DANVILLE — This year’s Illinois Jaycees and the Illinois JCI Senate’s “The Outstanding Young Persons” award ceremony on Saturday in East Peoria is honoring two winners from Danville.
The honorees at the 49th Awards Program include Bryan Stewart, nominated by the Danville Jaycees, and Julia Megan Sullivan, nominated by the Danville JCI Senate.
Stewart works for the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.
According to Danville Jaycees Vice President Susan Ballengee, the Danville Jaycees nominated Technical Sgt. Stewart because of his “continued work to improve the transportation of our nation’s veterans to be able to receive the care that they need.”
Sullivan is creative director at Trigard and acts in independent films and theater. She was recently named to Central Illinois Business Magazine’s 2013 Forty Under 40 list.
She spoke recently at a Body Love Conference in Arizona, and she also has spoken nationally on a variety of business topics.
“The TOYP program serves to recognize those young individuals in our great state who excel in their chosen fields, endeavors and show a great commitment to their respective communities. Our other hope is that by recognizing these honorees we will encourage not only the honorees to continue their ventures, but provide fitting role models for the young leaders of tomorrow”, said Roxy Baker, TOYP Chairperson and Illinois JCI Senator, in a press release.
Preceding Saturday’s program will be a medallion presentation ceremony for the honorees, their families and guests.
The Illinois Jaycees and the Illinois JCI Senate are proud to have been a part of encouraging and honoring young people from all across the state to continue the bettering of their communities in many different ways. Each year the Illinois TOYP program honors up to 10 outstanding young people who make a big difference in their communities. Past winners have included Northwestern University Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald, Chicago Bears Devin Hester and Chris Zorich, University of Illinois Head Basketball Coach Bill Self, Illinois Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth, U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock, WNBA player Ruth Riley and hundreds of other accomplished people in the fields of social services, religious leadership, and business and personal accomplishments.