Over 150 people attended the fourth annual Hanover Township Supervisor's Community Service Award banquet held Wednesday, April 3, at the Bartlett Fire Barn.
The awards committee, comprised of Linda Best, Lori Ann Airdo, Lee Beattie, Edward O'Connell and Lori Glaser, presented awards to winners in five categories: Erick Aguilar, Outstanding Youth Volunteer; John Seger, Outstanding Senior Volunteer; Sue Chiodo, Outstanding Adult Volunteer; Bartlett VFW Post 11018, Bartlett Woman's Club, Knights of Columbus/Mary's Millennium Council #12801 and Silver Bells of Hanover Township, for Outstanding Organizations; and Whole Foods, Outstanding Business of the Year.
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"Every year we get a great deal of nominations," said Hanover Township Supervisor Brian P. McGuire. "The community thrives with the help of these volunteers, organizations and businesses and we are always honored to recognize their hard work and dedication."
Those winning the Supervisor's Choice Awards: Phil Jelen, Outstanding Adult Volunteer; Anett Cabral, Outstanding Youth Volunteer; George Hough, Outstanding Senior Volunteer; Naomi Lenoci, Outstanding Senior Volunteer; Allen Awards/A1 Trophies, Outstanding Business of the Year; and Streamwood Woman's Club, Outstanding Organization of the Year.
This year, the supervisor introduced the Mel Runzel Award, named after former Township Trustee Mary Ellen Runzel, who is remembered for her immeasurable efforts in creating new programs and recruiting volunteers throughout the community. The award highlights outstanding individuals in their volunteer efforts within the community.
The 2013 winner of the Mel Runzel Award was Jane Parker. Parker served as a volunteer for over two decades on the Hanover Township Committee on Youth where she actively worked to assist youth and families of Hanover Township. Every year, Parker leads her neighborhood in the collection of food and money to support the Township Food Pantry on the nationwide annual "Make A Difference Day" in October.
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