Hoyleton Ministries held its Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet on February 12th 2016 at Gateway Classic Cars, O’Fallon.
Former St. Louis television journalist and current WSIE Interim General Manager Steve Jankowski served as Master of Ceremonies.
Hoyleton Ministries presents the awards to individuals and companies who go above and beyond in support of the mission.
Honorees included: Patina Glodo and MacKenzie Goolsby, of Sparta, recipients of Hoyleton’s Spirit Award for making Prom a night to remember for the girls attending.
St. Peter’s UCC, Okawville, was recognized with the Mission Partner Award, Reverend Jeff Schwabb accepted on the Churches behalf.
Cara Neahaus of Hoyleton was recognized as Hoyleton Employee of the Year; Anastasia Parker received the Diedre Buchanan Spirit of Love representative of the Hoyleton foster parent of the year; Bright Future Award: for the Hoyleton’s Independent Living Program was awarded to Adrienne Smith of Fairview Heights; Youth in Action Award was presented to National Honor Society members from NCHS and OHS in recognition to their efforts in supporting Hoyleton’s Christmas Gifts program, Community Service Award: University of Illinois Extension office serving Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington counties, Volunteer of the Year Award: Janet Klie and Gertrude Holle of Hoyleton, Director of the Year: Mark Westcott, Tim Boyce, Larry Kaburick, David Ritter, Mercedes Mark, Kevin Strope, and Jeff Schwab, were recognized for their volunteer leadership through Hoyleton’s Boards; President’s Award for lifetime achievement was presented to retiring Illinois South Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. Sheldon Culver.
“We are extremely thankful for the dedication, energy and spiritual support exhibited by this year’s honorees. Each award recipient has shown tremendous leadership in our community and has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities and hope for so many, ” stated Chris Cox, President and CEO of Hoyleton Ministries.
Tammy Jennings provided the evenings entertainment.
About Hoyleton: Hoyleton Ministries was founded in 1895 and is dedicated to creating a better world for the children and families of Southern Illinois. They serve 2,325 clients each year through their residential, child welfare, behavioral health, preventative services, and Puentes de Esperanza (Spanish-speaking) programs. Visit hoyleton.org for more information.