The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation honored Jack and Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle with the first Green Bay Society Award on November 17.
The award was presented at an event hosted by the UW-Green Bay Foundation to show appreciation to donors of the 360° Challenge Campaign, which raised $12.7 million for the University, and to launch “The Green Bay Society,” a new University-wide program for donors who make major gifts and leadership annual gifts in support of UW-Green Bay.
The Green Bay Society Award honors individuals who have contributed exceptional philanthropic support and/or have helped greatly in fundraising and securing community support for the advancement of UW-Green Bay.
Ginny Riopelle is a longtime member of the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees and co-founder of the University’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program. Ginny has been one of the University’s most successful volunteer fundraisers. A previous campaign she chaired, which concluded in 2009, dramatically increased the University’s endowment. Jack Riopelle has been a long-time business executive and has helped make connections for UWGB with area business leaders. Together, they support a number of scholarships and endowments at UW-Green Bay.
“I feel very privileged and happy to present this award to our first recipients,” said Chancellor Gary Miller in presenting the award to Jack and Ginny Riopelle. “They are highly deserving, special people.”