FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WAUKEGAN, ILL. Sept. 11, 2013—The Board of Directors and Executive Director of Waukegan Main Street, a nonprofit organization working to revitalize the economy and preserve the historic character of downtown Waukegan, honored six volunteers during its annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. The event was held at Jerry’s Tacos, 120 N. Genesee St. in Waukegan.
Outstanding volunteers representing each of Waukegan Main Street’s four committees were singled out for recognition by their respective committee chairs.
“Volunteers are the heart of Main Street, so it’s difficult to choose just one person as the outstanding volunteer of the year. This year we’re honoring an individual from each committee whose work and dedication had an immediate and/or long-term impact on our organization,” said Jane Ferry, Executive Director.
Irene Edgar received the Design Committee award for organizing an architectural scavenger hunt in conjunction with Waukegan Public Library’s Monarch Festival. Edgar, who created the scavenger hunt several years ago, updates it each year with new pictures. Approximately 1,300 people attended the Monarch Festival on Sept. 8.
Bob Sobol received the Economic Development Committee award for his ongoing work on the kiosk program. Kiosks, to be located throughout the Main Street District, will feature directional maps, event postings and advertisements from local businesses and organizations. The first kiosk is on the northeast corner of Genesee Street and Clayton Avenue, outside the Genesee Theatre.
Lisa Chester received the Promotions Committee award for her work on the weekly “Upcoming Events” email that goes to nearly 3,000 individual addresses as well as the new Waukegan Main Street website, as well as for marching with her family in the Independence Day parades the last two years.
Marilynn Eccles, Lynda Guynn and Erica Lewis received awards from the Organization Committee for their work on the silent auction during Waukegan Main Street’s annual Mardi Gras fundraiser.
Wrapping up the awards presentation, Ferry said, “Let me reiterate something from the beginning of the night: Volunteers are the heart of Main Street. Every person in this room has donated time, talents and often money to further our goal. You’ve served on the board, on committees or on projects. You’ve stuffed envelopes, made phone calls and picked up trash. You are there when we call. Please accept this thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
For more information, visit WaukeganMainStreet.org or call 847-623-6650.
About Waukegan Main Street
Waukegan Main Street is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rebuilding and reinventing Waukegan’s historic downtown business district by partnering with residents,
small-business owners, property owners, developers, the City of Waukegan and entities such as the Waukegan Park District, the Waukegan Port District and the Waukegan Public Library. With programs that help small businesses thrive and events that bring people of all ages downtown, Waukegan Main Street is a driving force in creating a more vibrant downtown.
Media Contacts: Jane Ferry, 847-623-6650, firstname.lastname@example.org.