Community Leaders and Organizations recognized at 2013 Gold Awards

United Way Celebrates 2012 Campaign and Those Who Impacted the Community

On Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley honored area businesses and individuals who have significantly contributed to improving quality of life in the Chippewa Valley.

L.E. Phillips Libertas Treatment Center of Chippewa Falls was the proud recipient of the Nonprofit Excellence Award for their dedication to providing crucial mental health services to those who would otherwise not be served, and for their advocacy for individuals with behavioral health and substance abuse.

Bernard “Buni” Willi was presented with the Humanitarian Award for his life-long commitment to community improvement, including over 20 years of support and active volunteerism with the Chippewa Area Mentor Program.

Jan Proctor, program director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, received the Senn Award for over 30 years of outstanding dedication and leadership in helping to establish the local chapter as a national leader of Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations. The Senn Award was established by Kaye and Steve Senn in 1998 to honor an individual’s leadership in the nonprofit sector.

The Spirit of the Chippewa Valley Award, the highest honor given by United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley to a business, was presented to CliftonLarsonAllen for their avid support of United Way and the community by being a Business Best 25 contributor, and by a strong corporate culture of volunteerism and community activism.

Other awards presented include: The Day of Caring Award, presented to Xcel Energy for their team’s significant efforts during United Way’s largest single volunteer event; . The Keystone Award, presented to Karin Schuler for her work as an employee campaign coordinator at Premium Waters, Inc.; and the Outstanding Emerging Leader Award, presented to Nate Steffenhagen of IBM for his strong leadership as a member of the United Way Emerging Leaders society.

United Way’s Business Best 25 were also honored. Combined, their contributions total over $1,278,000. Click here to see a full list of Gold Award honorees and award winners. Photos of the event available at