference Center. From 8am to 2pm, this event for active seniors features seminars, health screenings, demonstrations, entertainment and more! Along with sponsoring the event, KANDU will offer an exhibition booth featuring information regarding our Day Services/Memory […]

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Easter Brunch at The Armory

Posted on : 05 Apr 2017 | No Comments

Come enjoy a mouthwatering Easter Brunch at The Armory on Sunday, April 16th. This annual event features a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options prepared by Best Events, including eggs benedict, blueberry muffin french toast, roasted black olive bruschetta chicken, prime rib, herb crusted pork loin and much more. Click here to view the […]

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Spring Evening Bridal Expo

Posted on : 05 Apr 2017 | No Comments

Best Events presented the annual Spring Evening Bridal Expo on Thursday, March 2nd at the Pontiac Convention Center. Future brides, grooms and their loved ones had the opportunity to view trends for the 2017 wedding season and consult with 37 local vendors, offering samples, product demonstrations and ideas to assist couples in planning their big […]

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Our Work, Our Choice

Posted on : 05 Apr 2017 | No Comments

On March 2nd, the A TEAM gathered at the state Capitol for the annual Day for Choice. Over 120 members, including clients and other representatives from KANDU, spent the day promoting independence and work choice for individuals with disabilities. Members shared powerful testimonies to nearly 50 legislators, including Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Senator Janis Ringhand, […]

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Fish Fry & More!

Posted on : 01 Mar 2017 | No Comments

KANDU’s two popular fish fry events return Friday, March 10th and Friday, March 24th from 5:00 to 7:30pm at The Armory. This all-you-can-eat buffet features Best Events’ famous beer-battered cod, along with five additional entrée options including baked cod, fried chicken and Thai barbeue pork chops. A delicious selection of seven sides and salads are […]

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Grapes & Hops 2017

Posted on : 01 Mar 2017 | No Comments

KANDU’s Grapes & Hops proved to be a phenomenal success once again at The Armory. On February 10th, local Celebrity Pourers served samples of over 40 varieties of wine and beer, all competing for the coveted title of “People’s Choice Pourer,” an honor reserved for the guests’ favorite Celebrity team. Themed booth designs showcased each […]

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New Wheels!

Posted on : 01 Mar 2017 | No Comments

Clients and staff are excited about KANDU’s recent vehicle addition – a bus! This is the ideal mode of transportation for clients participating in program services, as it fits up to five passengers in wheelchairs, as well as six ambulatory seats. Two of the wheelchair spots can be converted to passenger seats, offering flexibility for […]

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KANDU 5K Run, Walk & Roll

Posted on : 03 Feb 2017 | No Comments

Mark your calendars! On Saturday, May 13th, KANDU presents a community run/walk event for everyone. KANDU 5K Run, Walk & Roll: A Race Without Limits offers several distance options, based on each participant’s preference and abilities. Race options include: a 5K run/walk, kids’ mile, wheelchair mile, and a ¼ mile for KANDU clients. This event […]

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Spring Evening Bridal Expo

Posted on : 03 Feb 2017 | No Comments

On Thursday, March 2nd, Best Events presents the Spring Evening Bridal Expo at the Pontiac Convention Center. Brides, grooms and their loved ones are invited to visit with a wide array of local wedding vendors, providing the opportunity to plan the perfect event… All in one place! Guests can sample complimentary wine, beer and appetizers, […]

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Supported Community Employment

Posted on : 03 Feb 2017 | No Comments

KANDU is pleased with the recent success and expansion of the Supported Community Employment program (SCE). Currently working with over 60 clients, SCE’s services have more than doubled over the past year. KANDU’s Supported Community Employment program connects with area businesses in an effort to help identify and develop job opportunities within the community for […]

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Thank You, 4th Quarter Donors

Posted on : 19 Jan 2017 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our wonderful donors who contributed to our mission during the months of October, November and December of 2016.       INDIVIDUALS Christine Abrahamson Shannon & Russ Ahrens Joanne & John Anderson Brian & Sarah Anderson Anonymous (x16) Jean Austin John A. Bauwens Gary & Audrey Bersell David […]

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CommuniTree Results Are In!

