Thursday, October 22, 2009

Peoria Honors its Neighborhood Do-ers

A good friend of mine used to say there are two kinds of people in the world - Givers, and Takers. Well tonight was a night for givers as Peoria honored those among us who work double time to make our neighborhoods cleaner and safer.

The 13th Annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards took place this evening at the Civic Center. The evening was well planned and moved quickly.

The stories were uplifting and abundant. Neighbors helping neighbors, families giving up their weekends, local businesses providing advice and financial resources, individuals standing up to crime and drug houses, city leaders responding to needs for stop lights, signage and other neighborhood concerns.

It was a showcase of resourcefulness, hard work and commitment- a very uplifting message. We do not have to surrender our neighborhoods to crime and neglect. The nominees tonight are an outstanding example of the alternative to flight!

Congrats to all the award winners, and also to those who don't win awards but work everyday to help and improve their community!

For more photos and details of the award winners please visit my Facebook page.

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