Awards & Honors

Annually, we honor local businesses and individuals with a high level of commitment to helping us achieve our mission to improve lives and strengthen communities. They are honored at our Annual Meeting in February.

Congratulations to these very deserving award recipients!

GIVE Award

Brenengen Auto Group

The GIVE Award recognizes donors who realize the importance of Great Rivers United Way and continually support us with financial contributions.

Brenengen Auto Group receives the 2019 honor. Not only do they run an outstanding campaign that continues to increase every year, they hold special events, such as this year’s Giving Tuesday fundraiser for Read to Success. Much of this is thanks to the passion of Roger Thornton, a former Campaign Co-Chair and current board member. Roger makes sure that every employee at Brenengen hears and understands the United Way message.


Cheryl Dutton

The ADVOCATE Award recognizes strong voices in support of Great Rivers United Way.

The 2019 award goes to a person who not only has been a member of many committees at United Way, but has a true commitment to telling our story. Cheryl Dutton began her first six-year term as a United Way Board member in 1996. She was instrumental, at that time, in getting our message out to La Crosse Footwear employees. Now, in her second term, her commitment to us has intensified. Cheryl not only wants to get the employees of Altra Federal Credit Union involved by donating and volunteering, but voices her support of United Way throughout our community.


Bobbi Schmidt

The VOLUNTEER Award is given to those who donate their precious time to Great Rivers United Way.

Our winner for 2019, Bobbi Schmidt, has been volunteering for our third-grade reading tutor program, Read to Success, since 2017. It was not long after she began volunteering that Bobbi realized that the time she was spending with her students not only made a difference in their lives, but hers, as well. Bobbi is passionate about volunteer work and wants to get others involved.

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