Grande To Receive Prestigious Windy Award

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) has announced that Grande Cheese Company will be the 2015 recipient of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award.

The award goes to an individual or group of individuals who have made a positive impact on THELMA and the Fond du Lac community.

 “Grande has been a tremendous champion and advocate for our organization and the arts,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director. “With the construction of their new Home Office and Research Center, Fond du Lac has another significant investment in the arts,” Miller added.

The Hubbard Windy Award will be given to Grande at the 15th Annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style Wednesday, October 7. This is the largest fundraiser for the organization.

“On behalf of Grande Cheese Company, we are honored by this prestigious recognition,” said Wayne Matzke (pictured), CEO and President, Grande Cheese Company, “We regularly use THELMA’s meeting rooms, hold corporate events, and take advantage of the extraordinary programming at THELMA,” Matzke said.

A Hubbard Windy Award nominee will have served our community and organization with distinction by promoting the following key values:

  •  Appreciation of the arts as a significant component for the quality of life for the citizens of Fond  du Lac.
  •  Demonstration by example of the power of collaboration between individuals and  organizations.
  •  Fosters and supports the continuing mission of THELMA.
  •  Helps to raise the visibility of THELMA and Fond du Lac throughout the state.

The Windy Award was renamed in 2013 when THELMA opened to honor James C. Hubbard, a long serving board member and community advocate. Other recipients of the award include Sister Doris Klein, Sister Mary Neff, Sister Judith Schmidt, and Sister Frances Schug, Ray Wifler, Pat Reiher, National Exchange Bank & Trust, Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Dick and Mary Wehner, Ron and Terri Emanuel, Tom Carew, the Michels Family, JoAnn Ward, the Ahern Family, and Wayne Huberty, and C.D. Smith.

In addition to the award, this fun event includes cocktails, dinner, auctions, and entertainment. You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by visiting and clicking tickets.  

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District.