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Celebrating Volunteers

Honoring Those Who Give from the Heart

A community celebration of volunteering – April 21, 2020

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Each spring, hundreds of people in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin come together to celebrate volunteerism and honor those who go above and beyond to help make the community a better place with their gifts of time.
Volunteer awards in six categories will be presented during the 23rd Celebrating Volunteers community gala April 21, 2020, in downtown Appleton.

Here are our 2019 Winners:

Cindy Reffke
Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year Award
Sponsor: The Post-Crescent
Read and Watch Cindy’s Story

Dick Calder
Paul & Elaine Groth Mentoring Award
Sponsor: Mielke Family Foundation
Read and watch Dick’s story

Kayla Schuh
Health Care Volunteer Award
Sponsor: Ascension and ThedaCare
Read and watch Kayla’s story

Karla Huston
Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in the Arts
Sponsor: Thrivent
Read and watch Karla’s story

Click on the images to see our 2019 profiles, courtesy of the video production students at University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley and Instructor Tom Frantz

Sharon Hulce
Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award
Sponsor: Thrivent
Read and watch Sharon’s story

Community First Credit Union &
Sexual Assault Crisis Center
Business Partnership of the Year Award
Sponsor: SECURA
Read and watch this story

Sydney Olmsted
Youth Scholarship Award
Sponsor: Community First Credit Union
Read and Watch Sydney’s Story

Thanks to the generosity of award sponsors, each award recipient receives $5,000 for their favorite Fox Valley charity (youth recipient receives $1,000 for charity plus a $1,500 scholarship). Since 1998, award sponsors have given $723,000 to local charities selected by their award recipients!

Community First Credit Union & Sexual Assault Crisis Center

2019 Business Partnership Award

Sponsored By SECURA

Sydney Olmsted

2019 Youth Scholarship Award

Sponsored By Community First Credit Union

Kayla Schuh

2019 Health Care Volunteer Award

Sponsored By Ascension and ThedaCare

2019 Recipients

Hover over a recipient to learn more

Dick Calder

2019 Paul and Elaine Groth Mentoring Award

Sponsored By Mielke Family Foundation

Sharon Hulce

2019 Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award

Sponsored By Thrivent Financial

Karla Huston

2019 Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in Arts

Sponsored By Thrivent

Cindy Reffke

2019 Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored By Post-Crescent