Community volunteers honored at 2011 Evening of Stars event - April 14 2011

OSHKOSH, WI -- The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation in partnership with the Oshkosh Northwestern presented awards to 28 remarkable volunteers Wednesday, April 13, 2011, during An Evening of Stars.

Nearly 300 people gathered at the Oshkosh Convention Center for the event, held every other year since 2003. Recipients in six major award categories received $2,500 to a charity of their choice. Volunteers at Oshkosh area nonprofits also were awarded by their respective agencies as volunteers of the year.

"Hopefully, hearing about these volunteers and honoring their service is an inspiration and will provide a spark for each of us to carry on with our volunteer efforts, or to begin volunteering for a cause close to our hearts," said Stew Rieckman, executive editor and general manager of the Oshkosh Northwestern.


The Unsung Heroes Award, granted to the National Association of Letter Carriers Local 173 for its Stamp Out Hunger food drive, was presented for the first time in the history of the event. The award seeks to recognize a group whose grassroots effort has made a difference in the community.

Recipients in six major award categories include:
    Volunteer of the Year
    Mike Dempsey
    Business of the Year
    A Cut Above Salon & Day Spa
    Mentoring Award
    Carolyn Blassingame
    Unsung Heroes Award
    Stamp Out Hunger food drive
    National Association of Letter Carriers Local 173
    UW-Oshkosh Community Engagement Award
    (Each receives $1,250 for charity of choice.)
    Dr. David Siemers and Dr. Andrew Robson
    Youth Volunteer of the Year/Youth Award Scholarship
    (Each receives $1,250 scholarship.)
    Sarah Benish, Oshkosh North High School
    Donald Thomas "DT" McDonald, Oshkosh Lourdes High School

Nonprofit agency Volunteer of the Year award recipients include:
  • Paul Bomier (deceased), Clarity Care Inc.
  • Bev McCarthy, Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin
  • Mallory Fhlug, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services
  • Darla Leuthold, Hooper Community Center
  • Ethel Krumenauer, Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh Inc.
  • Karry Vanden Heuvel, Mercy Medical Center-Affinity Health System
  • Jack Talin, Oshkosh Area Community Pantry
  • Meghann Kasper, Oshkosh Area Humane Society
  • James Chitwood, Oshkosh Area United Way
  • Jane Kuhn, Oshkosh Community YMCA
  • Ted Hoff, Oshkosh Family Inc./Meals on Wheels
  • Judy Bauer, Oshkosh Opera House Foundation
  • Virginia Jungwith, Oshkosh Public Library
  • Lori Renning, Oshkosh Downtown Rotary
  • Becky Metz, Oshkosh Rotary Southwest
  • Vicki Gilbert, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra
  • Kristy Bradish, Paint Art Center and Gardens
  • Robert Beese, Park View Health Center
  • Mary Brechlin, Reach Counseling Services
  • Dave Reuter, Winnebago CountyWide Crime Stoppers

  • Sponsors of An Evening of Stars include Community First Credit Union, Mercy Medical Center-Affinity Health System and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

    The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.

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