Posted on : 03 Jan 2017 | No Comments

The winners of Pontiac Convention Center’s Christmas CommuniTree Competition & Show have been chosen! Local businesses, organizations and groups set up and decorated trees to promote their mission and creativity to the public. The trees were available for public viewing December 5th through the 23rd and visitors were asked to vote for their favorites. Congratulations […]

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A Holiday Celebration

Posted on : 03 Jan 2017 | No Comments

KANDU clients and staff celebrated the holiday season with food and fun on Thursday, December 22nd. Staff served lunch to clients at both Adel Street and Barberry Drive locations. Best Events prepared the delicious holiday feast, fit for Mr. Claus himself. Speaking of Santa… He happened to find time in his busy schedule to drop […]

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Thank You, Data Dimensions!

Posted on : 03 Jan 2017 | No Comments

KANDU’s Day Services/Memory Care Program recently received a generous item donation, collected and delivered by Data Dimensions. This bountiful donation contained a variety of useful (and fun!) items including snacks, games, puzzles, activities and much more. These donations were received in response to a Christmas tree displayed in the lobby of Data Dimensions, decorated with […]

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KANDU Christmas Concert

Posted on : 03 Jan 2017 | No Comments

On Thursday, December 15th, KANDU clients and staff were invited to celebrate the holiday season with a complimentary dinner and show at The Armory. The space was transformed into a winter wonderland, resembling a beautiful Christmas card depiction of the North Pole. Best Events prepared a delicious waited dinner and dessert, while special guest Lannette […]

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KANDU Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet

Posted on : 02 Dec 2016 | No Comments

KANDU recently held two successful fish fry fundraising events, spanning two months and two separate venues. The first was held on Friday, October 14th at the Best Events Banquet Hall and featured beer-battered and baked cod along with an array of additional entrees and sides. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the November 11th event took […]

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Tickets Available for Grapes & Hops!

Posted on : 02 Dec 2016 | No Comments

Mark your calendars – KANDU’s popular wine and beer tasting event, Grapes & Hops, is Friday, February 10th at The Armory! Tickets make great holiday gifts and can be purchased now by calling (608) 755-4123. Sample over 40 varieties of wine and beer poured by local “celebrities”, along with delicious hors d’oeuvre pairings by Best […]

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So Much To Be Thankful For!

Posted on : 02 Dec 2016 | No Comments

In appreciation for the daily contributions of all KANDU employees and clients, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner was served during lunch on Wednesday, November 23rd. Many clients and staff enjoyed a delicious, turkey dinner with all of the fixings and dessert prepared by Best Events. Meals were provided at both Adel Street and Barberry Drive locations. […]

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Experience India

Posted on : 02 Nov 2016 | No Comments

On October 27th, KANDU presented the final event of it’s cultural series: Experience India at The Armory. This stunning event offered attendees a sample of the sights, sounds and flavors of India. Best Events prepared a delectable, gourmet Indian buffet and transformed the space to reflect the beauty and vibrancy of an Indian festival. The […]

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Christmas CommuniTree Competition & Show

Posted on : 02 Nov 2016 | No Comments

Back by popular demand, Best Events and the Pontiac Convention Center present the Christmas Communitree Competition & Show. Businesses, organizations, clubs and groups are invited to provide and decorate their own tree for display throughout the lobby and banquet areas of the Pontiac Convention Center. Completed trees will then be voted on by the public, […]

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A Spooktacular Dance Party

Posted on : 02 Nov 2016 | No Comments

On Friday, October 21st, KANDU clients, staff and caregivers danced the night away during the annual Halloween party. Everyone in attendance had a “spooktacular” time showing off their costumes and guessing the identities of those behind masks. Best Events transformed the banquet hall with ghoulish décor and provided tasty treats. Music was courtesy of our […]

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Thank You, 3rd Quarter Donors

Posted on : 27 Oct 2016 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our wonderful donors who contributed to our mission during the months of July, August and September of 2016.   Alliant Energy Anderson, Kaj Associated Bank Janesville Blain Supply Boardtracker Harley Davidson Brothers Main Appliance & TV Carroll, Theresa Cernicky, Amy Conway, Elizabeth Corporate Contractors, Inc. Data Dimensions Davies, […]

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KANDU Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet

Posted on : 05 Oct 2016 | No Comments

KANDU’s popular Fish Fry & Harvest Buffet returns Friday, October 14th from 5:00 to 7:30pm at the Best Events Banquet Hall. This all-you-can-eat buffet features Best Events’ famous beer-battered cod, along with six additional entrée options including herbed chicken, roasted pork loin and roast beef. A delicious selection of seven sides and salads are also […]

