Orland Township volunteers were honored for their contributions to Township programs at a recent awards dinner, according to the office of Supervisor Paul O’Grady.
The contribution of more than 120 volunteers was recognized during the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, hosted by Supervisor O’Grady and the Board of Trustees.
After describing the work done by volunteers and thanking them for their commitment to the community, department directors named a Volunteer of the Year for their department, a daunting task given the number of residents who regularly give their time to help out.
“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the Township,” said Supervisor O’Grady. “They selflessly give their time and talent and we look forward to this annual event to formally thank them and recognize their efforts.”
Volunteers who were individually recognized for their contributions were:
- Brianna Cozzolino, Youth Services Volunteer of the Year
- Jean Egan, Health Services Volunteer of the Year
- Andy Borucke, Food Pantry Volunteer of the Year
- Donna Daughtry and Caryl Tietz, Senior Services Volunteers of the Year
Department directors then unanimously chose Paul Chenj as Orland Township Volunteer of the Year. Paul lends his talents as a set designer to all the major events held by the Township, such as The Dating Game and Senior American Idol. From backdrops to lighting, Paul sets the stage to give each event the proper mood and ambiance.
Orland Township’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held Wednesday, April 18th at Gatto’s Restaurant in Orland Park.