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    February 25, 2019
    Residents and Business Leaders Recognized for Appreciating Peoria

    Peoria, IL (February 22, 2019) On Thursday, February 21st, the Community Development Department hosted the 2019 Neighborhood Reception at the George Washington Carver Center. This inaugural event celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of neighborhood associations and community advocates who have worked diligently with their neighbors, the City of Peoria, and the community at large to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

    Over 150 residents, business owners, and community organizers enjoyed a night of music, food, and recognition. The night included a performance from Chloe Rose Jackson’s P413 Dance Academy, a brief presentation on Black History in Peoria’s neighborhoods from Garry Moore, and awards for several outstanding community advocates.

    The Mayor’s Award was presented to Lueshand Nunn for her efforts in the East Bluff. Ms. Nunn was acknowledged by her nominators for her work in founding the East Bluff Lawn Order Program and her service as President of the East Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services. Her tireless volunteer work also connects residents with work, transportation, and financial education.

    The Ted Bannon “Brick” Award was presented to Molly Cadigan for her commitment to maintaining green space for future generations. Ms. Cadigan is an exemplar advocate for litter collection and picks up litter and waste in her extended neighborhood. She also championed the green space at the Franklin School parking lot, located at the corner of Columbia Terrace and Bestor.

    The Business Award was presented to JIMAX Corporation for their leadership in the Tireless Project. Additional volunteer work includes projects with Keep Peoria Beautiful and Habitat for Humanity. Upon accepting the award, Jim Kosner stated they firmly believe in the importance of giving back to the communities where they live and work.

    The Richard “Fuzzy” Lenz Award was presented to Faw Lane for his contributions to his neighborhoods. His nominators noted that Mr. Lane contributes to meetings when needed, is a good listener and goes above and beyond. He is a major asset to the Tireless project and he is well known for his efforts to eliminate litter in the City.

    The Grassroots Award was presented to three winners who have contributed positive energy towards making effective change in our community. The first award was presented to Chama St. Louis. Ms. St. Louis currently serves on the board of the East Bluff Community Center and co-founded the Black Justice Project. Her nominators stated that she inspires many with her dedication to speaking the truth and uses her power to lift marginalized voices around her.

    The second recipient of the Grassroots Award was Carl Cannon. Mr. Cannon has inspired over 1,200 young people through his ELITE High School program over the past 11 years.

    The final recipient of the Grassroots Award was The Monday Gathering hosted by Sherry Cannon and Lynn Scott Pearson at the Ward Chapel Church. This weekly meeting brings people together to share information for better cooperation among people and organizations in Peoria. They work to break down barriers and provide solutions to some of Peoria’s most pressing issues.

    The Youth Award was presented to Jay “Lil’ Jay” Pearson for his positive energy and leadership at P-Town Soup events and other community meetings. With a big heart and a bright smile, he is a rising star in the City of Peoria looking to help serve his community.

    The Eric Turner Neighborhood Legacy Award was presented to LaVetta Ricca and Bernadine Nolan. This award was named for outgoing City Councilman Eric Turner who served 24 years on the council and was a longstanding advocate for neighborhood involvement.

    LaVetta Ricca, a lifelong resident of the Southside of Peoria, has dedicated her life to improving her corner of Peoria and is a champion of volunteerism and community involvement.

    After joining her neighborhood association years ago, Bernadine Nolan dedicated her time to clearing her
    neighborhood of litter and founded Dayspring Community Park in the Columbia Terrace North Neighborhood.

    The City of Peoria Community Development Department thanks all who came out to celebrate our neighborhood leaders and their accomplishments and hopes to see everyone next year in the 2nd District for the 2020 Neighborhood Reception.
    Josiah Williams, Constituent Advocate
    (309) 494-8636