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Photo Credit: David Vernon

During his 41-year career at Caterpillar, Sid played a key role in bringing the Caterpillar Visitor Center project to fruition, and helped ensure that the Peoria Riverfront Museum would be located next door. In addition to her philanthropic work and leadership, Flo founded numerous sewing groups over the years, and is known for her breathtaking quilt designs. Together they have quietly and faithfully furthered the mission of many arts organizations and non-profit groups in the greater Peoria region, servings on boards, underwriting programs, and cultivating partnerships that enhance the vibrancy and further the impact of the arts in central Illinois. Their leadership paved the way for groundbreaking collaborations between the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and WTVP, resulting in the Musical Discovery educational program and the Sound Bites concert series. These programs were designed to extend the cultural impact and presence of the PSO beyond performances on the stage through local public TV broadcasts to reach people who may not have the ability or opportunity to attend Peoria Symphony concerts.

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