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2016 Award Winners


Future Neenah celebrates the outstanding partnerships that helped us achieve community success in 2016. Neenah, WI- Future Neenah recognized the following individuals and businesses that, through partnerships, made serving as Neenah’s quality of life organization a success in 2016. These honorees have hearts for community service and a love of Neenah Area.

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Corporate Citizen of the Year Award:  Community First Credit Union

Community First Credit Union was recognized for extraordinary contributions by a business to the overall quality of life enjoyed in our community. This award acknowledges both civic leadership and sponsorship. “True to their ‘We’ll Find A Way’ of doing business and serving their customers, Community First made a significant investment to connecting communities with their gift toward the Navigate Neenah-Menasha trestle project and they encouraged business and member matches. Their willingness to jump onboard with our new community events and initiatives has been tremendous. They were first in line to say ‘yes’ to hosting the community ice cream social celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Shattuck Park and Future Neenah’s new Farm to Table event. They have also been the guiding the sleigh with the Rudolph Run kick off to the Very Neenah Christmas event for years,” stated Future Neenah Executive Director Amy Barker. Future-Neenah-Adam-Shea-Photography-0003 KRUEGERS

Friend of Neenah Award: Kruegers True Value

Kruegers was recognized for outstanding, positive influence on the community. Their civic participation has made a significant impact in Neenah. “It’s not often we are able to recognize a businesses for such a long standing commitment to the community and we are so proud to be able to do so for Kruegers. 2016 marked their 150th year in business! They are a true Neenah institution and provide ‘True Value’ to the community whenever and wherever they can while improving quality of life one project at a time,” said Executive Director Amy Barker.

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Volunteer of the Year Award:  Bob Gillespie

Volunteers are the unsung heroes and the unpaid staff of the nonprofit organization. The volunteer of the year gives significantly and unselfishly of their time to the organization, this is especially true of Bob. “Bob was a diehard StreetBall fan for the entire 25 year history of the event. To our recollection, he is the only volunteer who was engaged in making this event a Neenah institution for the full quarter century! In true baller style, Bob was on the streets at the crack of dawn meticulously laying out and taping courts while also being involved in the game plan behind the scenes ensuring event success,” said Barker.

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Downtown Business of the Year Award: Lion’s Tail Brewing Co.

Lion’s Tail was recognized for embracing the Downtown brand of “Downtown. Unequaled.” “Cheers to Lion’s Tail for being a true friend to Future Neenah and Downtown Neenah in some very creative ways from an involvement and a Downtown improvement perspective. Lion’s Tail created a special lager in celebration of StreetBall’s anniversary year and Alex Wenzel is always willing to put out the welcome mat whether it is for a concert rain location, a networking event, Ultimate Ladies Day, Warm Your Heart or a brews and brainstorm. He also seeks ways to collaborate with fellow brew masters and beer hobbyists,” stated Barker. “Neenah had been seeking a microbrewery and there couldn’t be a better match for the heart of our Downtown.”

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Civic Partner of the Year Award:  Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity

Future Neenah recognized the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity and its staff as an organization that exemplifies partnership with the community, a group with which Future Neenah has been able to unite forces to enrich the quality of life in the community especially with the Rock the Block initiative. “This award is in recognition of their efforts to visibly make a difference in the greater Neenah Area and surrounding Valley with their Rock the Block neighborhood improvement initiative. Their community partnership helps to create not just a place to live but a home while also improving the surrounding community. We are grateful for their collaboration and impact on our community,” praised Barker.

 Awards were presented by Future Neenah Board and Staff Members. Photos by Adam Shea Photography.