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    March 15, 2019
    Peoria, IL — March 14, 2019

    On Tuesday, March 5, the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) honored Carole S. Ackerman with the Legacy of Leadership Award. The Legacy of Leadership Award recognizes a former Leader Luncheon Award recipient and Women's Fund Founding Member who has continued to exhibit excellence in service to her community and/or in her profession. This award honors a woman whose lifetime achievements demonstrate a legacy of leadership that is inspirational and will leave a lasting impact. The award is sponsored by Bard Optical and was presented at a reception at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria.

    Carole has been active in nine different boards, chaired seven of those boards and volunteered in many other organizations in the Peoria area. She has Chaired the Junior League of Peoria, the Newcomers Club of Peoria, the Pillars Society of the United Way, the Mental Health Association of Illinois Valley, and the Human Service Center. She was also active in the YWCA of Peoria, serving on the Capital Campaign Steering Committee and has been a board member for the Friends of the Rock Island Trail. She is a champion of women, children, and mental health concerns. Carole strives to serve others and improve our community.

    The event also marks the opening of the nominations for the Women to Women Leader Luncheon Awards in the following categories:
    - Business / Professions Award
    - Education / Arts Award
    - Community Service Award
    - Emerging Leader Award
    - Health Care/Wellness Award
    - Young Woman’s Service Award

    These awards recognize local women who best exemplify excellence in their chosen professions and a commitment to the success of other women. The winners in each category will be recognized at the Women to Women Leader Luncheon on Tuesday, May 14. Nominations can be submitted online at http://www.communityfoundationci.org and are due by April 11, 2019. Previous Leader Luncheon award recipients are not eligible for recognition.
    The money raised by the Women to Women Leader Luncheon will, in part, help grow the Women’s Fund endowment. Significant grants are awarded from the Women‘s Fund annually to local programs and causes that “Strengthen Families and Communities by Empowering Women and Girls”. About the Women’s Fund The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois is an endowment that supports projects that strengthen families and communities by empowering women and girls. Join the Women’s Fund giving circle and make a difference in the lives of women and children in your community. Please visit www.communityfoundationci.org/womens-fund-information to find out more about the Women’s Fund.

    About the Community Foundation of Central Illinois
    The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) is a philanthropic resource committed to
    Connecting People Who Care with Causes That Matter. The CFCI was established in 1985 by a
    group of community-minded citizens to meet a wide variety of social, cultural, educational, and
    other charitable needs throughout central Illinois. CFCI carries out its mission by working with
    donors to establish permanent endowment funds to be used as charitable capital for enhancing
    the quality of life in the central Illinois community. CFCI maintains high professional standards in
    the investment and management of the funds entrusted to the Foundation, and promotes
    effective and efficient grant making to serve current and future needs of central Illinois. For more
    information, please visit www.communityfoundationci.org.
    Contact:
    Kristal Roop
    309-369-1349