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Introducing our 2019 Celebrating Volunteers winners!

Posted on Mar 6, 2019, by

The 2019 Celebrating Volunteers awardees have been selected! Each year we celebrate the people in the Fox Valley 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 to the winners during the 22nd Celebrating Volunteers community gala May 1, 2019, in downtown Appleton. The event at the Red Lion Hotel is $35 per person, $350 per table of 10. Registration will be open March 1.

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).

Here are the 2019 Celebrating Volunteers winners:

Cindy Reffke
Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year Award
Sponsor: The Post-Crescent

Dick Calder
Paul & Elaine Groth Mentoring Award
Sponsor: Mielke Family Foundation

Kayla Schuh
Health Care Volunteer Award
Sponsor: Ascension and ThedaCare

Karla Huston
Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in the Arts
Sponsor: Thrivent Financial

Sharon Hulce
Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award
Sponsor: Thrivent Financial

Community First Credit Union Programs &
Sexual Assault Crisis Center
Business Partnership of the Year Award
Sponsor: SECURA Insurance

Sydney Olmsted
Youth Scholarship Award
Sponsor: Community First Credit Union

Since 1998, award sponsors have given $691,000 to local charities selected by their award recipients!

You can read more aout the award categories: Arts Award, Business Partnership, Health Care, Volunteer Educator, Janet Berry Volunteer, Mentor and Community Leadership.

The event honors the volunteer spirit of Paul and Elaine Groth, who died in an automobile accident in 1997. The Community Foundation and The Post-Crescent have co-sponsored the gala since it began.

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