Local Legends

Local Legends

Their legacies are legendary, their impact profound. By sharing their stories, we hope to inspire the rest of us who are living out our own legacies, each and every day. We are proud to announce our 2020 Local Legends!

Sid & Flo Banwart 
Partners in Philanthropy

Over the years, this generous couple has quietly worked to make a positive impact on their community, having dedicated their lives to giving—and inspiring others to do the same.

Bob & Joan Ericksen
Connections to Nature

They came together as artists and teachers on a mission to connect children to art, science and nature, so today’s youth might experience the same magic they had felt as kids.

Junior & Jackie Watkins
Paying It Forward
From mentoring the next generation through sports to commemorating African American history, their life together has been one of dedication, purpose and accomplishment.

2020 Local Legends

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to celebrate them in person this year. However, we will be honoring them in other ways:

Mini-exhibit at PRM: We are partnering with the Peoria Riverfront Museum on a small exhibit featuring David Vernon’s beautiful portraits and significant historic objects from each of our Legends. We are still working out the details, but expect it to be in place later in July.

Six Foot SessionsFacebook Live: We are collaborating with videographers Jeffery Noble and Tim Sotter of Six Foot Sessions to host three socially distanced Facebook Live events honoring their work and achievements. Editor-in-chief Jonathan Wright and contributing writer/interviewer Mae Gilliland Wright will join our Legends for a series of fun and insightful conversations. These events can be viewed free of charge on our Facebook page and live-streamed into the comfort of your own home.

Mark your calendars! The Facebook Live events will take place on three consecutive Wednesdays:

  • July 15: Bob & Joan Ericksen
  • July 22: Junior & Jackie Watkins
  • July 29: Sid & Flo Banwart

Each event will kick off at 6:00pm and last approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Join us on Facebook to help celebrate these amazing individuals!

Many thanks to our sponsors for their patience as we worked out an alternative to our traditional event. None of this would be possible without their continued support! We are so grateful.

 

Thanks to our sponsors!
RLI Corp. Cullinan Properties David Vaughan Investments
Community Foundation of Central Illinois Hometown Community Banks OSF HealthCare
Farnsworth Group

Wayne Baum Family Foundation

 

2019 Local Legends

2019 Local Legends

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2019 Local Legends Reception

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