Congratulations to 2016 Golden Heart Recipients and Honorees

The Volunteer Center of Door County celebrated the 14th Annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration “Follow Your Heart” on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Guests celebrated at the Stone Harbor Ballroom honoring the incredible work of Door County volunteers and the agencies they serve.

Barth Guilette, founder of GBL Advisors—a living and leaving legacy guide and the co-owner of CedarDoor Wealth Management in Sturgeon Bay, was the keynote speaker. Guilette spoke about leaving your legacy by getting involved in our wonderful community. Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer served as the Master of Ceremonies. Each nominee received a complimentary dinner and a crystal sun catcher created by Grace Rossman and Tara Niko Rossman.

Award recipients received $500 to donate to a Door County charity of their choice in addition to a custom designed art piece by Chad Luberger of Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery. Three youth scholarship recipients received a $500 academic scholarship.

For more information on the Volunteer Center and its Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration, call (920) 746-7704 or visit

Congratulations to the 2016 Golden Heart honorees and recipients (*) listed below.

Adult Volunteer Honorees:  Sarah Anschutz, Christ Child Society; Penny Beerntsen, Door County YMCA; Brenda Bilski, St. Peters Lutheran School; Warren Bluhm, United Way of Door County; Cheri Boock, Sister Bay Advancement Association; Gerri Friedberg, Unity Hospice; Steve Harvey, Door County Renaissance Development Group, Inc.; Jann Hermann, Sunshine House, Inc.; Donald Howard, Sister Bay Historical Society; Stephen Kase*, Legal Aid Society; Cathy Kellogg, Boys & Girls Club of Door County; Pam Jorns and Gary Nault, Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center; Beverly and Paul Ozburn, Neighbor to Neighbor.

Photo by Mann Photography.

Arts & Culture Honorees:  Bill Bauernfeind and Renee Kujawski, Sturgeon Bay High School; Mary Gilbert, Door County Historical Society; Bruce Smith, Door County Maritime Museum; Sandy Stetler*, Door County Renaissance Development Group, Inc.

Environmental Stewardship Honoree:  Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc. Heritage Gardeners*

Group Honorees:  Boys & Girls Club of Door County Facilities Committee (Tim Herlache, Arleigh Porter, Lori Vorpahl and Rich Board); Door County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Fruitcake Team; Door County Humane Society PetSmart Volunteers; Door County YMCA KaBOOM Playground Project; Door-Tran Radiation Ralliers*; Lakeshore Community Action Program Food Pantry Volunteers; NE Wisconsin Leader Dog Puppy Project (Bob & Jane Goggins and Maggie & Jeff Weir); Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative

Youth Scholarship Recipients:  Zeb Keihlar, Southern Door High School; Katie Mitoraj, Sturgeon Bay High School; Audrey Sitte, Gibraltar High School

Lifetime of Service:  Susan Anderson; Karen Bournoville, Door County Medical Center; Miriam Erickson, Birch Creek Music Performance Center; George Evenson, Door County Historical Society; Jane Stevenson, Women’s Fund of Door County; Scott Weborg*

The Volunteer Center is pleased to host this community-building event to support volunteerism in Door County with support from Door County Medical Center, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Grace Rossman, CFP, Wisconsin Public Service and Baylake Bank.

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