Wisconsin Heroes Award

Recognizing exceptional Wisconsonites for their selfless contributions

(left-right) Elton Petersen, First Lady, Tonette Walker and Elton's wife, Mary Petersen

(left-right) Elton Petersen, First Lady, Tonette Walker and Elton’s wife, Mary Petersen

Wisconsin is home to some of the finest Midwestern hospitality and some of our nation’s friendliest people. Throughout the state, in small towns and big cities alike, countless individuals are eager to go the extra mile, take a stand for causes in which they believe, and use their time, effort and ideas to help make Wisconsin a better place.

Recognition is given each month to one outstanding Wisconsin resident. The first lady, Tonette Walker, visits and presents the award to the winner to say thank you for his or her willingness, compassion, and commitment to the betterment of our state.

Thanks to the Volunteer Center of Brown County for nominating 2014 Golden Heart Award winner, Elton Petersen, for the Wisconsin Hero Award.  We were so excited to have Elton selected as the June Hero!

A little more about Elton: 

Elton Petersen has been doing service for decades. During his almost 21 years of service at the Red Cross, Elton has volunteered over 5,500 hours and has provided about 10,000 rides to clients over the age of 60 and/or those who are disabled. He also has volunteered hundreds of hours delivering blood and blood products to patients in need at area hospitals. Additionally, as a member of De Pere Area Men’s club, Elton has delivered meals every week and heads a paper pick-up in De Pere every month. Elton has been involved with the De Pere Community Center since 1999. His volunteer efforts at the center consist of helping with the Nutrition Program, meal delivery, and seasonal events. On top of everything, Elton is a volunteer musician with three local bands, all of which he has played with for at least 25 years.

Thank you Elton for your years of service and for everything you do within our community!

Click HERE to see additional photos from the awards presentation.

FIRST LADY TONETTE WALKER TO PRESENT WISCONSIN HEROES AWARD IN FOND DU LAC

Dr. Joyce Keyes receives Heroes Award from WI First Lady Tonette Walker.

Dr. Joyce Keyes receives Heroes Award from WI First Lady Tonette Walker.

Dr. Joyce Keye’s has been a tremendous volunteer, leader, shoulder to cry on and American Red Cross partner.  We were able to completely surprise Joyce! (Which is extremely hard to do)! 

As the First Lady read portions of Joyce’s nomination, she started to tear-up. So did Joyce. A soft-compassion filled the room as we all understood the depths of her love for the American Red Cross and the people we serve. Even the First Lady received a hug in the middle of the presentation.  

– Barbara Behling, Communications Officer

Wisconsin’s first lady to surprise American Red Cross volunteer, Joyce Keyes, for her dedication to serving others

 Wisconsin’s first lady, Tonette Walker, will present a monthly award designed to recognize the heroic and voluntary efforts of Wisconsin residents to make the state a better place, to Joyce Keyes, American Red Cross volunteer, on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Although professionally retired as a clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Joyce Keyes is anything but as she volunteers more than 40 hours per week to the American Red Cross. She has led the Fond du Lac County Disaster Action Teams since 2005. Throughout Eastern Wisconsin, she trains others to be disaster responders, and most recently has completed all the requirements to be a National Disaster Manager. Joyce has been such a strong force for local, regional, statewide and national disaster efforts, she was appointed as one of 15 people in the United States to serve on the National Disaster Advisory Council. She’s helped with multiple disasters from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Isaac, the Kansas ice storm and the Alabama tornadoes. When half of Wisconsin was under water in 2008, she was the disaster coordinator for Fond du Lac, one of the busiest counties, and they hosted the largest shelter in the state. For Keyes’ dedication to serving others through the Red Cross, she is presented with the April 2013 Wisconsin Heroes Award.

Recognition is given each month to one outstanding Wisconsin resident. The first lady visits and presents a Wisconsin Heroes Award to thank the recipient for his or her willingness, compassion, and commitment to the betterment of the state.

Here are additional links to the media coverage from the days event:

WFRV-TV – click HERE for video.

The Fond du Lac Reporter – Click HERE for story.