Heart of Gold Awards

heart of gold logo The Heart of Gold Award started with a Heart of Gold event and was then presented as part of the Greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet.

It is now presented at the Rusk County Community Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community which will be held on November 7, 2019 at the Worden Ave. Exchange.  Nominations for the Heart of Gold Award can be made directly to the Foundation,  using the Heart Of Gold Nomination Form 2019 (.doc), or Heart Of Gold Nomination Form 2019 (.pdf))Nominations are due October 18, 2019.  The criteria remains the same as below. The recipient will be recognized at the banquet, and will be permitted to direct a $1,000 grant from the Foundation to an area non-profit.

Our Board of Directors Invite You to Celebrate
12 Years of Enriching Our Community

November 7, 2019
Reception 5-7 pm

Honor the Heart of Gold Recipient and
Get to Know Your Community Foundation

Worden Avenue Exchange
310 Worden Ave. – Ladysmith

Complimentary Beer & Wine, Pasta Bar, Salad, Dessert
$15 Donation Appreciated

Please RSVP by Nov. 1st
715-332-4481 | bevdukerschein@gmail.com


About the Heart of Gold – F.A.Q.s

 How can I nominate someone for a Heart of Gold Award?

To help the Board of Selectors fully appreciate your nominee’s efforts, you may find the following suggestions helpful in filling out the nomination form.

  • Please state the reasons why this person fits the description of having a “Heart of Gold.”
  • Be sure to address the concerns listed below as “Selection Criteria.”
  • Please type or write clearly. However, this is not an essay contest—no points are given for the style of this narrative.
  • Please note that your narrative should be suitable for public audience and may be made available to local newspapers.

Rusk County Community Foundation
P.O. Box 54
Ladysmith WI 54848

2008 NomineesWe want to find Rusk County’s people with Hearts of Gold. Has someone touched your heart?

The Rusk County Community Foundation wishes to identify and provide recognition to “everyday” citizens in our community who touch the hearts of others.

We have defined Heart of Gold Recipients as those people who give of themselves unselfishly to serve others, collectively or individually, with volunteer acts of service and/or kindness beyond the call of duty.

Any person 18 years or older, who enhances the quality of life of someone else is eligible to be nominated.

Such acts of service may largely go unnoticed and include, but are not limited to: helping senior citizens, helping disadvantaged persons, working to improve the quality of education, expanding recreational and cultural opportunities, working with children, protecting the environment, building jobs in the community, promoting public safety, and unusual acts of kindness.

Arlene KnopsWhat do Heart of Gold Awards recipients receive?

Each Heart of Gold nominee will receive a certificate inscribed with their name and their Heart of Gold achievement. One special finalists to receive the Heart of Gold award will have the opportunity to direct a $500 grant to the charity of their choice, approved by the Rusk County Community Foundation.

What “selection criteria” are the Heart of Gold Awards based upon?

When making its choice, the Board of Selectors will take into account whether the nominee:

  • Identifies a need and fulfills it
  • Recognizes opportunities and acts upon them.
  • Shares their time and energy for the sake of others.
  • Overcomes unusual challenges to serve others.
  • Renders a service which changes a life.
  • Works to create positive change.
  • Inspires others to volunteer.
  • Performs an exceptional act of kindness.

Nominations can be downloaded above.

Past Year’s Heart of Gold Events