Excellence in Edwardsville
Mayor Art Risavy wishes to recognize residents whose generous efforts, contributions, and achievements foster and enhance civic pride and responsibility, promote appreciation, and embody the spirit of our City to encourage public service through selflessness. He is asking City employees and the community nominate those who are selflessly acting for the betterment of our community and/or neighbors through acts of kindness.
In order to nominate someone, you will need to obtain the name(s) of the resident(s) and contact information, and describe the contribution, achievement, act, or deed including the date and location along with a photo or video if available. As nominations are received, a resident or residents will be recognized at an upcoming meeting of the City Council and will be presented with a token of appreciation for their contribution to the City of Edwardsville.
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Recipients will be recognized at an upcoming meeting of the City Council and will be presented with a token of appreciation for their contribution to the City of Edwardsville.
The City of Edwardsville Coin to be presented to the chosen recipient at a City Council meeting or to them personally if he/she/they are unable to attend the City Council meeting.
The first Excellence in Edwardsville Award recipients, Harry and Erica Parker, owners of Gulf Shores Restaurant and Grill, were recognized at the City Council meeting on November 16, 2021. Their business raised over $12,000.00 for the family of fallen Pontoon Beach Officer Tyler Timmins.
Keyona Harris was nominated by Gregg Signorotti who wrote a detailed heartfelt and sincere description of Keyona Harris’s professional and compassionate actions during a medical emergency in which the Edwardsville Fire Department was dispatched to earlier this year. Ms Harris is a compassionate and empathetic caregiver who does everything in her power to ensure that her patients receive the best care possible. Mr. Signorotti stated that she is the definition of excellent patient care which should be emulated by all caregivers at all levels.
In August of this year, Kristen and her daughter, Nora, were spotted by a Community Service Officer picking up trash. They had noticed litter when they were at the Goshen Market and decided to do something about it. This mother daughter duo acted selflessly for the betterment of our community and were saluted by the Edwardsville Police Department for making Edwardsville a better place for everyone. Kristen and Nora inspired me to recognize residents with the Excellence in Edwardsville award, and so it is fitting that they receive this token on my appreciation.
Denise Arendell and Sarah Rankin are the co-directors of 100+ Women Who Care from the 618. These Edwardsville residents joined forces in the summer of 2019 to bring to our community a simple concept with a huge impact. They gathered like-minded women to meet and donate quarterly to collectively give to local nonprofits. To date the members of the organization have donated over $350,000. These women, their steering committee, and the dedicated members have truly redesigned giving in our community. All of the members are so deserving of this recognition.
Glynda Lavelle started GlenEd Do Good, which has 2,383 members. This group is a place to find out about supporting, serving and helping in our community. The group is about how we can make everyday differences and support those groups making this a great place to live. Local charities, churches, and schools will post about upcoming events and volunteer needs. This effort exemplifies and embodies the true meaning of the Excellence in Edwardsville award.
Sandy Deal is a school crossing guard for Columbus Elementary School, and has been dedicated to the safety of children for over 40 years. She is out rain or shine with her stop sign to protect the children. Sandy is truly devoted to the youth of this community, and encourages them to continue their education and never stop learning.
Elijah Manuel and Kenny Howard were happy to help a visitor to Edwardsville. Tracy Baer's tire popped and these two young men did not hesitate to remove her popped tire and replace it with her spare tire. She stated that they were kind and respectful and she appreciated the great experience that she had in Edwardsville.