Illinois Valley Living honors Women of Distinction
OGLESBY — There were flowers and linen tablecloths. There was plenty of laughter and smiles, mixed with a few tears. There was insight and reflection. There was food and fun and all the makings for a day to remember ...
The Bureau County Republican’s Illinois Valley Living Magazine sponsored its long-awaited Women of Distinction Award luncheon Thursday at Deer Park Country Club in Oglesby. A packed house — comprised mostly of women and a handful of fellows — spent the afternoon to help honor the 10 women chosen as the inaugural Women of Distinction in the Illinois Valley: Kim Abel of Mendota; Kathy Casstevens of Utica; Mary Ann Cernovich of Sheffield; Lisa Clinton of Cherry; Dawn Conerton of Magnolia; Pat Schou, Nedda Simon, Loretta Volker and Teresa Zearing, all of Princeton; and Judith Wilkins Wright of rural Tiskilwa.
Each Woman of Distinction spoke to the crowd, many sharing anecdotes and experiences about their roles in their respective communities. They were stories of volunteerism, strength, challenges and kindness. They spoke passionately about what they do, and their uplifting messages — without exception — were inspirational to those in attendance. The women received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the event.
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