Rise & Shine Food Bus

We are excited to announce our new Food Bus Division for all of your entertainment and fundraising needs. Rise & Shine Food Bus is coming soon to an area near you! Check out all the new details at: www.riseandshinefoodbus.com

Looking to book the Rise & Shine Food Bus for your next special event in 2021? Call 262-227-7732 and ask for Tony!

INFLUENCE #8 Coaches Leadership Workshop / De Pere

Greetings Coaches & Leaders!!

Raising The Steaks Fundraising held its’ 8th leadership development event last night in De Pere.  Thank you so much for attended INFLUENCE #8 last night.  We felt it was another great gathering of like-minded individuals who are trying to make lasting difference.  Thank you to Chad for co-hosting the event and to Dave Skogen and Dave Keel.  I have the slide shows from both and Dave S and Chad.  Email us and we will get those to you.  They’d be honored to have you steal their stuff.  I thought it was a nice balance of experience and youth offering their perspective on this very dynamic journey we are all on.


We hope you found a nugget or two as take-aways to help you on your journey.  After we were

done last night, we were discussing impactful things people have tried.  Here were a couple I thought we could share.  Please see the attached legacy card which many coaches around the state have implemented.  These cards are given to seniors as they see you for possibly the last time.  We think these cards will stay in wallets for many many years.  Please steal this one!

Sun Prairie High School – Safe Seat – promoting vulnerability  https://raisingthesteaksinc.com/2017/11/09/sun-prairie-football-the-safe-seat-creating-leaders/

Mother’s Day Practice & More – https://raisingthesteaksinc.com/leadership-development/

Put your ideas or ‘your stuff’ on your phone and have it remind you once a month with the things you NEED to work on… grab your phone now!

Please share with us things you have done that have helped ‘Move The Needle’.  Raising The Steaks Fundraising does fundraising all over the state of Wisconsin featuring cookie dough, pizzas, discount cards and many other options.  Raising The Steaks has offices in Appleton, Weyauwega, and headquartered in Menomonee Falls.

** Please share with your guests, there were many individuals whom we did not get emails form **

Happy Friday!

The RTS Team

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Patrick Van Abel

Kyle Van Abel

Tony Resch

Mark Meyer

Jeff Northern

Dave Skogen / Festival Food Founder Headlines Green Bay INFLUENCE #8

Raising The Steaks Fundraising is excited to announce  our INFLUENCE #8, which will be held in De Pere.  This event will be co-hosted by Chad Michaelkiewicz (De Pere High School Head Football Coach).  Dave Skogen founder Festival Foods will be our feature presenter on leadership and reaching the hearts and minds of the players on your team.  Mr. Skogen is the author of “Boomerang” .  Joining Mr. Skogen will be Dave Keel who has coached and taught at Homestead High School for over 30 years collecting 5 state titles and 17 straight conference titles.   Chad Michaelkiewicz will also present on the new servant leadership.

INFLUENCE events are held to bring like-minded coaches and professionals together to share servant leadership stories and methods on how to best reach the hearts and minds of  these future leaders.  The event is just $10 per person and it includes beer and tap soda for the evening.

Raising The Steaks Fundraising does fundraising all over the state of Wisconsin featuring cookie dough, pizzas, discount cards and many other options.  Raising The Steaks has offices in Appleton, Weyauwega, and headquartered in Menomonee Falls. More details –  Green Bay Influence #8


Lots of Tears and Laughter at Germantown INFLUENCE #7 event

Raising The Steaks Fundraising hosted another great INFLUENCE event at the Old Town Beer Hall in Germantown.  We had over 75 coaches from around SE Wisconsin attend our 7th INFLUENCE event.  Jake Davis head football coach from Germantown started out the evening giving an incredibly passionate and vulnerable presentation on the ‘Growth Mindset’.  Jake Piittman from Kewaskum High School Football presented on their F.A.M.I.L.Y. leadership program.  Ed Garza from Healing Patriots also knocked it out of the park presenting on their non-profit organization which helps wounded vets adjust to life after returning home.  Lucas Jadin from Train 2 to be Clutch presented on Mental toughness and had the group laughing and very engaged with many different audience participation.

