Our members are the heart of our student organization and we are honored to have such amazing UW-Madison student be a part of our community! Therefore, we hosted our first annual NAMI-UW Spring Gala to celebrate the wonderful things we’ve done together this year (2022-23) and recognize our members for their commitment, dedication, and passion for NAMI-UW’s mission: to advocate, educate, and support!
The 2023 NAMI-UW Spring Gala Celebration took place on April 26th, 2023, 7:00-8:30 pm at Union South, Varsity Hall. At the event, attendees socialized, played games, entered raffles, took photos, and dined! Everyone had so much fun celebrating everything we've done this year and our community.
Beginning the Award Ceremony, once all were seated, Katherine Zimmerman, 2022-24 NAMI-UW President gave a speech to welcome our guests and give thanks to our dedicated members and our talented executive board leaders: Vice President, Lauren Roskopf; Bandana Project Director, Noelle Kotrly; Events Coordinator, Kat Schneider; Marketing Director, Abbey Skramstad; Workshop Coordinator, Isabella Reilley; Volunteer Coordinator, Anna Rehfeld; Fundraising Coordinator & Treasurer, Zach Goetz; Chief Communications Officer, Emma Smith; and Secretary, Alyssa Shack. Kat Schneider also gave an heartfelt and amazing speech recapping all of the social events she hosted this year and said thanks to our members, along with shouting out a few members for their outstanding participation! Then, we took a trip down memory lane by watching a video showcasing the exciting and fun events we hosted this year and finally announced our 2023 NAMI-UW Spring Gala Award Winners along with our raffle winners!
2022-2023 NAMI-UW Award Winners
"Most Involved" Award Winners
"Education Excellence" Award Winners
"Volunteer Star" Award Winners
"Social Butterfly" Award Winners
"Fundraiser Champion" Award Winners
Additional Event Photos
2023 Bucky Awards
By Katherine Zimmerman, NAMI-UW President (2022-2024)
My sincere thanks to the UW Department of Student Affairs for hosting the 2023 Bucky Awards and the Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence for co-sponsoring the Inclusivity Award.
The NAMI-UW leadership team is extremely grateful and honored to be recognized for our efforts towards fostering learning opportunities, leadership growth, building campus community, and promoting awareness.
Mental health is and continues to be paramount, especially in light of the challenges the world has endured just in these past few years. Therefore, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, acknowledging and fighting against the social disparities that perpetuate existing inequalities, while also supporting and empowering students is extremely crucial to NAMI-UW's mission. Everyone deserves a community that understands and supports them.
In short, I am incredibly proud of what we've accomplished this year and of my fellow executive team members for finding innovative, meaningful ways to continue our student organization's mission and reaching future goals!
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