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Celebrating Volunteers

Honoring Those Who Give from the Heart

A community celebration of volunteering – May 1, 2019

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 seven categories will be presented during the 22nd Celebrating Volunteers community gala May 1, 2019, in downtown Appleton.

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 $660,000 to local charities selected by their award recipients!

2018 Award Recipients:

Rachel Miserlian – Youth Scholarship Award, sponsored by Community First Credit Union. Charity supported with Rachel’s gift is Kurt Stein’s School of Music.

Nancy Heykes – Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award, sponsored by Thrivent Financial. Charities supported with Nancy’s gift are Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, Fox Valley Memory Project, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, IndUS of Fox Valley and Nonprofit Leadership Initiative.

Bob DeKoch – Paul and Elaine Groth Mentoring Award, sponsored by Mielke Family Foundation. Charities supported with Bob’s gift are The Building for Kids and The New North.

Jim and Sue Spierings – Health Care Volunteer Award, sponsored by Ascension and ThedaCare. Charity supported with Jim and Sue’s gift is Spierings Cancer Foundation.

Cheri Duchrow – Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by The Post-Crescent. Charities supported with Cheri’s gift are St. Patrick’s and New Hope Churches, Life Promotions, Sexual Assault Crisis Center and Clothing Across America.

Renee Ulman – Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in Arts, sponsored by Thrivent Financial. Charity supported with Renee’s gift is Makaroff Youth Ballet.

Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs and McMAHON – Business Partnership Award, sponsored by SECURA Insurance. Charity supported with this gift is Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs.

Mary Downs

2017 Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year Award

Sponsored By The Post-Crescent

Marie Waddell

2017 Dan P. Spalding Volunteer Educator Award

Sponsored By School Specialty

Jane Dwyre Garton

2017 Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award

Sponsored By Thrivent Financial

2017 Recipients

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Kaylie Bittner

2017 Youth Scholarship Award

Sponsored By Community First Credit Union

Carolyn Ragusett

2017 Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in the Arts

Sponsored By Thrivent Financial

Lee Hillstrom

2017 Health Care Volunteer Award

Sponsored By Ascension and ThedaCare

Sally Podoski

2017 Paul & Elaine Groth Mentoring Award

Sponsored By Mielke Family Foundation

United Way and Kimberly-Clark for the Fox Cities Diaper Bank

2017 Business Partnership Award

Sponsored By SECURA Insurance