Golden Heart Honorees Announced

The 2013 Golden Heart recipients.

Tickets are now available for the 12th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration to be held April 24 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Billed as the “feel good event of the year,” this event honors outstanding volunteers in our community, recognizes the importance of the organizations through which they work and supports the Volunteer Center’s programming.

Nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of judges representing different areas in our community. The 2014 Golden Heart Honorees are:


Ted & Dee Chaudoir

Wayne & Diane Cornette

Barbara Dunlap

Terry & Pam Goode

Pat Heller

Kris Husby-Nelson

Nancy Kexel-Calabresa

Steven & Melissa Kugel

Joan Schultz

Shirley Senarighi

Jenny Walker

Arts & Culture

Jocelyn Barnes, Third Avenue Playhouse

Door County Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Building Class Instructors

Joan Cuasta, Birch Creek Music Performance Center

The Broom Squad – Pete Schuster, Peninsula Players

Sandra Stetler, Door County Renaissance Development Group

Dianne Trenchard, Peninsula Music Festival

Environmental Stewardship

Bill Utley & Steve Wilkie, Preserve Stewards Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve

Recycling Volunteers, Door County Habitat for Humanity


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Door High School

Birch Creek Associates

Christ Child Society

Door County Humane Society Volunteers

Door-Tran Volunteer Transportation Drivers

Medical Equipment Loan Program Volunteers, Neighbor to Neighbor

Pirates in the Harbor

The Stephens Family—Brian, Amy, Maggie & Ben, Door County YMCA

Lifetime of Service

Inge Bacon

Cassie Cibik-Moeller

Nancy Hutchinson

Barb & John McCormick


Kylie Straub, Gibraltar School District

Josie Kielar, Southern Door School District

Samantha Moeller, Sturgeon Bay School District

During the celebration, each honoree will be individually recognized and presented with a nomination gift designed by Tara Nikko Rossman. The five award recipients will receive a custom designed art piece by Plum Bottom Pottery plus $500 to designate to a Door County charity of their choice.

Scott Johnson, president and publisher of Press-Gazette Media, is keynoting this year’s event and Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer, philanthropist and women’s health advocate, will be returning as Master of Ceremonies. Tickets are $35 and available only in advance through the Volunteer Center at 920.746.7704.