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On August 3, guests celebrated the service of nonprofit organizations and the generosity of those who support those organizations throughout Northwest Illinois. Emcee’d by WIFR’s Chief Meteorologist, Mark Henderson, guests enjoyed a beautiful evening of almost perfect weather and a delightful dinner spread at The Muse on Cedar Creek.

The evening highlighted the stories award winners Dave & Pat Casper (Galena) and James Rhyne (Freeport).

The Craig Wilson Ecological Stewardship Award was given in honor and memory of Northwest Illinois resident, Craig Wilson, well-known for his devotion to agriculture and the outdoors. This year, the award presented to Dave & Pat Casper of Galena for their enduring contributions to the conservation of farmland, the Native American land heritage, and the native woodland and prairie habitats of the Driftless region through their relationship with the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation.

The Matthew A Marvin Community Impact Award was given in honor and memory of local philanthropist, Matt Marvin, who understood the value of being involved and giving back to his community. This year, the award was presented to James Rhyne in recognition of his dedication to youth development dating back over 30 years at The Boys & Girls Club of Stephenson County & Northwest Illinois.