UW-WC Foundation Honors Donors and Volunteers

First Red & Black Society Event Held

On Friday, April 27 the Washington County Campus Foundation (WCCF) held its first annual Red and Black Society Gala event.  The WCCF is the official fundraising entity for UW-Washington County (UW-WC).  Its purpose is to support UW-WC students, faculty and staff. It accomplishes this by soliciting, receiving, managing, and distributing gifts to provide scholarships, opportunities for faculty and staff professional development, equipment and capital program improvements. 

According to Iva Thelen, Foundation Director, the Red & Black Society Gala was created to recognize the non-profit organization’s most outstanding donors and volunteers.

Awards presented included:

Volunteers of the Year – awarded to Colleen Vachuska and Sarada Prasad. Both Vachuska and Prasad are faculty of UW-WC, who have served on the Board of Directors and Scholarship Selection Committee for many years. 

Special Recognition Award – awarded to Terry Seil, who has provided exceptional communications and public relations support to the Foundation.

Lifetime Partner Award - presented to Art Hoberg for his years of service to the Foundation, the Board of Directors and the University.    

Donor of the Year – awarded to Norbert Dettmann, who has contributed towards an endowed scholarship for Farmington students, served on the University Ambassador Council since 1968 and was an integral part of establishing the UW-WC campus in West Bend. 

The family of Amber Wilde was also recognized for a recently established endowed scholarship that they created in her memory.

UW-WC students and faculty provided entertainment with a video created by John Sammis,  piano performance by David Pecsi, guitar performance by James Ozminkowski and a vocal performance by the QuintEssentials. 

The WCCF is planning their second annual fall fundraising event. Fish Fry Frenzy will be held again this year on Thursday, November 1st at UW-WC. The fundraiser helps benefit the Foundation’s HOPE Scholarship Fund, which provides incentive-based forgivable loans to financially challenged UW-WC students.  Each year, the WCCF awards approximately $130,000 in scholarships to new freshman, returning and transferring students. Grants to faculty and staff support curricular innovation in fields ranging from Anthropology to Zoology. 

Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. For admission information, visit the campus website at washington.uwc.edu or phone Student Affairs at 262-335-5201.


Sue Bausch