Recipient announced for James C. Hubbard Windy Award

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that Marguerite Soffa is the 2018 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.

“Marguerite is an active member of THELMA, supporting the Jazz Series and the Lake Reading Series,” said Jacqui Corsi, THELMA’s Executive Director. “Marguerite also has the naming rights for the outdoor area on the top floor affectionately called ‘Marguerite’s Lookout.’”

The Hubbard Windy Award will be given to Soffa at the 18th Annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style Thursday, October 4. This is the largest fundraiser for the organization.

“We in Fond du Lac are so lucky to have THELMA as our window to arts and entertainment,” Soffa said. “I feel honored to receive this prestigious community award and look forward to years of enjoying all that THELMA offers,” she added.

Soffa has dedicated her life to serving others, supporting causes regarding human rights and environmental issues. Among her numerous boards and organizations, Soffa served on the original 1970s Human Rights Council in Fond du Lac, has been a member of American Association of University Women since 1947, and has been active with Soroptimists and Holy Family Parish.

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She was named the 2018 Badger of the Year earlier this year. She is a lifetime member of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Soffa received her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in psychology from UW-Madison in 1946. Soffa has been an active member of the UW-Madison community, having served as the vice president of the Wisconsin Union. She also established the J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished Visitor Fund, which sponsors a lecture series on the UW-Madison campus, bringing women from around the world to discuss contemporary issues of global significance.

Through the age of 90, Soffa volunteered her time with organizations like the Fond du Lac Literacy Program and Agnesian Hospice. At 93, she remains active today, attending events at THELMA and other arts venues throughout the year.

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. Past 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, C.D. Smith, Grande Cheese, Rick and Pat Miller, and Mike and Rita Shannon.

In addition to the award, this fun event includes cocktails, dinner, auctions, and entertainment. You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by visiting HERE or calling 920-921-5410.

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

THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to creating experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, outstanding films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.