United Way Honored Supporters at Thank You Celebration January 11th

United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties thanked its many supporters Wednesday night during the Thank You and Recognition Celebration at Bullseye Golf Club.  “We have many things to be thankful for,” said Tari Jahns, CEO.  “Our donors, our volunteers, and for the caring communities that we live in.” Thank you to our event sponsors ERCO Worldwide and United Way Board of Directors.


During the Thank You Celebration we thanked ours donors - in particular, those in one of our “Giving Communities”

  • Leadership Givers - supporters who give $500 or more
  • Loyal Contributors - supporters who have been donating for 10 or more years
  • 365 Small Business Circle – small businesses who donate at least $365 and receive a window-cling to display
  • Our 2022 Sweepstakes Winners and Sponsors


We gave special recognition to organizations and businesses who had outstanding United Way campaigns and qualified for an award.  The Per Capita Awards recognized organizations with high per capita giving; The Participation Awards go to organizations with high participation rates; The Per Capita and Participation Awards come in three levels:  Gold, Silver and Bronze.


Per Capita Gold Awards ($150+)

  • Nekoosa Public Schools District Office
  • Paper City Savings
  • Paul Gross Jewelers
  • Solarus
  • United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties


Per Capita Silver Awards ($100 - $149)

  • ERCO Worldwide
  • Doorworks, Inc.
  • NextHome Partners


Per Capita Bronze Awards ($70 - $99)

  • Prevail Bank
  • Rapids Ford, LLC
  • Wisconsin Rapids Family Center
  • WoodTrust Bank


Participation Gold Awards (95 – 100%)

  • Nekoosa Public Schools District Office – 100%
  • NextHome Partners – 100%
  • United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties – 100%
  • Wisconsin Rapids Family Center – 100%


Participation Silver Awards (90-94%)

  • KeySavings Bank – 94%


Participation Bronze Awards (75-89%)

  • Paul Gross Jewelers – 94%


We also thanked our volunteers who made the campaign a success, including our 2022 Campaign Chair Craig Broeren; and our 2022 Loaned Executives

  • Brian Ashbeck, Prevail Bank
  • Tami Barber, Aspirus Health
  • Jill Finup, US Bank
  • Brian Hanson, Community Member
  • Chris Inda, NextHome Partners
  • Javan Radtke, WoodTrust Bank


Finally, we thanked all other organizations who did so much for United Way this past campaign, including businesses who held special events or donated raffle items or in-kind services.  These organizations received the “LIVE UNITED Award” for their special contributions to our campaign.

  • Aspirus Health – Sweepstakes Sponsorship
  • Bank-A-Count Corp. – Community Shred Day
  • WFHR/WIRI, Civic Media – Promoting United Way in 2022
  • Domtar – Dolly Parton Imagination Program Sponsor & Paper Donation for Newsletter
  • Don Mancl – Landscaping/Newsletter Delivery
  • Gundersen Moundview Hospital & Clinic – Sweepstakes Sponsorship
  • Heart of Wisconsin Media LLC – Promoting United Way in 2022
  • McMillan Memorial Library – Meeting Space
  • NextHome Partners – Sweepstakes Sponsorship
  • Prevail Bank – Community Shred Day, Meeting Space & Sweepstakes Sponsorship
  • Quality Plus Printing – In-kind Printing of Newsletter & “Season of Giving” Coloring Book Project
  • Williams Plumbing & Heating – Sweepstakes Sponsorship
  • Wisconsin Rapids City Times/Buyer’s Guide – Promoting United Way in 2022
  • Wisconsin Rapids Rotary Foundation – Building Improvements


Sweepstakes Sponsors

$1,000 Sweepstakes Sponsors from Aspirus Health, NextHome Partners, Prevail Bank & Williams Plumbing and Heating accepted awards for their organization during the United Way Thank You Celebration on January 11th. Not Pictured:  Representative from Gundersen Moundview Hospital & Clinic