Karen Kluesner and Kathy Willenborg will share the title of Dyersville Area Woman of the Year after receiving the honor at the 24th annual Dyersville Area Women’s Night, at Total Fitness Rec Center, Sept. 29.
Jessica Pape, the 2019 award winner, announced the winners to the gathering of nearly 400, bringing the evening to a crowd-pleasing end.
“Both are from New Vienna, are neighbors, and are part of the same organizations, “ said Dyersville Chamber of Commerce Marketing Manager and event coordinator Kayla Horsfield. “They are really good friends, so I thought it would be awesome for both of them to go home with the award. Obviously, both are very deserving. With everything they have done, they both definitely deserved this.”
Kluesner is a frequent volunteer in the New Vienna Community and is an active member of St. Boniface Parish, where she serves as an officer, sings in the choir and is a eucharistic minister. She is a member of the New Vienna Historical Society, a former coach for the New Vienna girls’ softball team and a member of the Lemon Sisters singing group.
Willenborg is a dedicated volunteer around New Vienna, serving on the parish council at St. Boniface, while playing a role in numerous fundraising events including the Labor Day picnic. She is heavily involved in the annual New Vienna Tractor Pull, along with the Midwest Pride in Your Ride Truck and Tractor Show, and serves on the New Vienna Historical Society Board of Directors.
After a dinner provided by J&D Catering, featured speaker Mandy McCleary entertained the attendees with a thought-provoking talk-themed, “Just as You Are”, asking the crowd if they are at peace with who they are, while sharing an often humorous narrative of her personal journey.
Horsfield was pleased with the turnout and was appreciative of the opportunity to hold the event.
“The evening went very well, considering this is the third date we’ve gone with,” Horsfield said. “We had 18 vendors and over 375 in attendance. With both Karen and Kathy being named winners, I’d say the night went very well.”