United Way accepting nominations for Bonansinga Award

Posted: Mar. 8, 2014 6:54 pm Updated: Mar. 23, 2014 1:14 am

The United Way of Adams County is accepting nominations for this year's Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award.

"Each year, United Way of Adams County presents (the award) to an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of community service," said Kim McElhany, a resource development and marketing associate with the United Way.

The award is named after its first recipient in 1988 and honors exceptional community leaders who demonstrate:

A high level of service, leadership by example.

An intensity of energy in their work that invigorates and inspires others.

Longevity of service and work that nurtures the community.

Choosing commitments based on the needs of others and the benefit to the community without thought of personal recognition.

The true joy of helping others.

Bonansinga was the first chairman to lead a United Way campaign that exceeded the $1 million mark. Near the close of the campaign, he inspired campaign volunteers to reach the goal saying, "Anything less is not acceptable for this community."

"His leadership and vision still inspire us today," McElhany said.

The Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award will be presented April 8 during National Volunteer Week at the Noon Rotary Club meeting at Tony's Too inside the Holiday Inn, 4821 Oak in Quincy.

For information, call 217-222-5020.