Sara Sullivan Award – Guidelines & Application

 The All Neighborhood Leaders Group made up of leaders from existing and forming neighborhood associations created this annual award in 2015 to recognize the outstanding contributions of an individual as demonstrated by Sara Sullivan. The All Neighborhood Leaders Group affirms and promotes the support, preservation and betterment of our neighborhoods and the quality of life by the cooperation and collaboration of residents within our community understanding that people are our community’s greatest asset.

The Sara Sullivan Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and exceptional contributions made by a City of La Crosse resident.  Anyone can nominate an individual for the Sara Sullivan Award if the nominator feels the actions of the nominee meet the values of the judging criteria listed below.

The Fall social and Spring events are annual neighborhood celebrations for residents to look forward to and they will serve as the bookends for the Sara Sullivan Award.  Please send nomination suggestions to or complete an application by September 20th of the award year and the winner will be announced at the following Fall In Love With Your Neighborhood – Family Social in October.

Past Award Recipients Include:

2015 – Sara Sullivan

2016 – Jacob Sciammas

2017 – Jo Ann Neve

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The Sara Sullivan Award winner must be a resident of the City of La Crosse.
  2. Nominations shall be accompanied by a completed nomination form.
  3. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on September 20th of the award year.

All nominations for the Sara Sullivan Award shall be judged on how closely they represent Sara’s dedication to Neighborhood Revitalization IN ANY OF the following areas:

Physical Revitalization/Beautification: Projects that focus on physical aspects of improving a neighborhood such as parks and green spaces, lighting, litter control, traffic management, housing improvements or business district enhancements.

Social Revitalization: Projects that focus on the social or cultural aspects of a neighborhood like safety, youth and/or senior programs, activities that make neighbors feel connected and foster neighbors working together like an ice cream social, holiday celebration or festival.

Multi-Neighborhood Partnerships: Projects that are jointly produced by a collaboration of at least two neighborhood associations, community organizations or groups of people in a partnership effort addressing either physical or social concerns.


Judging criteria:  

The winner will be decided by a panel from the All Neighborhood Leader group and announced at the annual La Crosse Mayor’s Neigborhood Expo.

Inclusion/Diversity:  significant neighborhood and/or business involvement and cooperation with a diversity of participants.

Innovation: creative and unique way to address the neighborhood(s) issue.

Community Benefit: action benefited the neighborhood (s) as a whole and addressed a need; it improved the health, safety and/or appearance of the neighborhood.

 Sustainability:  illustrated opportunities and a culture of self-sufficiency for the organization, environment, etc.

Leadership Development: encouraged, facilitated and provided opportunities for volunteers to take on leadership roles and develop new skills, and contribute to a project.


OR  download here:  Sara Sullivan Award Form (Word Document) & Email nomination form and include any attachments of supporting documentation to:


OR  submit (3) paper copies of this nomination and any supporting documentation to:

La Crosse Neighborhoods, Inc.

PO Box 1661

La Crosse, WI  54602

Attention:  Sara Sullivan Award