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Loaves & Fishes presents awards at Celebration of Compassion

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  • Fireball honorees Patrice and Jim Lia (center) react to receiving highest accolades. Looking on are Charles McLimans (L), Megan Selck (hidden), Shelly Schmitz (second from right), and Barry Horek (R).

      Fireball honorees Patrice and Jim Lia (center) react to receiving highest accolades. Looking on are Charles McLimans (L), Megan Selck (hidden), Shelly Schmitz (second from right), and Barry Horek (R).
    Hilary Nelson, Loaves & Fishes

 
Jody Bender, Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry

Guests included major supporters as well as volunteers who donated more than 100 hours of time during the year ended June 30th. The Metea Valley High School Jazz Combo entertained at the reception prior to the ceremony.

Executive Director/CEO presented the awards, donated by John Robbins of Awards & Fine Gifts, Naperville, communicating each honoree's accomplishments. A Lifetime Achievement award -- only the second ever given -- was presented to the Ed Hoy family. Patriarch Ed Hoy passed away earlier this year, and his family has continued its storied tradition of exemplary volunteerism and support. Jody Bender recently celebrated her 10-year work anniversary and was the first staff member honored. Awards and certificates reflecting each of Loaves & Fishes' core values, and the Fireball award, which encompasses all core values, were given to the following:

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Lifetime Achievement -- The Ed Hoy Family

Community -- Doris & Alice Wood

Compassion (2) -- Andy Lindsay, Tom Wcisel

Dignity -- Ned Bacon

Hope -- Dave Kelsch

Service (4) -- Bob Elazan, Alex Lints, Elizabeth May, Jody Bender

Fireball -- Jim & Patrice Lia

Outstanding Community Partner (2) -- Whole Foods Naperville, The Rotary Club of Naperville

Loaves & Fishes is located at 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville and provides Client Choice grocery services and Pathways to Empowerment programs to Naperville and DuPage County residents. Learn more about getting help, making a donation, or volunteering by calling 630-355-3663 or visiting http://www.loaves-fishes.org.

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