Volunteer Awards and Thank You Event

Greater Mankato Area United Way’s Volunteer Awards & Thank You event takes place each February to recognize our volunteers’ commitment to improving people’s lives in our region.


2023 Volunteer Thank You Event

Thursday, February 23

Check-In Begins: 11:30 AM

Program/Lunch: 12–1 PM 

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Mankato Playhouse

12 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001

City of Mankato parking information

 

2023 Volunteer Thank You Event Sponsor:
 

Atwoodc21 gold

 

Previous Volunteer Award Winners

United Way Board Chair:

Kevin Velasquez, Blethen Berens

 

United Way 2022 Campaign Chair:

Melanie VanRoekel, United Prairie Bank

 

Volunteer of the Year Award (2):

Shirley Lawrence, retired

Sharon Olsen, retired

 

Community Impact Volunteer Award:

Steve Weisbecker, Lloyd Management

 

Community Champion Award (2):

Kaila Vollmer, Navitor Specialty Products

Scott Weilage, Wealth Centers of America

 

Partner Agency Champion Award:

Brandy Brink, Melinda Keim & Rick Sullivan, Beyond Brink Recovery Housing

 

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Award (3):

Regional Sector: Amanda Kolander, Jay Zender State Farm Insurance

Public/Nonprofit Sector: Crystal Olson, Greater Mankato Growth

Private Sector: Carrie Verschelde, Atwood Management

2021 Campaign Chair:
Jessica Blais, Country 103.5 - Alpha Media

Volunteer of the Year Award:
Steve Weisbecker, Lloyd Management

Community Impact Volunteer Award:
Eric Boelter, Community Bank

Community Champion Award:
Kate Cox, Project for Teens
Nate Erickson, Ophthalmology Associates

Partner Agency Champion Award:
Jenny Stratton, Connecting Kids

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Award:
Private Sector – Rick Sellner, Dotson Iron Castings
Public Sector – Justin Neumann, Mankato Department of Public Safety
Regional Sector – Bill Gronseth, St. Peter Public Schools

Click here to watch our 2021 volunteer recognition videos. 

2020 Campaign Chair: Mike Kunkel, CCF Bank

Volunteer of the Year: Matt Norland, Meyer & Norland Financial Group

Community Impact Volunteer of the Year: Justin Neumann, City of Mankato

Community Champion: Tasha O’Hara, (MIO) Mankato Independent Originals

Regional Champion: Diane Beckmann, Thrivent Financial - Waseca

Partner Champion: Ray Brauer, Boy Scouts

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Paul Peterson, District #77

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Private ECLs of the Year: Colin McKissick & Christine Hodges, NIDEC/Kato Engineering

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Regional ECLs of the Year: Brandon Mohr & Kayla Cremers, TBEI


View photos of the 2020 Thank You Luncheon

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2019 Campaign Chair: Shane Van Engen, Frandsen Bank & Trust

Volunteers of the Year: Melissa Bradley, Snell Motors & Kevin Velasquez, Blethen Berens

Community Impact Volunteer of the Year: Brianna Kerry, Capstone

Community Champion: Cory Abels, CCF Bank

Partner Champion: Jen Theneman, Partners for Affordable Housing

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Meghan Velasquez, VINE Faith in Action

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Private ECL of the Year: Katie Dougall, Navitor Specialty Products

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Regional ECL of the Year: Heather Ahlers, Agropur, Inc.

Board Chair: Kay Wallerich, Wallerich Consulting

2018 Campaign Chair: Eric Boelter, Community Bank

Volunteer of the Year: Jolene Wall, US Bank

Community Impact Volunteer of the Year: Patrick Baker, Greater Mankato Growth

Community Champion: Tonya Hobbie, Bolton & Menk

Partner Champions: Vickie Apel, SMILES & Garry Hart, SMART Transit

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Iris Clark, Open Door Health Center

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Private ECLs of the Year: Stephanie Sandey, Navitor & Susan Weingartz, Navitor

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Regional ECL of the Year: JaDee Pals, TBEI

Volunteer of the Year: Lori Benike, SCHEELS

Community Impact Volunteer Award: Trisha Rosenfeld, Xcel Energy

Community Champions: George & Jess, Country 103, Alpha Media

Partner Champion: Cheryl Hamond, Mankato Family YMCA

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Barb Macrafic, District #77

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Private ECL of the Year: Mike Kunkel, Pioneer Bank

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Regional ECLs of the Year: Cody Mulcahy & Amy Martius, Cinch in Waseca

Community Impact Volunteer of the Year: Katie Smentek, Mankato Clinic

Community Champion: Jeff Lang (Stunt Monkey), Radio Mankato

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Jeff Johnson & his committee, City of Mankato

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Regional ECLs of the Year: Emily Nelson, Round Bank

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Private ECL of the Year: Jeremy Pieper, Ridley

Volunteer of the Year: Jolinda Grabinowski

 

 

Volunteer of the Year: Phil Slingsby, SCHEELS