unitedwayleadership149FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2014

More than 90 local companies were honored for their philanthropy and leadership at United Way of Dane County’s first annual Leadership Giving Thank You Breakfast.

On February 6, United Way of Dane County held its first ever Leadership Giving Thank You Breakfast at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. This event focused on celebrating the collective impact of over 90 local companies and the several thousand local leadership level philanthropists who made United Way of Dane County’s 2013 campaign a record breaking success. This event was sponsored by Alliant Energy, Hooper Corporation, Madison Gas and Electric Company, American Girl and the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club.

“Leadership Givers are United Way’s most generous supporters and are essential in our community’s efforts to tackle Dane County’s most serious issues,” says Jim McNulty Senior Vice President of Business Banking at Oak Bank and Key Club Committee Co-Chair. “Key Club and Rosenberry Members, through their philanthropy and volunteerism, are setting an example of caring and commitment for others where we work and live. Most recently, their gifts housed 401 local children who would otherwise be homeless. Thank you.”

More than 200 local community and business leaders attended the celebration. The event focused on illustrating the impact of leadership giving on ending family homelessness in Dane County with keynote speaker Doug Strub, President of Meridian Group and Vice Chair of the United Way Basic Needs Community Solution Team, who spoke of  the Housing First model as a research-based way to end family homelessness in Dane County. “United Way’s Housing First strategy helps families achieve a stable housing situation before and while addressing the other issues that contributed to their homelessness,” says Strub. “Housing First works to end family homelessness by giving families the tools to become or remain stably housed by providing intensive case management, financial counseling, and building landlord/tenant connections to prevent eviction.”

Businesses who lead this effort also were recognized for their achievements with special Key Club awards. In addition, Key Club Coordinators and Rosenberry Ambassadors who lead the efforts in their individual companies were also recognized. (see attached)

It’s not too late to get involved with United Way. People who are interested in supporting United Way can do so in the following ways:

Make a Gift to United Way:

Give through your workplace campaign, start a workplace campaign at your organization or business, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org, call (608) 246-4350, or send contributions to United Way of Dane County, PO Box 7548, Madison WI, 53707-7548. We invite every member of the Dane County community to participate!

Volunteer throughout the year:

Visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org and click on “Volunteer Now” or call United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 246-4357.


Largest Key Club Donor Increase:
Recognizes an organization that has the largest percent increase in the number of new Key Club members.

CUNA Mutual Group

Largest Key Club Dollars Increase:
Recognizes an organization that generates the largest increase in Key Club giving.

CUNA Mutual Group

Largest Percent Increase in Key Club Dollars:
Recognizes an organization that generate the largest percentage increase in Key Club dollars.

Perkins Coie

Largest Average Key Club Gift:
Recognizes an organization for having the largest average Key Club gift.

Meridian Group, Inc.


Karianne Bauer, American Girl
Brigette Best, Capital Newspapers
Steven Boeder, The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
Pamela Cross-Leone, Madison Gas and Electric Company
Amanda Dean, Alliant Energy
Julie Diemer, Flad Architects
Sharon Egan, AnchorBank fsb
Kaya Freiman, American Transmission Company
Peter Gray, The QTI Group
Kristine Grigas, Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Erik Johnson, Hy Cite Corporation
Lee Kampa,  UW Credit Union
Michael Kosolcharoen, Johnson Bank
Chad Luetkens, Wisconsin Distributors, Inc.
Mark Meloy, First Business
Patricia Meyer, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation
Brian Morrison, Covance, Inc.
Edward Murphy, Sub-Zero Wolf, Inc.
Kenneth Muth, American Family Insurance
Meg Prestigiacomo, Robert W. Baird & Company, Inc.
Treater Prestine, American Family Insurance
Brody Richter, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, S.C.
Sverre Roang, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
Robert Schaller, Hooper Corporation
Scott Schmitz, Stoughton Hospital Association
Marianne Siess, University of Wisconsin Foundation
Joann Solberg, AAA Wisconsin
Kirt Soukup, BMO Harris Bank
Dorothy Steffens, Credit Union National Association
Gary Strohm, Strohm Ballweg LLP
Robert Stroud, Stroud, Willink & Howard, LLC
Stephanie Thompson, UW Credit Union


David Bartholomew, CUNA Mutual Group
Brigette Best, Capital Newspapers
Nicholas Bodwin, Town Bank
Katie Bolen-Irwin, UW Credit Union
Michael Campi, Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods
Edward Chady, Dean Clinic
Katie Daniel, Wegner CPAs
Allison Evans, M3 Insurance
Melissa Fellows, Associated Bank
Grant Foster, Dean Clinic
Emily Greb, Perkins Coie
Glen Haag, Park Bank
Jason Hagenow, Meridian Group, Inc.
John Hager, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Scott Hausmann, Hausmann-Johnson Insurance, Inc.
Anthony Hayes, Strand Associates, Inc.
Andrew Hebl, Boardman & Clark LLP
Ashley Hein, Exact Sciences
Hayley Hellenbrand, Capitol Insurance Companies
Chase Horne, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, S.C.
Andrew Justman, Madison Investment Advisors, LLC
Matthew Karnick, First Business
Trenton Kleist, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Matthew Lee, Foley & Lardner LLP
Chad Luetkens, Wisconsin Distributors, Inc.
Christine Luetkens, The QTI Group
Tarah Martin, NGL Insurance Group
Mayra Medrano, Madison Gas and Electric Company
Elizabeth Moyer, APS Healthcare
Caroline Mueller, Kennedy Communications
Richard Nelson, First Business
Benjamin Niebuhr, Alliant Energy
Jason Oswald, Wegner CPAs
Nick Pelzer, Dane County Humane Society
Kristin Rucinski, The Road Home Dane County, Inc.
Kristin Schmidt, Kennedy Communications
Donald Stroud, III, Stroud, Willink & Howard, LLC
Kathleen Walker, McGladrey
Jenna Weber, SVA
Kendra Whipple, American Family Insurance

About Our Community’s Agenda for Change


  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.


  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.


  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

 United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County. To learn more visit unitedwaydanecounty.org