Steve and Lynne Uecker will be recipients of prestigious James C. Hubbard Windy Award

Award to be given October 3 at Windy Dinner THELMA Style event.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that Steve and Lynne Uecker will be the 2019 recipients 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.

“Lynne and Steve have been a staple in the Fond du Lac music community,” said Jacqui Corsi, THELMA’s Executive Director. “They were instrumental in bringing Isthmus Brass to THELMA, which has become a tradition. Lynne was a former board member during a critical time. They also sponsor other music series and events at THELMA and in the community, as well as performing with and supporting the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band.”

The Hubbard Windy Award will be given to the Ueckers at the 19th Annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style Thursday, October 3. This is the largest fundraiser for the organization.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious community award,” said Steve and Lynne Uecker. “We believe in a strong presence of the arts in Fond du Lac, whether it be music, poetry, painting or theatre.”

Music has been a staple in Lynne Uecker’s life. She started with the piano as a child and eventually playing the flute as an adult with the Symphonic Band. Lynne was also a member of the Board of Directors for THELMA when it was the Windhover Center for the Arts. As a Windhover board member since the organization’s conception, she also assisted in the capital campaign for the first renovation of the building in 2000.

Lynne had a successful business career, working as a manager in the cable industry and for AC Nielsen for many years. She owned Arthur’s Café & Gourmet Shop, Rooms by Design, and Lakepark Development Corporation before joining Steve to operate Uecker Witt Funeral Home after their marriage in 1987. She has been a board member of the Wisconsin Cable Communications Association, a member of Wisconsin Women in Management- Oshkosh and a member of the Service League.

Steve Uecker has been a musician most of his life as well, playing at Goodrich High School, then the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and in unauthorized bands in the U.S. Army. During his college years, he played in various dance bands, including some gigs with the Ron Harvey Band. He currently plays trombone in the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band and is chair for the band’s Advisory Council.

Steve is a member and past President of Lakeside Evening Kiwanis, member of Trier-Puddy American Legion Post #75 and past Chairman of Badger Boys State, a member of Bohlman-Grimes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1904, and the Vietnam Veterans of America. He has served on the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Foundation, was a past member of the YMCA Board of Directors, and currently is a member of the Cops for Kids Foundation.

Steve and Lynne have four children – Lee (Lynne’s stepson), Stephen, Cameron, and Lauren. And the couple has four grandchildren. Steve and Lynne enjoy traveling, including visiting vineyards and going on cruises. In addition to time spent with their family, he enjoys his Harley Davidson motorcycle and history, especially World War II and the Vietnam War. She enjoys gourmet cooking, home renovation, and the histories of Frank Lloyd Wright and Katharine Hepburn.

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, Mike and Rita Shannon, and Marguerite Soffa.

In addition to the award, this fun event includes cocktails, dinner, auctions, and entertainment. You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by calling 920.921.5410 or by clicking HERE.