43rd annual WALSAA Football Fire-Up raises more than $29,000 to support CALS students

More than 400 University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) alumni, friends, and family came together to network and raise funds as part of the recent annual Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) Football Fire-Up Event. The 43rd Annual WALSAA Football Fire-Up was held at the University of Wisconsin Foundation parking lot prior to the Wisconsin vs. BYU football game on Saturday, September 15. Kate VandenBosch, CALS Dean and Director, and Marjorie Stieve, WALSAA President, welcomed all in attendance. CALS administration and faculty were also present. This year’s silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and pledge donations raised more than $29,000 for CALS scholarships, awards, and student activities. A big thank you to the sponsors, donors, bidders, and volunteers, and a special thank you to the UW Foundation for the $10,000 matching grant gift.

WALSAA presented its third annual WALSAA Daluge Red Jacket Award to Liz Henry in recognition of her long-time involvement and support of WALSAA. Henry served as WALSAA President from 2007 to 2009 and was recognized with a WALSAA 40 in 40 Impact Award in 2012 at WALSAA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. Henry and her husband, Joe, reside in Dane, Wisconsin and have been great supporters of the WALSAA Fire-Up Silent Auction, both as donors and buyers.

A new award in 2018, the WALSAA Red Apron Award for Dedicated Service, was presented to Scott Johnson, Monona, Wisconsin. Johnson has been behind the scenes coordinating and preparing a delicious tremendous tailgate meal for Fire-Up guests since the event’s inception.

Let’s not forget those that make this event possible – our volunteers! WALSAA would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of our volunteers for sharing their time and talents. A special thank you to the CALS Ambassadors and student organizations for their service at Fire-Up.

We look forward to seeing you next year for another WALSAA Football Fire-Up! On Wisconsin!

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WALSAA (Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of students, faculty and alumni to the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, known as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA