Steiner Hosts 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to Raise Funds for the Alzheimer’s Association

Steiner hosted its 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! It was a fun (and yummy), memorable event – with lots of pictures taken in our photo booth and plenty of ice cream, too!  

At Steiner, we’re proud to have a core group of amazing people who dedicate time towards raising awareness and funds to fight against Alzheimer’s disease. They call themselves the Purple Winged Warriors!

The Purple Winged Warriors’ Story

It has affected us all in different ways, but we will NOT go quietly into the good night…If you think about people in your life, odds are, you know someone who has Alzheimer’s or is affected by Alzheimer’s. It should make you mad, too! There is no cure yet and funding is low – we need to make our voices heard, not only when signing petitions, but by letting families and caregivers know they are not alone. 

Even if you can only give a little, you’re letting another family know that you’re on their side and they’re worth fighting for – memories matter, people matter, family matters, caregivers matter – cures matter!

If you weren’t able to make it to the fundraiser and would still like to contribute, please CLICK HERE to donate.

All donations go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association to help raise awareness for this disease, raise funds for a cure, and support caregivers and families taking care of loved ones who are battling this disease. 

#EndAlz

Amazing Chainsaw Carver Danczyk Woodcraft Visits Steiner in Rockford

Chad Danczyk of Danczyk Woodcraft is a professional chainsaw carver who creates truly one of a kind custom wood sculptures. This summer, we invited him to be a special guest at our Annual Pig Roast – a customer appreciation event hosted at the Steiner Rockford branch. Danczyk spent a full afternoon on sight carving a hawk and cougar out of a single piece of wood. Although Danczyk was feeling a bit under the weather, he provided us with an amazing chainsaw performance from start to finish. He later applied paint to the carving at his home workshop to complete the sculpture.

View this spectacular time lapse video of the chainsaw carving starting from a 6-foot tall piece of solid wood to a finely detailed work of art.

It was a privilege to have Danczyk demonstrate a chainsaw carving for our guests to enjoy.

Here’s the finished sculpture pictured from different angles. Just amazing detail all done with a chainsaw by a truly gifted artist.

See more carvings from Danczyk Woodcraft here.

Holocaust Survivor Magda Brown Tells Her Story to Steiner Employees and Their Families

On May 18, 2019 Steiner had the honor to host Holocaust survivor Magda Brown for 100 employees and their families, ranging in ages from 12 to 70.  Born in Hungary in 1927, Magda was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 17. Magda has spoken to over 100,000 people the past 15 years throughout the country and internationally. Listening to Magda speak was an incredible experience, she is truly an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that we must NEVER FORGET what happened. Hers is an incredible story of courage and strength.

Even after experiencing horrendous torture and imprisonment her message was: “Have Faith, Fantasy, Drive and Believe that tomorrow will be better. Next to health, the next best thing is freedom, and think before you hate.”

Reflections from Some Who Attended

Thank you so much for yesterday!  Magda Brown is an incredible, strong person and I consider a hero to mankind.  This was an honor to listen to her yesterday and both Jamie and I just want to thank you and your family for allowing us that time to listen to her story!

Thanks, Tom Zapp


Thank you again for allowing us to participate in the Magda Brown presentation.  Magda really is a living lesson in poise and grace.  Kaelin and I both left on Saturday in a completely different mindset than when we walked in.  I have overheard Kae talking to her friends about the experience all weekend.  She was really moved by what she heard and in speaking to Ms. Brown after the event.

Again, we are very thankful to have been able to come and participate in something we feel is so important.

Dawn Thomas


I wanted to thank you for having Magda as a speaker on Saturday.  I have been thinking about it ever since.  What a strong wonderful woman.  She didn’t show any bitterness which amazed me.  I would be bitter forever.

