Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service.
Reinhart, a noted local philanthropist, is the widow of the late D.B. Reinhart, founder of Reinhart Cos. The couple was married 42 years and raised four children, Nancy, Patti, John and Robert. The Reinharts are longtime members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church here. Since D.B. Reinhart's death in 1996, the business and the philanthropic interests important to the couple have continued under the guidance of his widow.
The Reinharts established the D.B. and Marjorie Reinhart Family Foundation in 1986. Viterbo University, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, Gundersen Lutheran, the Diocese of La Crosse and Aquinas Schools are just a few of the organizations to receive support from the foundation.
William Medland, president of Viterbo University, said there was broad support for the nomination. "In honoring Marge Reinhart with the Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service, we collectively honor the wonderful spirit of this woman who quietly, and so generously, gives of her gifts with little recognition. Her stewardship is a
model for all," he said.
The honorees are selected by the Viterbo Board of Advisors. The award is the highest non-academic honor conferred by the university.
Reinhart Foodservice, an ID Top 50 distributorship and the fifth largest in the country, serves restaurants, schools, colleges, hospitals and nursing homes from 12 divisions
operating in 30 states. The company has more than 2,700 employees.
The award will be presented at a dinner and ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center.