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Celebrating Volunteers

Honoring Those Who Give from the Heart

Our community celebration of volunteering looks different this year.

In order to keep the community safe and healthy during this coronavirus pandemic, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and NBC26 canceled the Celebrating Volunteer 2020 event planned for April 21.

While we can’t celebrate face-to-face, the Community Foundation, NBC26, award sponsors and event planning committee members are honored to recognize our Celebrating Volunteer winners and their outstanding contributions in our community!

On April 8, Flower Girl Design Studio delivered glass artwork by Studio K Stained Glass LLC and these gorgeous flowers as expressions of our deep appreciation.

In addition, each winner receives $5,000 to give to a local nonprofit organization and the youth winner gets a $1,500 scholarship and $1,000 to donate to a nonprofit. Thanks to the award sponsors, a total of $26,000 will be given to local charities in the names of the winners. Since 1998, award sponsors have given $723,000 to local charities selected by their award recipients!

Please visit our Community Foundation and COVID-19 Response page for additional updates.


2020 Award Recipients:

Chad Kazel
Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year Award
Sponsor: Amcor

Walter Zerrenner
Paul & Elaine Groth Mentoring Award
Sponsor: Mielke Family Foundation

Betsy Rachubinski
Health Care Volunteer Award
Sponsor: Ascension St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and ThedaCare

Mary Beth Nienhaus
Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award
Sponsor: Thrivent

Capital Credit Union & Pillars
Business Partnership of the Year Award
Sponsor: SECURA

Justice Moore
Youth Scholarship Award
Sponsor: Community First Credit Union

Sharon Hulce

2019 Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award

Sponsored By Thrivent Financial

Community First Credit Union & Sexual Assault Crisis Center

2019 Business Partnership Award

Sponsored By SECURA

Kayla Schuh

2019 Health Care Volunteer Award

Sponsored By Ascension and ThedaCare

2019 Recipients

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Dick Calder

2019 Paul and Elaine Groth Mentoring Award

Sponsored By Mielke Family Foundation

Cindy Reffke

2019 Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored By Post-Crescent

Sydney Olmsted

2019 Youth Scholarship Award

Sponsored By Community First Credit Union

Karla Huston

2019 Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in Arts

Sponsored By Thrivent