Rich Hartke, Teutopolis, received the Crystal Swan Award which is awarded annually to an outstanding board member. The Crystal Swan Award was created in 1993 as a way to recognize foundation board members who have gone above and beyond in their leadership and service to the Lake Land College Foundation during their tenure.
Willie Podestá Young, received recognition as the Outstanding Philanthropist for the year. Young’s connection to Lake Land dates back to the beginning of the college with a portion of the college sitting on land obtained from the Podestá family. Her parents, the late Dr. William and Margaret Podestá, were recently honored with a park on campus in their name: The Dr. William L. and Margaret Podestá Park.
“The park on Lake Land’s main campus, was the vision of Mrs. Young. She approached the College with an idea that would enhance the campus while creating a lasting legacy that memorialized her parents,” Hartke said. “The Dr. William L. and Margaret Podestá Park is the main focal point as guests exit the new addition and main entrance to the Luther Student Center.”
Debbie Kirts Thomason, Lake Land College director of dental hygiene/dental hygiene instructor, received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award.
“Debbie worked tirelessly to facilitate the Heartland Dental Dental Hygiene Lab renovation,” Hartke said. “She is a great volunteer fundraiser as she continues to regularly network with Heartland staff to help build the relationship and the program. Personally, Debbie is a Power Laker with over 10 years of continued giving to the foundation and a member of the Faculty Club giving society for her lifetime giving.”
The Leona Stanford Vollintine Trust, represented by Roger Hickman, trustee, received the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award. The Leona Stanford Vollintine Trust, established in 2000, is a charitable trust established by Mrs. Leona Stanford Vollintine. Mrs. Vollintine was an avid traveler, philanthropist and supporter of education.
“To date, the Leona Stanford Vollintine Trust has awarded over 100 scholarships to Lake Land students totaling $193,000. That is the Foundation Effect in motion!” Hartke said. “Lake Land College is just one of several educational institutions benefitting from Mrs. Vollintine’s generosity that includes public and private colleges and universities in Illinois and Colorado. The trust gives approximately $20,000 annually for scholarships in Mrs. Vollintine’s name at Lake Land College, making the trust a member of the President’s Silver Council Society for lifetime giving.”
This award is bestowed upon corporations, small businesses, industry, community organizations and private Foundations who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the overall educational experience of Lake Land College students by providing sustaining financial support through a pattern of reoccurring gifts and pledges making a significant difference at Lake Land College.
2017 – Heartland Dental & Farm Credit Illinois2018 – Agri-Fab2018 – Hydro-Gear2019 – The Leona Stanford Vollintine Trust
This award is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the overall educational experience of Lake Land College students by providing sustaining financial support throughlifetime contributions, and pledges or planned gifts, as well as service to the college and the community.
2017 – Gerald R. Forsythe2018 – Wayne & Clara Borgic2018 – Tom Grunloh2019 – Willie Podestá Young
This award is bestowed upon an individual who has given gifts of time and talent on behalf of Lake Land College students in securing private funding. The efforts of this individual serve as an example to others in making a difference in the lives of our students.
2016 – Doris Reynolds2017 – John Livesay2018 – Dr. Roger Dettro2019 – Debbie Kirts Thomason
The Crystal Swan Award is awarded to a Lake Land College Foundation Board Member who has gone above and beyond.
1993 – Consuello Luttrell1994 – Dale Adams1995 – Charlie White1996 – Jim Bennett1997 – Bill Rowland1998 – Susan Leach1999 – Mel Lockard2000 – Dr. Peter Bonutti2001 – Ann Bacon2002 – Anne Kabbes2003 – Dr. Roger Dettro2004 – James Zimmer2005 – Dr. Robert K. Luther2006 – Bob Willenborg2007 – John Livesay2008 – Preston Smith2009 – Debbie Benefiel2010 – Bob Pancoast2011 – Randal Miller2012 – Pat Monahan2013 – Paul Glenney2014 – No recipient2015 – Tom Wright2016 – Dr. Nanci Huels2017 – Chad Thompson2018 – Tom Grunloh2019 – Rich Hartke