Brian Wuest of Hartford,
left, smiles as he talks with Dave Christianson of
Sussex on Thursday night during the Hartford Area
Chamber of Commerce annual dinner at the Chandelier
Ballroom in Hartford.
John Ehlke/Daily News
Volunteers and supporters of the Hartford community were
honored Thursday night at the Chandelier Ballroom as
part of the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual
“This year, we celebrate our 96th year of supporting,
promoting and nurturing growth in the Hartford area,”
said Chamber Executive Director Scott Henke. “In August,
the Chamber Board and the Business Improvement District
Board partnered to collaborate in planning and
implementing events in our beautiful Downtown. The
Chamber assumes the responsibility and control of these
events with assistance from the BID.”
Henke called the evening “an opportunity to showcase and
promote the successes of our business community.” As
attendees entered the building they were greeted with a
showcase of products that are made in Hartford. The
keynote address was also given by local inventors Rick
Fellow and Beth Kuehl, the inventors of the Great Plate,
Great Cup and Great Coaster.
Named as 2017 award winners at the dinner were:
June Krueger and Kathy Hostad of the Hartford Food
Pantry — Volunteers of the Year. The other nominees
included: Christa Gavin of First Bank Financial Centre,
Jason Wix and Wendy Smith from Faith & Giggles, Katie
Olsen of Tis the Season Holiday Lighting, Lee Ann
Boudwine of Support the Troops, Martha Kolins of
Associated Bank and Wendy Dulak of Downtown Lights.
Hartford Union High School Administrator Attila Weninger
was presented the Rookie of the Year award in
recognition of excelling and giving back to the
community making Hartford a better place. The other
nominees were: Kevin Fulsher of Kept Clean Service,
Kayla Gerard of Local Collective and Pete Wiedmeyer of
Danny and Wendy Dulak received the President’s Award.
The Legacy Award was presented to Shimon Funeral Home,
Staffing Support Specialists and First Bank financial
Center. The other nominees included: The Chandelier
Ballroom, East Side Lumber, First National Bank and
“All three of the winners are celebrating 20 years in
business and they all started in the same month in
1997,” Henke said.
Deb Holtan was presented with the Hartford Achievement
Award. The award goes to individuals who are dedicated
and support the Hartford Community both in business and
civic functions. The other nominees were Danny and Wendy
Dulak of Second Chance Ventures, Julie Wilk of the Pink
Pumpkin Run and Diane Mayer from Salon Effervescence.
Schnorenberg Floor Covering was presented with the
Business of the Year Award. The other nominees included:
Broan, Lotus Be Well, Mineshaft, Quad/Graphics, Second
Chance Ventures and the Shimon Funeral Home.
Before the awards were handed out, Henke described the
past year as a busy one for the Chamber.
“Our Chamber has provided leadership to Dodge County’s
tourism entity, Discover Dodge and also participated in
the HUHS Strategic Plan: 2020 Create Our Future. We have
also contributed to the Downtown Revitalization
Committee with time, talent and treasure,” Henke said.
“This Committee is responsible for the buzz that is
happening on Main Street, bringing new businesses, a
60-unit Cobblestone hotel and a renewed investment in
our community. But the Chamber’s collaboration doesn’t
end on Main Street. In October, the Hartford Area
Development Corporation moved into our Sumner Street
location creating a Strong alliance for economic
development in the Hartford community.
“Your Hartford Chamber continues to use the four pillars
— information, development, networking and tourism — to
support and nurture growth in the Hartford area,” Henke
2018 Chamber of Commerce officers include: Past
President Tony Andereck of First National Bank,
Treasurer Teresa Steger of HED, Vice President Christa
Gavin of First Bank Financial Centre and President Heidi
Schaefer of SignWorks.