United Way Recognizes Standout Volunteers

NORTH MANKATO—United Way held its annual Thank You Event on Friday, February 17 at South Central College to honor its volunteers from the past year and recognize award winners in several categories.


The event was sponsored by Scheels.


Volunteers are an essential part of United Way’s mission. More than 800 community members volunteered with United Way for the 2017 Campaign, serving at events, planning committees, employee campaign rallies and much more.


United Way’s 2017 Campaign surpassed its goal of $2 million.


 2017 Greater Mankato Area United Way Volunteer Awards


United Way 2017 Campaign Chair:

Brandon Scheel, Scheels


Community Impact Volunteer Award:

Trisha Rosenfeld, Xcel Energy


United Way Community Champions:

George & Jess Blais, Country 103.5


United Way Partner Champion:

Cheryl Hamond, YMCA


Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year:

Barb Macrafic, District #77

Amy Martius & Cody Mulcahy, Cinch

Mike Kunkel, Pioneer Bank


Volunteer of the Year:

Lori Benike, Scheels


--February 17, 2017