Best of Springfield

BOS WINNERS: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Best Of Springfield 2020

click to enlarge BLM car parade - PHOTO BY MARY HANSEN/NPR ILLINOIS.
Photo by Mary Hansen/NPR Illinois.
BLM car parade

Best affirmation that Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter car parade
Finalists: Grab-a-Java's painted signs, Black Lives Matter capitol demonstration, White Coats 4 Black Lives SIU School of Medicine, Being Black at School

Business giving back during the pandemic
Papo's Café
3290 W. Iles Ave., 679-6044
Finalists: D'arcy's Pint meals for healthcare workers, Willow & Birch for free haircuts for healthcare workers, Café Moxo, Cured Catering service industry dinners

Children's support organization
Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery
1011 N. Seventh St., 525-6800
Finalists: Ronald McDonald House, The Outlet, Compass for Kids, Children's Miracle Network

Charity event
Memorial's Festival of Trees
Finalists: Fat Ass 5k & Street Party, Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery Children's Holiday Store, Legacy of Giving Music Festival, Phoenix Center Fall GAYla

City official
Ald. Kristin DiCenso
Finalists: Mayor Jim Langfelder, Ald. Shawn Gregory, Ald. Joe McMenamin, Ald. Doris Turner

Clergyperson
Martin Woulfe - Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Finalists: Eddie Lowen - West Side Christian Church, Rabbi Barry Marks, Rev. Susan Phillips - First Presbyterian Church, Pastor Mark - Calvary Church

County official
Sheriff Jack Campbell
Finalists: County Recorder Josh Langfelder, County Clerk Don Gray, County Circuit Clerk Paul Palazzolo, County Board Member Tony DelGiorno

Nonprofit assisting during the pandemic
Springfield Families Helping Families
Finalists: Central Illinois Foodbank, Helping Hands of Springfield, Forever Home Feline Ranch, SIU School of Medicine

Place to volunteer
Animal Protective League
1001 Taintor Road, 544-7387
Finalists: Springfield Families Helping Families, Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery, Compass for Kids Camp Compass, Refuge Ranch

Unsung hero
Teachers
Finalists: Erica T. Austin - Boys and Girls Club, Erica Smith - Helping Hands of Springfield, Katharine Eastvold – Springfield Families Helping Families, United We Pipe: Aidan and Damon McParland and Claire Smith – United We Pipe

Up-and-coming leader
Ald. Kristin DiCensio
Finalists: Scott McFarland, Sunshine Clemons, Tiffany Mathis, Tha MC - John Keating

Use of public money
Rent assistance
Finalists: Law Enforcement, Payroll Protection Plan (PPP), Illinois State Museum, Beautification

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