Bloomington foundation seeks philanthropist nominees

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
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By WJBC Staff

BLOOMINGTON – The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation is seeking nominations for its Philanthropist(s) of the Year.

An individual, couple, or family will be honored at the Community Foundation’s Celebrating Local Philanthropy Luncheon at the Normal Marriott Hotel on Nov. 15, 2017. Nominees must reside in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties.

The criteria are outstanding civic responsibility as demonstrated by contributions of financial resources and voluntary commitment of time, willingness to serve in leadership roles, and providing vision and the ability to involve others in philanthropic activity. Nominations should describe in 250 words or less why the nominee deserves this recognition.

Past recipients are Jerry and Carole Ringer, Deanna Frautschi and Alan Bedell, Roger and Mary Hunt, Bob and Julie Dobski, John and Jan Wohlwend, John and Marilyn Freese, and Darrell and Donna Hartweg.

The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2017. Entries may be submitted by mail to Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, 2401 E. Washington St., Suite 300B, Bloomington, Ill. 61704 or by email to Nomination forms are available for download from the Community Foundation’s website at

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation board members are not eligible to be nominated. For further information, call (309) 662-4477.


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