Take a Moment Winners
Dorothy was nominated by John Penn of Bloomington. According to John, “Everyone who knows Dorothy knows she is a true believer in giving back to the community.” Since 2008 she has been a dedicated volunteer, giving many hundreds of hours of her time at Holy Trinity’s St. Vincent de Paul Pantries in Bloomington. The pantry distributes food as well as clothing to nearly 200 people each week. She initially began by helping to start several hundred plants from seeds for the organization’s produce garden; a job she continues still today as Chair of the Garden Committee. Thanks to her efforts the St. Isidore pantry garden provides thousands of pounds of produce each year.
In addition, Dorothy is responsible for entering and filing information on the clients, finding recipes for them to use with the food products they receive, organizing truckloads of food and materials, and overseeing the many volunteers. It’s been said of her that, “Dorothy is the go-to person for the pantry. She’s the one who keeps the machine well oiled.”
Fourteen years of service to the needy of our community. Dorothy Deany is more than deserving for a moment of thanks and recognition!
Mary Jo Fowler
Mary was nominated by Kara Heuer of Normal, who said the following, "Mary Jo is a Lead Server at Jim’s Steakhouse and has worked there for 30 years. She considers her customers an extension of her family. She greets everyone with a smile is and is always attentive to their every need. During COVID, while restaurants were shut down, Mary Jo made sure her friends from Jim’s were taken care of and had a home-cooked meal, working from her own kitchen to supply hot meals. She picked up and delivered groceries for them and checked in with those who lived alone. At the height of the pandemic, Mary Jo ensured these folks did not remain isolated. There isn’t anyone I know who is kinder, more loving, or genuine than Mary Jo Fowler. She has a heart of gold and is an inspiration to all that know and love her."