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2021: Sid & Flo Banwart

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…

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2020: Sharon Samuels Reed

Sharon Samuels Reed began her professional career as a music educator with Peoria Public Schools in 1972. After teaching for 22 years, mostly at Woodruff High School, she continued her professional service as Chairperson of Cultural Studies at Pekin Community…

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2019: John & Jeff Heintzman

John & Jeff Heintzman graduated from the University of Iowa in 1979. John then worked as a curator at Lakeview Museum and later served as the University Director of Galleries at Bradley University. John and Jeff previously served as the…

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2018: Preston Jackson

A professor of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Jackson is the head of the figurative area and has served as chair of the Sculpture Department.  He also teaches children´s art, painting, sculpture and tai chi…

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2017: Peoria Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1887, the PSO presents excellent live performances, innovative education programs, and engaging community outreach efforts, which significantly enhance the cultural life of central Illinois. In addition to their concerts, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra educates youth in the community…

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2016: Sharon & John Amdall

The Amdalls appreciate and support all kinds of art, including music. They have championed the Heartland Festival Orchestra since its founding in 2009. Going above and beyond donating by housing traveling musicians for the orchestra and even commissioning the Community…

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