Thank you for joining us for Hearts for Helping: Live From Dane County

Thank you for joining us for Hearts for Helping: Live From Dane County with lead sponsor, National Guardian Life Insurance Company.

The live broadcast event included a mix of exciting celebrity appearances, Community Hero Awards, a Youth Talent Show, and musical performances!

Rewatch the event here.

With your help, we raised a total of $377,456, exceeding our fundraising goal of $350,000. These funds will go directly towards supporting thousands of Dane County Youth. Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors, donors, and supporters.

Youth Talent Show

Hearts for Helping provided an opportunity for youth to perform on a large stage and the chance to win a $5,000 Grand Prize. Submissions were received from many individuals and groups encompassing all forms of the arts including music, dance, comedy, spoken word, performing arts and more.

Youth Talent Show Finalists

Tyler Stoll – Trombonist

Hadijah Gano – Singer

Mauriana Barksdale – Singer

Aniyah Kunz – Spoken Word Artist

Abilene Thao – Artist

Congratulations to our winner, Mauriana Barksdale!


Community Awards

Hearts for Helping recognized local business and community leaders for their work in the previous year, awarding them a Community Hero Award. Congratulations to our awardees!

Individual Achievement Hero – Jazzman Brown

Corporate Social Responsibility Hero – David Endres

Philanthropy Hero – Jenny Meicher Santek

Excellence in Community Service Hero – Chef Dave Heide

Commitment to Social Justice Hero – Corey Marionneaux

Black Excellence Hero – Jackie Morris

Additional Special Guests

Chancellor Rebecca Blank – Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Paul Tonnesen – CEO, Blount International

Mike Mohan – President & COO, Best Buy

John Hartmann – COO, Bed Bath & Beyond and President, buy buy Baby

Thank You To Our Sponsors

National Guardian Life Insurance Company

UW Health & UnityPoint Health-Meriter

Madison Gas & Electric

BMO Harris Bank


Master Works Design Group

The Sylvee

Palmer Johnson Power Systems



Forward Theater Company


Summit Credit Union

Park Bank

University of Wisconsin-Madison