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Award presented at annual Corks & Forks Event

Rick ParksRick Parks, President and CEO of Society Insurance, will receive UW-Fond du Lac’s 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award. Parks will be recognized at the university’s annual dinner auction, Corks & Forks on March 30.

The Spirit of Excellence Award honors individuals who have made an exceptional commitment of support to UW-Fond du Lac and the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation, providing a margin of excellence. “Rick’s exceptional commitment of support is evident in his personal and professional support of education,” said Rhonda Stucky, UW-Fond du Lac Foundation executive director. “Through Rick’s leadership, Society Insurance has generously provided the Society Insurance Charitable Scholarship, which has inspired and enabled students to strive for academic success. He has encouraged Society employees to serve as active board members and led the way as the first Crystal Sponsor for Corks & Forks. Rick’s extensive community involvement includes the American Red Cross, the FDL Area Women’s Fund, the FDL Area Association of Commerce, and Rotary.”

Previous UW-Fond du Lac Spirit of Excellence Awards recipients include: John Ahern, Jim and Ginny Gilmore; Allen Buechel; Judith Berger O’Brien; Harold “Danny” and Charmaine LaShay; and Bill Henken.

Corks & Forks is the largest fundraiser of the year supporting the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation, which awarded more than $38,000 in scholarships to students for the 2016-17 academic year. The evening includes a four-course meal and will feature Spanish tapas-style cuisine paired with select wines this year. Society Insurance is the first Crystal Sponsor, a new level of sponsorship offered this year enabling donors to increase their philanthropic impact. Gold sponsors for the event are C.D. Smith Construction, Inc.; J.F. Ahern Co.; and Michel’s Corporation.

Individual reservations are $75 per person. Tables of eight and sponsorships are available. Advance reservations and payment are needed by March 16. Additional information is online at or call (920) 929-1335.


Rhonda Stucky