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Experience India: A Festival of Lights

Posted on : 05 Oct 2016 | No Comments

On Thursday, October 27th, KANDU presents Experience India: A Festival of Lights at The Armory. From 6-9pm, this exciting event offers guests a sample of the sights, sounds and flavors of India. Best Events will prepare an extensive, gourmet Indian buffet and transform the space to reflect the beauty and vibrancy of the Festival of […]

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Fall Evening Bridal Expo

Posted on : 05 Oct 2016 | No Comments

On Thursday, October 6th, Best Events presents the Fall Evening Bridal Expo at the Pontiac Convention Center. Brides, grooms and their loved ones are invited to visit with a wide array of local wedding vendors, providing the opportunity to plan the perfect event… All in one place! Guests can sample complimentary wine, beer and appetizers, […]

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Client Recognition Banquet

Posted on : 04 Oct 2016 | No Comments

On September 14th, KANDU clients received recognition for their years of excellence with an Olympic themed awards banquet and dinner at the Pontiac Convention Center. Each client was presented with a personalized certificate recognizing their years of service, the longest being 49! Best Events prepared a delicious dinner and transformed the space with elegant, theme-related […]

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A Hole-in-One Winner!

Posted on : 01 Sep 2016 | No Comments

Golfer Don Cherry received a $3,000 gift certificate to Brothers Main after scoring a hole-in-one during KANDU’s 14th Annual WINNERS Golf Outing. Cherry is the first ever golfer to score a hole-in-one during this event. This is his second lifetime hole-in-one, with his first completed over 20 years ago. According to golfdigest.com, the odds of […]

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Thank You, Grainger Foundation

Posted on : 01 Sep 2016 | No Comments

KANDU Industries, Inc. received $5,000 from The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation in support of KANDU’s Supported Community Employment program. This donation was recommended by Kari Gates, Supervisor – National Facility Service Center of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s Janesville location. KANDU’s Supported Community Employment program works with area businesses to help identify and develop employment […]

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Family Fun Day

Posted on : 01 Sep 2016 | No Comments

Everyone had a great time at KANDU’s annual Family Fun Day event on Sunday, August 21st at the Best Events Banquet Hall. Clients, staff, board members and their families enjoyed Hawaiian-themed games, activities and live entertainment by steel drum musician Bahama Bob. Prizes were awarded to game winners and raffle drawings were available throughout the […]

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Thank You, 2nd Quarter Donors

Posted on : 26 Jul 2016 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our wonderful donors who contributed to our mission during the months of April, May and  June of 2016.         6 AM Marketing Aaron & Danielle Walsh ABC Supply Acculynx Alan Buchholz Alliant Energy Foundation Alpine Bank American Aluminum Extrusion Company, LLC Amy Lokrantz Amy & […]

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WINNERS Golf Outing

Posted on : 30 Jun 2016 | No Comments

On Thursday, August 4th, KANDU presents the 14th Annual WINNERS Golf Outing and Dinner at Glen Erin Golf Club. This year’s theme, Throwback Thursday Golf, will feature memories from 55 years. Golfer registration begins at 10:30am with a delicious Best Events lunch to immediately follow. Foursomes tee off at noon, participating in an 18-hole scramble […]

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Party at The Pitts

Posted on : 30 Jun 2016 | No Comments

For the 7th consecutive year, KANDU held this renowned annual fundraising event at Diane Hendricks’ beautiful estate. Guests participated in various outdoor activities including fishing, archery, clay shooting and golf. Participants who demonstrated top skills in each sport were announced and awarded prizes that evening after dinner. During the evening portion of this daylong event, […]

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McDonald’s Fundraiser

Posted on : 06 Jun 2016 | No Comments

McDonald’s Pontiac Drive, Janesville location will host a fundraiser for KANDU on Wednesday, June 15th. From 4:00 to 7:00pm, 20% of all sales profits will be donated to benefit KANDU’s mission. During the event, KANDU representatives will be available to offer information about our various programs and services to interested customers. A special thank you […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Posted on : 06 Jun 2016 | No Comments

