This award is given each year to someone who, like Matt, knows the importance of serving your community to help make it better. This award recognizes an individual who has selflessly served the community with vision, humility, dedication and enthusiasm. (Note: Due to Covid-19 constraints, there was no award given for 2020.)
We are looking for nominees for the 2021 award.
Entry Deadline: Monday, September 13, 2021. The winner will be announced at the Foundation’s annual Fall Grant and Donor Reception.
Ed Curry was a compassionate person who had a strong love for his family and the communities in which he lived and worked. Mr. Curry filled many holes in his communities: Stephenson County Fair Board (former Board President), Elizabeth Community Fair, FFA (local, district and state), River Ridge school district (teacher), Pearl City School District, Zion Community Church (youth minister and Sunday school teacher and pastor).
FFA being a big part of his life, he was honored by receiving many awards- one of his proudest was the “District 1: Excellence in Teaching” award in 2017. Ed was driven to make a difference in many ways, through FFA activities, colleagues, FFA students, River Ridge students, and Sunday school classes at Zion Community Church. He was always willing to participate and help anyone at any time… for anything. Community service, volunteering and giving back to others was a big part of Ed’s life. Words cannot begin to express the impact that Ed had on the people around him, including his school family, church family, Pearl City community, and his own family and friends.
2019: Edwin R. Curry (posthumously)
2018: Teri Winter
2017: Marjorie F. Phillips
2016: Bill Kloos
2015: Alan Wenzel
2014: David A. Steenrod (posthumously)
2013: Matthew A. Marvin
Matthew A. Marvin was one of those special people who understood the value of being involved and who cherished the opportunity to generously give back to his hometown.