Downtown Appleton Awards Celebration


Too often many of us find ourselves feeling too busy to acknowledge those businesses and individuals who make an on-going difference in our community.  So it is great when we are reminded to take a moment and think about it and then extend our congratulations and celebrate that! We are all invited to do so at the Downtown Appleton Awards Celebration on Monday, October 30, 2017, from 5-8:30 pm at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, located at 333 W. College Avenue in Downtown Appleton.  We’ll have a masquerade theme with masks admired, but not required!

The evening offers opportunities to network, enjoy live music provided by Cool Waters Unplugged and food stations with heavy hors d' oeuvres.  In addition, there will be a Silent Auction, a Wall of Wine for purchase with the chance to win a fabulous grand prize and more surprises to be unmasked!

One of those surprises will be a hard hat tour of the new Fox Cities Exhibition Center before it is open to the public.  See for yourself what has been being built for the last year!

Of course, the real stars of the show will be the award winners.  We’ll be recognizing the following winners:

Business of the Year Award 

to the Business or entity that stands out from the rest and captures the admiration of the downtown.

The Bernie Pearlman Downtowner Award 

Presented to a person who has had a significant positive impact on downtown and displays an overwhelming passion for its success. In honor of Bernie Pearlman, a downtowner through and through.

The Dreamers & Doers Award

A new award last year - Presented to the business, group or individual who has significantly enhanced, for years to come, the physical and/or economic landscape of the downtown.

The President’s Award

Presented to an individual, group or business who within their working relationship with ADI and the downtown went above and beyond that usual relationship to contribute to the success of downtown.

Downtown Renovation Award

Presented to a business that has invested in the physical appearance of the building they call home in our downtown neighborhood

New Business of the Year

Presented to a business new to downtown in the last year that shows longevity and fulfills a need in the downtown.

Landmark Award

The ADI Board of Directors honors Walter Kalata for the passion and commitment in which he served the 1st District as Alderperson since 1966. The Walter Kalata Landmark Award is presented to a business that has become a landmark in our downtown. A business that has withstood the test of time and operates their business with passion and with a strong commitment to downtown. A place where people can remember the past and converse about the future.

The Outstanding Volunteer Award

Presented to an individual whose time and commitment to the effort of building a strong downtown highlights him or her as an outstanding volunteer and community advocate

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors; Tundraland, AZCO Inc, Bazil’s Pub, Miron, Fox Cities Sign and Lighting, Johnson Bank, Warning Lites, Newmark Grubb Pfefferle and Triumph Engineering; all of that is available for just $25 per person.  RSVP now to Appleton Downtown Inc at 920-954-9112 or

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