Tradition of Caring Celebration
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
River Club of Mequon
12400 N. Ville Du Parc Dr.
Christine Nuernberg is a tireless community leader whose four terms as Mayor of Mequon were marked by respectful, effective leadership, community enhancement and development projects that promoted and benefitted all of Ozaukee County.
It is because of this and a lifetime of other civic achievements that Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation is excited to announce that Christine Nuernberg has been selected as the 2014 Doerr Tradition of Caring Award winner.
“I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have had the opportunity to be involved in my community’s affairs over the past 40 years,” says Christine. “One thing I learned was that a small number of volunteers who are persistent and passionate can successfully take on large projects that will enhance the quality of life for everyone.”
One of the biggest initiatives Christine spearheaded as Mayor was the development of a Town Center in the City of Mequon. Christine proposed and promoted the project and worked closely with both the village of Thiensville and city of Mequon to ensure it was approved. Once completed, the Town Center is expected to be a popular destination for shopping, working, visiting and living that enhances both the aesthetics and financial prospects of the community.
Perhaps her greatest legacy as Mayor, however, was the creation of the 438-acre Mequon Nature Preserve. With an initial $2.5 million contribution from the city, Christine spearheaded a fund-raising effort that raised an additional $10 million to help complete the project. Christine continues to serve on the board of the Mequon Nature Preserve, which has become a premier educational, research and recreation site.
Christine’s love of nature stretches far beyond her work as Mayor. Over the years, she has worked with numerous preservation organizations, including the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Citizens Advisory Committee, the Water Policy Advisory Panel and the Milwaukee River Revitalization Council.
Her additional community involvement includes work with the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee Donor Choice Task Force and ARC Milwaukee, a local nonprofit serving individuals with developmental disabilities. She was also elected to the Mequon Thiensville School Board and the Ozaukee County Board where together she served 26 years and was appointed by Governor Doyle to the Southeastern Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District Board, where she served for four years.
Christine has been involved with Columbia St. Mary’s since 2005 when as Mayor she worked to gain the City’s approval for the expansion of Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee. The following year she and her husband, Robert, served as honorary co-chairs for the Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation Gala, raising more than $220,000 for the new certified stroke center at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee.
“Christine’s life-long commitment to her community, especially the preservation of Ozaukee County’s wonderful natural resources, make her most deserving of this award,” says Don Levy, Chairman, Columbia St. Mary's Foundation Board of Directors.
Today, Christine serves on The Board of Directors of Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, where she pulls from her decades of experience to provide invaluable leadership and guidance.
“Christine’s life-long commitment to her community, especially the preservation of Ozaukee County’s wonderful natural resources, make her most deserving of this award,” says Don Levy, Chairman, Columbia St. Mary's Foundation Board of Directors. “Christine’s enthusiasm for and commitment to Ozaukee County epitomize the spirit of the Doerr Tradition of Caring Award.”
The Doerr Tradition of Caring Award was started in 2002 by brothers Daniel and Christopher Doerr. They sought to honor those who share their family’s passion for the Ozaukee community and best exemplify leadership, commitment to service and an unwavering philanthropic spirit.
It is the highest community honor that Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation bestows and Christine is the 18th person so honored. (Click HERE for a list of past winners.)
Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation will present Christine with this award at the Tradition of Caring Celebration on Wednesday, June 4th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the River Club of Mequon (12400 N. Ville Du Parc Dr.).
In addition to honoring Christine’s lifetime of service, all proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the new Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Columbia St. Mary’s Huiras Family Ozaukee Community Health Clinic.
The first program of its kind in the area, ASAP’s team of caring specialists use a comprehensive approach for early intervention and treatment. Additionally, ASAP is a vital resource for parents, providing education and empowerment to help worried parents talk to their children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and to catch the problem before it starts.
For more information about the Tradition of Caring Celebration, including sponsorships and reservations, please click HERE.