Thanks again, Bernie Eadon


I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to listen to Magda’s story this past Saturday. Being part of the “last generation” that can listen to and learn from these stories directly from someone who survived the Holocaust, was an incredible experience. The way Magda described her adolescence pre WW2, the Holocaust, and the events that led her to be enslaved at Auschwitz and then transported somewhere in East Germany assembling poisonous gas was remarkable. The vividness in which Magda described the selection process and how she was separated from her mother, was sad, and heartbreaking. Simple pleasures were gone, like a shower, toiletries, shoes, clothes, and basic human decency. The precision in which the Germans conducted the work labor camps, was shocking and disturbing. Yet, throughout all these horrors and atrocities and being poisoned, Magda never lost her faith and her desire to keep dreaming and fighting. The manner in which Magda speaks and keeps her composure is elegant and joyful, to say the least. I also enjoyed her ending and reminding “the last generation” it is our responsibility to stand up to the bullies and make them our friends and to understand their point of view. They may have a broken home, or their own shortcomings, and may have been taught to show intolerance to different viewpoints and cultures.  Magda reminded us nothing is black and white, except for what is right and wrong. There are good people and bad people in this world, but there are always more good people than bad. A key takeaway from Magda’s story was “Next to your health, freedom is just as important”.  This mantra resonates loud and clear, especially when paired with the poem Magda shared with the audience. We must not allow history to repeat itself and we do this by sharing Magda’s story with our friends and family.

Sincerely, Elmer Jovel

Steiner Collects Koats4Kids 2018

Koats4Kids

With winter approaching, some of the most vulnerable in our society — children — could use a little help to stay warm. For the 17th year, Steiner has partnered with the Salvation Army for its annual Koats4Kids drive. The drive helps collect and distribute cold weather clothing to the less fortunate children in Rockford, IL. and surrounding areas. 

Collection barrels will be located at all  Steiner branches starting on September 18, 2018.


The following new or gently used items are needed most:

  • Coats
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Scarves
  • Snow Pants
  • Boots

Donated items must be in good wearable condition, clean, and not have any holes or stains. Adult sizes are also appreciated as many kids can wear them.  All barrels will be collected on October 18th, so if you wish to donate, don’t delay!


Over the past two winters, the following items were donated at Steiner location collection boxes:

  • 226 coats
  • 100 hats
  • 41 pairs of gloves/mittens
  • 9 scarves
  • 6 pairs of snow pants
  • 4 pairs of snow boots

We thank everyone who contributed in the past to this great cause and look forward to once again help children in need this winter season.

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness month, and it is the mission of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America to spread awareness and raise funds with hope to discovering a cure. Huntington’s Disease (HD) has been called the “quintessential family disease” because every child of a parent with HD has a 50 percent chance of carrying the faulty, deadly gene.

On May 20, the Illinois chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) celebrated the 14th Annual Illinois Chapter Team Hope Walk. The event, held at the Grand Pavilion on the “Riverwalk” in downtown Naperville, gathered families and friends to support each other and raise funds. For the 2nd consecutive year, Steiner Electric was a corporate sponsor.

Huntington’s Disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Symptoms usually appear between ages 30 to 50, and can worsen over a 10 to 25-year period. HD causes a lessening in a person’s physical and mental abilities during the prime years to work.

Approximately 30,000 Americans are symptomatic of the disease, and more than 200,000 others are at-risk of inheriting a gene that over time can mutate and trigger HD symptoms. Within many families, multiple generations have inherited this expanded gene.

According to the HDSA, those at risk of inheriting HD can take a test to find  out if they’re carrying the faulty gene. Symptoms of HD varies from person to person, even within the same family. The progression of the disease can be roughly divided.

Donations to the HDSA advocacy group supports research into new therapies, provides services and referrals to HD families and individuals trying to cope with the effects of the disease, and expands educational programs and develops informational materials to bring great awareness and further education about HD into three stages. In the early stage, HD usually includes subtle changes in coordination. In the middle stage, movement disorder becomes more pronounced, and in the late stage, the person with HD is dependent on others for their care as their brain cells decrease.

To learn more about HD, and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or phone (800) 345-HDSA.