River District Heart of Rockford Awards to be presented March 25

From press release

River District Association (RDA) has announced the nominees for the Heart of Rockford Awards. A six-member jury will review nominations, and the winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Heart of Rockford Awards & Annual Membership Meeting Thursday, March 25.

The event will be at the Rockford Woman’s Club, 323 Park Ave.

Social hour starts at 5 p.m., with entertainment provided by Jodi Beach. Brio Catering will provide appetizers during the social hour and the dinner buffet that starts at 6 p.m. Program is from 6:45 to 8 p.m., and guests are invited to stay afterward to socialize and enjoy more entertainment by Jodi Beach until 9 p.m.

The program includes a membership report to RDA members presented by Emily Hartzog, RDA Board of Directors president; the presentation of the Jon W. Lundin Historic Preservation Fund grants by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois; and the presentation of the Heart of Rockford Awards by RDA.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about what’s been happening downtown, get to know River District, and become a part of the movement to make downtown a better place for the whole community.

Tickets are $60 and include entertainment, dinner, tax, gratuity and program. Cash bar. (Tickets are $50 each for RDA members and $400 for a table of eight.) Tickets can be purchased by calling RDA at (815) 964-6221 or in person at the office, 127 N. Wyman St., second floor, Rockford. More information at RiverDistrict.com events page one. Reservation deadline is Friday, March 19.

The Heart of Rockford Awards program recognizes personal and financial investment in the heart of the City of Rockford. Since 1987, 198 awards have been given out. Many more people and projects were nominated, which represents millions of dollars of investment in downtown Rockford over the past 24 years.

“The awards program is an inspiring event that shines the light on investment in Rockford’s downtown River District neighborhood,” said Kim Wheeler Johnsen, executive director of River District Association, the organization that promotes and advocates for downtown, as well as serving as a liaison for development. “There are two themes in the nominations submitted this year—creative innovation and collaboration. It’s very exciting to see such imaginative work and passion among the nominations.”

Heart of Rockford Award nominees

New Business—Scratch & Plush, 510 E. State St.; Noonan Holdings, 318 N. First St.; Katie’s Cup Coffee Bar & Bookstore, 502 Seventh St.; Prairie State Legal Services, 303 N. Main St.

Commitment by a Business—Rockford Renewal Ministries, 111 W. State St.; Octane, 124 N. Main St.

Commitment by an Individual—Judy Barnard; the Rev. Dr. Robert C. Griffin & Connie Griffin; Raymone Roberts; Dr. Kris Tumilowicz

Commercial Renovation/New Construction—Noonan Holdings, 318 N. First St.; The Office, 513 E. State St.; Rockford Municipal Employee Credit Union (RMECU); Katie’s Cup Coffee Bar & Bookstore, 502 Seventh St.

Residential Renovation/New Construction—Victorian Home at 611 N. Court St.; River East Lofts, 202 N. Madison St.

Festival/Event—The Great Downtown Open House Collaboration; Trolley Good Time; A Salute to Mr. Lincoln; Mendelssohn PAC—125th Anniversary Gala

Historic Preservation—Victorian House, 611 N. Court St.; Katie’s Cup Coffee Bar & Bookstore, 502 Seventh St.; A Salute to Mr. Lincoln

Best of Heart of Rockford Award—Jury pick

From the March 17-23, 2010 issue

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