Celebrating Our Volunteers

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Lesanne Bohannon and Cindy Buchta received the 2015 Daniel Spalding Volunteer Educator Award.

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

For the past 19 years the Fox Cities community has gathered to honor outstanding volunteers in a very special way. Celebrating Our Volunteers began in 1998 as a partnership between The Post Crescent and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, and continues to this day. 

Eight awards are presented each year, and each award has a corporate sponsor that provides $5,000 for the award winner to designate to a charity of his/her choice. Since its inception, the eight award sponsors have given more than $597,000 to the community. 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.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Bergstrom Automotive; Business Partnership of the Year Award
  • Leah Witthuhn; Youth Scholarship Award
  • Drew and Diane MacDonald; Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year Award
  • John and Susan McFadden; Health Care Volunteer Award
  • Tom Prosser; Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award
  • Jennifer Johnson; Hanns Kretzschmar Award for Excellence in the Arts
  • Zero Tolerance: Harbor House's Peer Education Troupe; Daniel P. Spalding Volunteer Educator Award
  • Mary Poulson; Paul & Elaine Groth Mentoring Award

Join this year’s celebration dinner and awards program on Tuesday, April 19 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. Tickets are $35 per person and reservations can be made before April 12 online at www.celebratevolunteers.org. Other questions can be directed to Amazing Events at (920) 442-5354.

Hearing about the contributions of each award winner is impressive and inspiring. Wonderful videos tell each person’s story in a unique and personal way. You will leave the event feeling blessed to be a part of a community with such great volunteers.

United Way Fox Cities is proud to be a supporter of the Celebrating Our Volunteers Community Gala.