Each summer Peoria Magazines hosts an intimate reception to honor “Local Legends”—those individuals who have had a lifetime of impact on the Peoria-area community—in conjunction with our July issue.
This year, we celebrate the accomplishments of G. Raymond Becker, Dr. Patrick Elwood, Hon. Joe Billy McDade, and Doug & Diane Oberhelman.
The 2019 Local Legends Reception will take place on Wednesday, July 10th, at the Country Club of Peoria.
Limited tickets are now available... click here to register!
Thanks to Our Sponsors...
John Bearce Companies
Wayne Baum Family Foundation
2018 Local Legends Reception
2018 Local Legends
- Bruce Brown: U.S. Marine & Restaurateur
- Anne Fox: Optimistic Humanitarian
- George Manias: Hard-Working and Humble
- Donald Rager: Doctor, Teacher, Visionary
- Gerry Shaheen: Executive and Board Leader
2017 Local Legends
- Dr. Stephen & Patti Bash: Catalysts of Healthy Living
- Royal Coulter: Business Leader with Integrity
- Ken Hinton: A Caring and Compassionate Educator
- Norman V. Kelly: Patriot, Storyteller, Historian
- Joan Krupa: Public Servant & Health Advocate
Photos from the 2017 Local Legends reception...
2016 Local Legends
- Byron DeHaan: Communicator of Culture
- Jean Ann & Gordon Honegger: Sharing the Wealth
- Mike Landwirth: A Life of Development
- The Honorable David Leitch: A Tireless Workhorse
- Sally Snyder: Advocate for Health and Education
2015 Local Legends
- Wayne Baum: A Legacy of Servant Leadership
- Bob Gilmore: “Yellow-Blooded” Philanthropist
- James Polk: An Advocate for All
- Dave Ransburg: Businessman and Civic Leader
- George Shadid: The Principled Statesman
2014 Local Legends
- John Bearce: Entrepreneur and Adventurer
- Lowell "Bud" Grieves: Developer, Businessman and Conservationist
- Gene & Harriett Swager: A Partnership in Service
- Kathryn Timmes: Teacher and Counselor
- Jay Vonachen: Businessman and Community Leader
2013 Local Legends
- Glen Barton: Businessman & Visionary
- Congressman Bob Michel: Distinguished Public Servant
- Art & Judy Oakford: A Pair of Peoria Philanthropists
- Gerald D. Stephens: Entrepreneur & Businessman
- Pete Vonachen: Peoria’s Mr. Baseball