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Judson Announces Nominees for D. Ray Wilson Service Award

(Elgin, IL April 12, 2010) Judson University is pleased to announce the nominees for the D. Ray Wilson Community Service Award, which will be awarded during the university's annual Prayer Breakfast that will be held from 7:30-9 a.m., May 4 in the Lindner Fitness Center at the Elgin campus. 

Nominees for the award are Donna Anderson of Elgin, JoAnn Armenta, Ed Hunter, and Nancy Schueneman, all of Elgin; and Velma Gruenwald of Bartlett. The winner of this year’s D. Ray Wilson Community Service award will be announced at the breakfast. Last year’s winners were Jack and Marlene Shales of Elgin.

Donna Anderson spearheaded the push to make health care available for those less fortunate in the community and helped significantly in the formation of the Greater Elgin Family Care Center, which opened its doors in July 2001. Among other church work, Donna has also worked to empower women and families at the YWCA Elgin, serving on the board for seven years and as board president for three years.

JoAnn Armenta is nominated for her services to Administer Justice and service on the boards of the Gail Borden Library, Salvation Army and as an officer of LULAC. As one of the founders of LULAC and for her work on a special project, she was recognized by LULAC in 2005 as Woman of the Year. She also created a video highlighting the cultural diversity of local community leaders. She now works as Administer Justice’s Volunteer Services Director.

Another nominee is Edward Hunter, who served Provena Saint Joseph Hospital as chaplain for 25 years and is now the vice president of Mission Services for the hospital. Over the years, he has served several community agencies including the Community Crisis Center, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, Elgin Police Department Volunteer Chaplain, Kane County Health Department, United Way and YMCA among others. He has received several awards for his contributions including The Seigle Family Humanitarian Award in 2008, The Community Crisis Center Partner in Peace 2003 and the Hidden Heroes of Public Health Award in 1998.

Nancy Schueneman has volunteered in the community for several organizations including the YWCA, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Jayne Shover Easter Seal Center, Elgin Junior Woman’s Club, U-46 Project Access, Altrusa International and Sherman Auxiliary. She has also been involved with projects that have benefited Literacy Connection, PADS and Elgin Community College Foundation project to build partnerships between schools and businesses and other community groups.

Finally, Velma Gruenwald has served as director of Parish Education at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bartlett for 17 years. She conducts fundraisers for the preschool and serves in many roles from ensuring DCFS compliance to filling in staff roles as needed. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity in Elgin and has served Bartlett Elementary School.

This annual event attracts hundreds of business leaders, church members, volunteers and public safety and service personnel as Judson recognizes the services of community leaders and organizations, safety personnel and national service organizations for their contributions and services. The theme of this year's event centers around serving needy groups locally and globally, a theme that Alvin Bibbs will touch on during his keynote address. Bibbs is the author of a new book released in 2009, titled Crazy Enough to Care: Changing Your World Through Compassion, Justice and Racial Reconciliation.

Tickets are $16 per person and table sponsorships are available for $350 and include a table for eight and recognition in the program. Reserve your seat by April 25 by visiting or calling 847-628-1119.

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