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Celebrating Volunteers

Honoring Those Who Give from the Heart

A community celebration of volunteering – April 26, 2018
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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 seven categories will be presented during the 21st Celebrating Volunteers community gala April 26, 2018, 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

Nancy Heykes – Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award, sponsored by Thrivent Financial

Bob DeKoch – Paul and Elaine Groth Mentoring Award, sponsored by Mielke Family Foundation

Jim and Sue Spierings – Health Care Volunteer Award, sponsored by Ascension and ThedaCare

Cheri Duchrow – Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by The Post-Crescent

Renee Ulman – Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in Arts, sponsored by Thrivent Financial

Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs and McMAHON – Business Partnership Award, sponsored by SECURA Insurance

Marie Waddell

2017 Dan P. Spalding Volunteer Educator Award

Sponsored By School Specialty

Kaylie Bittner

2017 Youth Scholarship Award

Sponsored By Community First Credit Union

Jane Dwyre Garton

2017 Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award

Sponsored By Thrivent Financial

2017 Recipients

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Carolyn Ragusett

2017 Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in the Arts

Sponsored By Thrivent Financial

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

2017 Business Partnership Award

Sponsored By SECURA Insurance

Mary Downs

2017 Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year Award

Sponsored By The Post-Crescent

Sally Podoski

2017 Paul & Elaine Groth Mentoring Award

Sponsored By Mielke Family Foundation

Lee Hillstrom

2017 Health Care Volunteer Award

Sponsored By Ascension and ThedaCare