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.