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Celebrating Volunteers

Honoring Those Who Give from the Heart

A community celebration of volunteering – April 21, 2020

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 all seven categories will be presented during the 23rd Celebrating Volunteers community gala April 21, 2020, in downtown Appleton.

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

Introducing 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

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 Insurance
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 $732,000 to local charities selected by their award recipients!

Rachel Miserlian

2018 Youth Scholarship Award

Sponsored By Community First Credit Union

Nancy Heykes

2018 Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award

Sponsored By Thrivent Financial

Renee Ulman

2018 Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in Arts

Sponsored By Thrivent Financial

2018 Recipients

Hover over a recipient to learn more

Jim and Sue Spierings

2018 Health Care Volunteer Award

Sponsored By Ascension and ThedaCare

Cheri Duchrow

2018 Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored By Post-Crescent

Bob DeKoch

2018 Paul and Elaine Groth Mentoring Award

Sponsored By Mielke Family Foundation

Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs and McMAHON

2018 Business Partnership Award

Sponsored By SECURA Insurance