KANDU invites supporters, staff, board members, volunteers and customers to a Beloit Snappers game and tailgating party on Friday, July 22nd. Best Events will prepare a pre-game cookout served at 5:30PM, with the 7:00 game versus Lake County to follow. At the game, two lucky guests will have the opportunity to throw the pitch! Invitations […]

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BA5 at The Armory

Posted on : 06 Jun 2016 | No Comments

On Thursday, June 9th, The Armory and Best Events (in partnership with Bower City Theatre Company) is excited to host a Forward Janesville Business After 5 event. From 5:00 to 7:00pm, guests will have the opportunity to tour the beautiful, historic building, as well as enjoy delicious Best Events hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Admission is […]

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60Plus Expo

Posted on : 06 Jun 2016 | No Comments

KANDU participated in the 14th Annual 60Plus Expo at Holiday Inn Express Janesville Conference Center. This event for active seniors featured seminars, health screenings, demonstrations, entertainment and more. KANDU Program Director, Julie Smith and Executive Director, Gary Bersell presented an exhibition booth throughout the event answering questions and offering information about our Day Services/Memory Care […]

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Thank You, 1st Quarter Donors

Posted on : 27 Apr 2016 | No Comments

KANDU would like to thank all of our wonderful donors who contributed to our mission during the months of January, February and March of 2016. A Red Extravaganza ABC Supply Ahvia Salon & Spa Air Products American Family Insurance, Shannon Ahrens Agency Brian & Sarah Anderson ANONYMOUS ANONYMOUS Autopoint Inc Christopher & Billie Babcock Badger […]

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Early Bird Sign Up Available

Posted on : 10 Apr 2016 | No Comments

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Sign up for the 14th Annual Winner’s Golf Outing by April 30th and receive special early bird incentives.

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Tour of Italy April 21st

Posted on : 10 Apr 2016 | No Comments

On Thursday, April 21st, KANDU presents Tour of Italy at The Armory. From 6-9PM, this exciting event features an array of Italian-style offerings, including a delicious buffet-style dinner and beautiful decor by Best Events, wine tasting courtesy of Staller Estate Winery, vocal performances by Bower City Theatre Company and local art available for purchase via […]

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Aktion Club Spring Fling

Posted on : 10 Apr 2016 | No Comments

On Friday, March 4th, Kiwanis Aktion Club of Janesville held their Spring Fling fundraiser at Best Events Banquet Hall. Attendees celebrated the end of winter with an evening of music, dancing, sweet treats (thanks, Amber Becher!) and spring fun with friends. A 50/50 raffle and photobooth were also available throughout the event. Congratulations to Janesville’s […]

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A Day at the Captial

Posted on : 10 Apr 2016 | No Comments

A TEAM members visited the state capitol to meet with legislators to ensure options and opportunities are expanded throughout Wisconsin. They also met with Governor Walker, who spoke to the entire group and commended everyone for their hard work and advocacy efforts. It was a very exciting event and a great opportunity! A TEAM is […]

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Thank You Fish Fry Volunteers

Posted on : 10 Apr 2016 | No Comments

KANDU fish fries are a great way for the community to support KANDU and the volunteers are the key to making these fundraisers successful.

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Best Events Hosts Spring Bridal Expo

Posted on : 10 Apr 2016 | No Comments

Best Events presented the annual Spring Evening Bridal Expo on Thursday, March 10th at the Pontiac Convention Center. Future brides, grooms and their loved ones had the opportunity to view trends for the 2016 wedding season and consult with 39 local vendors, offering samples, product demonstrations and ideas to assist couples in planning their big […]

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Tour of Italy

Posted on : 06 Mar 2016 | No Comments

Thursday, April 21st 6:00-9:00PM Pontiac Convention Center 2809 N Pontiac Drive Janesville, WI Follow on Facebook Featuring: A delicious Italian buffet dinner and transformative room décor by Best Events Live vocal performances by Bower City Theatre Company Wine tasting courtesy of Staller Estate Winery Local art on display for silent auction Tickets are $50 per […]

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KANDU’s – Fish Fry & More on March 14

Posted on : 29 Feb 2016 | No Comments

JANESVILLE, WI – KANDU’s Fish Fry & More will be held at the Best Events Banquet Hall at 1741 Adel Street in Janesville on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 4:30-7:30 pm. No reservations required. Adult tickets for those 12 and older are $12.95, children 4 – 11 are $7.95, and kids 3 and under are […]

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