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January 6, 2021

2021 Spirit of Sheboygan County Awards

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Join us in recognizing individuals, groups or companies that have been a bright light for our community! 


This awards ceremony was created to celebrate individuals, groups, and companies that epitomize the spirit of giving throughout the year.

Meaningful community solutions aren’t possible without people, from all walks of life, rolling up their sleeves to share their time and talent. The true spirit of giving resides in the hearts of individuals that give with no expectation of anything in return. We are so lucky to have such generous people that support our community.

Award presentation
2021 Spirit Awards will be held virtually from April 26 to April 30th in a new format! Short videos will be released daily that week to announce the winners on our websiteFacebookLinkedInInstagram, and YouTube channel.

Other Questions? Contact us by calling 920-458-3425 or emailing info@uwofsc.org.

Nomination Information

Below you will find the general information about nominating a group or individual for the amazing work they are doing in our community.

Nomination Deadline
Nominations are due by the end of day on February 9, 2021. The nominations portal is now closed. All nominees will be notified of their nomination in the coming weeks.

2021 Award Category Descriptions
The categories have changed to mirror the efforts made by community members to support continued and rising needs across the county in the last year.

  • Volunteer(s) of the Year – Honors an individual volunteer (of any age) or group that embodies the spirit of giving.
  • Lifetime Achievement – Honors an individual volunteer who has exhibited a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community stewardship.
  • Outstanding Essential Worker(s) – Honors an individual or group that went above and beyond for others in our community during COVID-19.
  • Community Nonprofit Spirit Award – Honors a nonprofit organization that made a substantial impact in the community in response to COVID-19.

Who is eligible for you to nominate?
Your nominee must be a resident or group within Sheboygan County. 

Selection process
An advisory committee, made up of community volunteers and United Way Board Members, reviews all nominations to make the selection. All nominees will be notified of their nomination and their name(s) will be listed on United Way of Sheboygan County's website at that time.

Other Questions? Contact us by calling 920-458-3425 or emailing info@uwofsc.org.

Previous Spirit Award Winners

Youth Volunteer Star

  • 2020 – Chelsea Braun
  • 2019 – Allison Kreft 
  • 2018 – Dustin Eilers 
  • 2017 – Cordell Plopper 
  • 2016 – Our Savior’s Lutheran Youth Group and Confirmation Class 

Group/Team Volunteers of the Year

  • 2020 – Kohler-Andrae Friday Group
  • 2019 – Girls Reaching Out (Water wells built in Malawi)
  • 2018 – ReStore Volunteers (Habitat for Humanity)
  • 2017 – IDEAS Academy students and teacher Tim Pasche
  • 2016 – Sheboygan Symphony Carolers

Community Spirit Award Previous Winners

  • 2020 – Wells Fargo
  • 2019 – HSA Bank
  • 2018 – Sargento
  • 2017 – Johnsonville Sausage
  • 2016 – Kohler Co.

Outstanding Volunteer Board of Directors

  • 2020 – Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County
  • 2019 – RCS Employment Services Advisory Board
  • 2018 – Above & Beyond Children’s Museum
  • 2017 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County
  • 2016 – Habitat for Humanity Lakeside Board of Directors

Volunteer of the Year

  • 2020 – Larry Doolittle 
  • 2019 – Kathy Rowe
  • 2018 – Ashleigh Yonke
  • 2017 – Craig Keberly 
  • 2016 – Gerry Plehn 

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2020 – Tom Leibham
  • 2019 – Jeff Lynds
  • 2018 – Henry Jung
  • 2017 – Marge Sonnenburg
  • 2016 – Denny Moyer

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