Six awards announced at reception and networking event
First ever Clean Lakes Community Awards
Clean Lakes Alliance was pleased to hold its first ever Clean Lakes Community Awards presented by Town Bank on Tuesday, November 27th, 2019. In light of significant challenges facing our lakes, we have been overwhelmed by the community’s response. The awards program recognized outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals who have made our lakes a top priority.
“I can honestly say, over the last few years, I have seen a big shift towards greater community involvement in lake health,” said Clean Lakes Alliance board chair Lloyd Eagan in address to the audience and awardees.
With close to 200 people in attendance representing more than 100 businesses, the event brought together lake enthusiasts from all over Dane County representing different sectors, industries, and communities.
In the past, awards were announced at the Clean Lakes Alliance Community Breakfast but with support from Town Bank and our hosting sponsor The Edgewater, we were able to give awardees their own event to celebrate their accomplishments.
The following awardees were recognized at the first annual Clean Lakes Community Awards:
New Lake Partner of the Year: Naturalake Biosciences
Individual Lake Leadership Award: Tyler Leeper of Madison Boats
Volunteer of the Year: Arlene & Jeff Koziol
Business Lake Leadership Award: National Guardian Life Insurance Company
Founders Award: The Gialamas Company, Inc.
Project of the Year: Dane County’s “Suck the Muck”
In addition to our six award recipients, we also recognized 19 volunteer citizen water quality monitors for five years of service. Allen Arntsen, Rhonda Arries, Sarah Balz, Carolyn Betz, Jim Cordray, Debbie Durcan, Bob Gilbert, Carol Gillen, Mike Horn, Jerry Jendrisak, Sasha Kerlow, Dea Larsen Converse, Mel McCartney, Leigh Meier, Dick Pearson, David Schroder, Jacob Stampen, Kirk Swenson, and Jim Wilcox.
At Clean Lakes Alliance, we know that more needs to be done, but we’re excited by all of the work being done in our community to support our lakes. With your help, we’ll continue to be a catalyst to help protect and improve the Yahara Watershed.