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Judson Seeks Nominations for the 2021 Volunteer Service Award and Youth Award at Annual Community Prayer Breakfast

 (ELGIN, IL – February 17, 2021) Judson University is seeking nominations for the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award and the Bea Wilson Youth Service Award, which are presented each year at Judson University’s Community Prayer Breakfast.

Both awards recognize candidates who have contributed to the greater good in the Fox Valley community by voluntarily serving others' physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual needs. The recognitions will be given during Judson University's Community Prayer Breakfast, which will be held Monday, May 10, at various locations on campus (1151 N. State St., Elgin) to provide adequate spacing for participants.

Prayer Breakfast Winners 2020

Last year, Judson held a Facebook live event to award the 2020 recognitions. The D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award recipient was Jeorge Holmes of Elgin, Ill. Jeorge has served in full-time pastoral ministry for 27 years with two churches in California and two in Elgin, including Highland Fellowship Church and Highland Christian Academy. He established and led “Love Elgin Day,” which partners with 40 churches, 30 businesses and city service groups to provide health and other services to thousands of community members as a faith-based effort to demonstrate the love of Jesus. He also provides vocal entertainment for many nonprofit and Christian organizations around the Chicago area. Jeorge graduated from Judson in 1989 and is an adjunct faculty at Judson University.

The Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Service Award recognizes freshmen through juniors in high school in the Fox Valley for voluntarily performing community work that serves others’ physically, emotionally, intellectually or spiritually. The Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Service Award winner will also receive a $3,000 scholarship annually to attend Judson University.

Last year, Judson awarded the Bea Wilson Youth Award to RJ Green, now a junior at Westminster Christian School. The Carpentersville, Ill., native was recognized for providing music for church services and helping create the bulletin and power points used for weekly church services at Westminster. RJ is an honor student, a Pep band student director and music arranger, section leader for the Symphonic Winds and Percussion, writer of the month in February 2020, master musician of the month in January 2020 and nominated by his peers to lead the sophomore class lip sync competition. RJ also received the “Best of the Day” solo award at the Roselle Fine Arts Festival.

The awards were named in honor of D. Ray Wilson, a former Judson trustee and publisher of the Courier News, and his wife, Bea Wilson, who was a community champion of hope, service and hospitality. This Spring, the 2020 award recipients will be honored as well as the new, 2021 honorees.

All nominations must be submitted by the deadline, Friday, April 9.

Nominations for the awards can be submitted at these links:

D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award - JudsonU.edu/communityaward

Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Service Award- JudsonU.edu/youthaward

Any questions about the Community Prayer Breakfast, award nominations or sponsorship can be emailed to julie.schmidt@judsonu.edu. All nominators and nominees are invited to attend the prayer breakfast. Nominees receive a complimentary ticket to the breakfast.

General admission tickets are $30. Table sponsorships are $500 for businesses and non-profits and $300 for Church Table sponsorships with each receiving a table of eight guests. Tickets will be available beginning Sunday, March 1. Find out more information at JudsonU.edu/prayerbreakfast.

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