We Live in a Giving Community

Thursday, March 19, 2015


2013 Daniel P. Spalding, Volunteer Educator Award; Merry Whipple & Rainy

Contributor: Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way Fox Cities

I think that this is a very special place to live. I have had the opportunity to live in New York, Ohio, North Carolina, and Georgia. When my family had the option to move back to Wisconsin, we felt it was a great place to come home to.

The people who live here are the reason. This is a giving community and it is reflected in our wonderful volunteers. The annual Celebrate Our Volunteers event will be held on April 16th at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. Eight local volunteers/organizations will be honored for their contributions to community service, health care, youth leadership, mentoring, business/nonprofit partnership and collaboration, the arts and education.

This year's recipients are:

  • Aerotek & St. Joseph Food Program; Business Partnership of the Year Award
  • Candice Zehner; Youth Scholarship Award
  • John Bergstrom; Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year Award
  • David Bond; Health Care Volunteer Award
  • Roger Bertschausen; Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award
  • Jim Heiks; Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in the Arts
  • Lesanne Bohannon & Cindy Buchta; Daniel P. Spalding Volunteer Educator Award
  • Sue Kinde; Paul & Elaine Groth Mentoring Award

This is a memorable night. You will be impressed, inspired, and generally wowed by the stories of this year's recipients, artfully told through videos produced by Image Studios. Kudos go to The Post-Crescent and Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region for co-sponsoring the event. United Way Fox Cities is proud to be a supporter, along with the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin, Kimberly-Clark, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Fox Valley Technical College, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Community First Credit Union, Image Studios, WHBY and WBAY-Channel 2.

Award sponsors include SECURA Insurance, Community First Credit Union, The Post-Crescent, Affinity Health System, ThedaCare, Thrivent Financial, School Specialty and the Mielke Family Foundation.

Tickets are $30 per person and reservations can be made before April 8th online. Questions can be directed to the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region at (920) 830-1290.