Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Spirit of Grace" to Lila Blum and Jan De Young

The "Spirit of Grace" award for 2008 Arts Patrons of the Year was presented last week by the Grace Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, IL to Lila Blum and Jan De Young. The dynamic duo founded the AAUW(American Association of University Women) Art Presenter Program thirty-five years ago and have co-chaired it ever since. Thousands of elementary school children from Monmouth and the surrounding area have benefited from the program and hundreds of local citizens have been marshalled to present artwork in classrooms throughout the county. Both women are retired educators with long records of community service.

The award was presented by Buchanan Center Board President, John Vellenga, at the annual Buchanan Center Taste of the Arts Banquet and fundraiser on Saurday, November 8, 2008. Below are some additional pictures of the event.

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