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An Angel Beyond Our Borders

Attic Angel Association member and volunteer Barb Tensfeldt (left) received the Senior Service Award from the Rotary Club of Madison for her work with Attic Angel Community, Olbrich Botanical Gardens and the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology.

Over the last 20 years, Barb has contributed 6,500 hours of service as an Attic Angel volunteer. From chairing the Attic Angel Association Board—almost a full time position – to co-chairing a $1.5 million fundraising campaign, Barb is a gifted leader. Each year, she pitches in to help with the Attic Sale, an Attic Angel fundraiser to benefit children and the elderly. She also works directly with residents in Attic Angel’s memory care unit and tends extensive outdoor gardens for the delight of the Attic Angel Community.

Barb is a Master Gardener who also volunteers for Olbrich Botanical Gardens. For two decades, she has served on the Olbrich Botanical Society Board of Directors and helped lead Olbrich’s expansion, including the Thai Pavilion and the Rose Garden. In addition to helping with many Garden events, she spearheads Olbrich’s Plant Sale with the Pros – one of the garden’s biggest fund-raisers.

Shift gears to the UW campus, where Barb majored in Home Economics Education and remains a loyal alumna. Today she is Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors for the School of Human Ecology and a member of the Helen Allen Textile Collection Development Committee.

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