And the top honoree is . . .

     “One of our greatest duties is to help those who are in need,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “The Governor’s Home Town Awards are one small way we can honor those who have selflessly gone above and beyond the call of duty to help those around them and improve their communities.”

     (AAPNW-IL) – Chosen for the 2010 Governor’s Cup Award, the Community for Christ Assistance Center became the overall winning recipient for its project that not only meet the local needs of the communities they serve in Western Illinois of Camp Point, Clayton, Golden and Coastsburg, but also through their sponsorship of a 2009 back-to-school fair, nearly one-third of the area students were gifted pencils, paper, backpacks, including shoes to physicals as well as immunizations, dental exams and haircuts.

     Twenty-five other Governor’s Home Town Awards recipients were selected by a group of volunteer judges, whereas these award-winning communities were given a road sign and a plaque recognizing its efforts. All projects are reviewed and ranked based on local need, volunteer participation and use of resources and results, but only one project from each population category is then given the right-away to compete for the coveted Governor’s Cup, which the 2010 top honoree, Community for Christ Assistance Center, was bestowed with the traveling silver trophy, including a unique road sign that proclaims their efforts deemed most representative of Illinois’ spirit of volunteerism.

     Of the 26 projects from the various cities, villages, townships and counties of Wamac, Staunton, Country Club Hills, Mundelein, Schaumburg, Columbia, Gardner, Grafton, Elizabeth, Ullin, Savanna, Casey, Mt. Olive, Geneseo, Pinckneyville, Mascoutah, Dixon, Pontiac, Bourbonnais, White, Wheaton, Oswego, Hanover Park, Chicago as well as those by the 2010 top winner, they represent the work of almost 3,000 volunteers who devoted more than 91,000 hours of their time. Nearly $2.3 million in donated materials or in-kind services were provided and more than $3.1 million in private funds were raised for these projects.

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