Golden Heart Awards

Photos by Jason Mann. Cake by Econo Foods.

Photos by Jason Mann.
Cake by Econo Foods.


Connecting People. Changing Lives.

2017 Golden Heart Celebration Award Winners honored!

The Golden Heart Celebration was held on Thursday, April 20!

The Volunteer Center of Door County celebrated the 15th Annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration “What a Difference You’ve Made.” on Thursday, April 20. Guests celebrated at the Stone Harbor Ballroom honoring the incredible work of Door County volunteers and the agencies they serve.

Grace Rossman shared her “three pretty good ideas” related to volunteerism. She encouraged those in attendance to use their time wisely, have a servant-heart and remember that non-profit organizations are businesses. She inspired the audience with her combination of humor, anecdotes and advice.  Pam Seiler and Dan Tjernagel 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 was given to each honoree.

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. Three youth scholarship recipients receive a $500 academic scholarship.  The 2017 award recipients are:

Adult:  Sheila Petroni, Neighbor to Neighbor

Arts & Culture:  Bill Freyman, Door County Maritime Museum

Environmental Stewardship: Jane Whitney, Bjorklunden

Group:  Door County Medical Center Auxiliary

Youth:  Kayla Marchant, Southern Door High School

Paige Sullivan, Sturgeon Bay High School

Julia DeMain, Sevastapol High School

Lifetime of Service:  Nancy Hutchinson

The Volunteer Center is pleased to host this community building event to support volunteerism in Door County with support from Door County Medical Center, Nicolet National Bank, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation and many other local businesses and organizations.