Slide Show: Jefferson Awards Banquet 2019

Once a year, WXOW and Altra Federal Credit Union gather to honor our Jefferson Award winners from the past year.

March Jefferson Award Winner: Virginia Wintersteen, M.D.

She is a “tireless advocate” for people who have physical challenges.  

Doctor Virginia Wintersteen is an orthopedist at Gundersen Health System.  Beyond that work, she has volunteered for years to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.  Opportunities that did not always exist.

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Larry Pohja standing next to two women

Jefferson Award Winner: Larry Pohja

ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW)  If you stop by the Onalaska Public Library, chances are you’ll see the work of Larry Pohja. Larry is a long time

Sylvia Groleau talks about her volunteering

Jefferson Award Winner: Sylvia Groleau

HOLMEN, Wisconsin (WXOW)  A smile from others is her reward.  That’s what Sylvia Groleau says about volunteering. Sylvia doesn’t take much credit for the contributions

Jefferson Award Winner: Lenny Schleh

ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Lenny Schleh is a retired social worker who has been volunteering for a lifetime. Lenny had a stroke last year. It’s

Loren Krueger talks to a child

Jefferson Award Winner: Loren Krueger

ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW)  Whether it’s children who need help spelling or older adults who need advice about a health care power of attorney, Loren Krueger

Kelli Mades during an interview with WXOW

Jefferson Award Winner: Kelli Mades

La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW)  —– Kelli Mades says “Never feel sorry for yourself. Always look beyond it.” Could you if you were Jefferson Award winner Kelli

Nancy Herbers helping a child read a book

Jefferson Award Winner: Nancy Herbers

La Crosse, WI  (WXOW)  —– It all started with Nancy Herbers love of reading and an observation she made as she wheeled her grandson and dog,

Kari Tikal looking at donated clothes

Jefferson Award Winner Kari Tikal

La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) —— This month’s Jefferson Award Winner is Kari Tikal. Her story is anything but glamorous. Many years ago, she was down


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