Good Neighbor President Curt Fuszard has chosen the 2019 recipients of the Keith Hinsman Award: Anamika Holke and Courtney Reichard. The Hinsman Award is given each year to a Trustee Board Member who goes above and beyond in their commitment to the Festival.
Holke and Reichard were recognized for their work on publicity for the Festival through newspapers, television, radio, website and social media. Fuszard said: “2019 was a record-setting year on some many fronts, in large part due to the exemplary work of our communications team. Anamika and Courtney leveraged all possible resources and their amazing skill set to raise awareness, engagement and, ultimately, attendance. We are very grateful!”
Holke has been a member of the Middleton Jaycees since 2014, and became a Festival Trustee Board member shortly thereafter. The Middleton Jaycees, a young professionals volunteer group, organize the Art and Craft Fair for the Festival.
Holke has served as a board member for the Jaycees and has chaired many fundraising events. She is passionate about volunteering, and motivating others to get involved by creating awareness of events and the needs of the community. Serving on the Publicity Committee for the Festival was a natural fit. She enjoys working with trustees from the other groups and feels its great opportunity to meet new like-minded people.
Holke has been in the Madison area for almost 11 years. She works at Guild Mortgage, and also has a graphic design business. Holke has embraced the summertime culture by spending weekends at the Farmer’s Market, checking out other local festivals and enjoying the local breweries with her husband and friends.
“Seeing the community come together and enjoy the Festival, makes all the time volunteered throughout the year completely worth it! It’s an honor to receive this award along with Courtney, and to serve amongst the other amazing trustees.”
Reichard has represented the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Education Foundation on the Trustee Board since 2016. She has lived in Middleton with her family since 2011, and works as an attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Nilan Johnson Lewis, a firm she helped start in 1996. She divides her time between offices in Minneapolis and Madison, representing corporate clients in products liability and employment matters.
She loved working on social media and website for the Festival. “We were drawn to Middleton because of the strong community spirit and excellent schools. Nothing embodies the wonderful community of Middleton more than the annual Good Neighbor Festival, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to this great annual event while also helping fund the non-profit missions of all trustees, especially the MCPASD Education Foundation.” Reichard also serves on the Board of the Middleton Public Library and is involved in booster organizations for Middleton High School Theatre and Choir. The Award is named for Festival co-founder Keith Hinsman. On a cold night in February 1964, Amos Colby – a pharmacist who was President of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce – invited his friend Hinsman over for a beer, and shared an idea: a community Festival, getting volunteer groups to work together on a single event instead of running their own fundraisers throughout the summer. Hinsman and Colby brought these groups together for the first Festival in August 1964, and both remained involved with the Festival for many years, with Hinsman serving on the Trustee Board from 1964 to 1989.