All of the speakers emphasized the importance showing love, listening and holding each other accountable.   NO X’s and O’s or Win/Loss records are ever discussed at an INFLUENCE event.  The impact that we have as coaches and leaders in creating positive young adult, is much more important than any scoreboard will ever be.  TeamEscape 262 of Menomonee Falls www.teamescape262.com was on hand and presented on their “Coach Special” programs which offers heavily discounted escape room / team building programs to high School leadership councils.

Our next INFLUENCE event will be geared differently as we will be bringing in students from leadership councils and team captain groups.  This is tentatively being planned for Hollandtown the week of June 11th.  Final dates and times to be determined.

Raising The Steaks Fundraising is located in Menomonee Falls.  We offer full service fundraising which includes cookie dough, discount cards, Custom School Cup programs just to mention a few.

RTS to host INFLUENCE #6 – Event on January 11th(Headlined by Steve Jones).

Raising The Steaks Fundraising will be hosting another “INFLUENCE” event to be held at Van Abel’s of Hollandtown (just outside of Kaukauna) on January 11th.

Coach Steve Jones headlines an evening talking about “Creating a Winning Culture”.  We will also have Lucas Jadin from “Train 2B Clutch” presenting.  Other great resources will also be available.  Patrick Van Abel of RTS and Badger Sports park. will be moderating the evening and we have one goal, which is to educate more coaches on better ways to reach the hearts and minds of their players.  Nothing to do with X’s and O’s.  This is an adult only event.  The event does include beer, soda and snacks.

To attend, please contact kyle@raisingthesteaksinc.com

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Sun Prairie Football’s “Safe Seat”

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Sun Prairie HS Football Coach Brian Kaminski recently shared with us their very successful “Safe Seat” program.  

Coach picks a willing leader to take the “Safe Seat”.  This is a controlled safe environment for individuals to express their feelings in front of the entire staff and team.  This exercise really supports the idea that VULNERABILITY IS OK !!!!  Anything we can do celebrate people actually sharing their real feelings is where real growth occurs.

Usually, the same 3 questions are asked but this can be tweaked

  1. What is your favorite youth memory?
  2. What are the biggest obstacles you have overcome in your life?
  3. What are your goals for the future?

Coach Kaminski feels that this has been one of the greatest tools for creating more team unity and an environment of trust.   The amount of thoughtful conversation and real sharing of hopes and fears has been amazing.  Every player and coach is asked to participate.

We would suggest allowing people in the Safe Seat to be able to come prepared with their thoughts written down so they don’t get caught in front of a large crowd not being sure what to say or forgetting things.  A resource that we have found lots of great stuff from is Brene Brown’s “Daring Greatly” which really highlights the importance of creating a safe environement.  Dr. Brene Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.  Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.  Please try this with your team or in any organization that you are part of (home, school or work).

Best of Luck to Coach Kaminski and thank you for your courage in Daring Greatly!




Great Escape Room Team Building Deals


The RTS partners own Escape Room Facilities around the state. What is an Escape Room? Well it is a fully immersive experience where we lock 6 to 10 perfectly sane people in a locked room. They have to work TOGETHER to find clues and solve puzzles within 1 hour to ESCAPE! We believe there is no greater team building opportunity out there. Coaches are encouraged to also play or watch and listen from our control room to see what special talents your team members have. It takes lot of different skill sets to accomplish the mission.
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To schedule your group for FREE or heavily discounted team building opportunities, please email us below.
Tony Resch                –    tony@raisingthesteaksinc.com   – SE Wisconsin / Milwaukee

Patrick Van Abel     –    pat@raisingthesteaksinc.com – NE Wisconsin / Appleton & Green Bay



RTS joins the fight against Bone Cancer for local youth athlete #TEAMJOSE

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Raising The Steaks is helping with Making A Difference for a youth football/basketball player from Slinger, WI who was diagnosed with 2 different forms of bone cancer. One of the cancers is very rare and aggressive and has only been treated in WI Children’s Hospital 3 times to date. Raising The Steaks is promoting the #TEAMJOSE movement at multiple events across the state of Wisconsin. Youth and High School football Coaches all over Wisconsin and Illinois have also contributed to the cause.

Please take the time to help support the #TEAMJOSE group with prayers/donations by visiting their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Team-Jose-573385699490854/?fref=ts

Thank you for your support