WEB OCC Spring Dinner 2015-049260
The 2015 Spring Dinner supporting Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream took place on April 23. The event featured speaker Rev. Dr. Wayne L. Gordon of Lawndale Community Church, plus the OCC children’s choir and updates on the center.

The Spring Dinner is also an annual opportunity to recognize the dedication of the hundreds of volunteers who make OCC a reality. This year’s dinner included the inaugural presentation of the Kathy Christensen Award, given to an extraordinary volunteer in memory of Outreach’s former volunteer director. The first recipient of the Kathy Christensen Award is Dori McFarland. In addition, the Covenant Award was presented to volunteers in recognition of 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service. Charlie Varavaro is the first volunteer to ever win the award for 20 years of continuous service. Here’s the complete list of Covenant Award winners:

5 Year Covenant Award

  • Ted Gray, Big Buddy Program
  • Donald Keplinger, SALT Tutoring, Shopper Helper
  • Scott Kischer, Big Buddy Program
  • Amy Knorring, Big Buddy Program
  • Francisco Silva, Big Buddy Program
  • Karen Silva, Big Buddy Program
  • Ralph Gehrig, Older Adults Program
  • Don Kenyon, Older Adults Program
  • John Wheatley, Older Adults Program
  • Ray Peterson, Superb Students
  • Jan Chavat, Big Buddy Program
  • In remembrance of Gene Cascoigne, Older Adults Program

10 Year Covenant Award

  • Phyllis Bauler, Older Adults Program
  • Reginald Heeley, Older Adults Program
  • Sally Hill, Older Adults Program
  • Judith Leo, Older Adults Program
  • Dottie Mann, Older Adults Program
  • Allen Reed, Older Adults Program and Jubilee Neighborhood School
  • Mark Tader, SALT Tutoring
  • Fred Wayland, Older Adults Program

15 Year Covenant Award

  • Nancy Howser, Older Adults Program
  • Tania Mitton, JNS Tutoring
  • Debbie Page, JNS Tutoring and Child Care
  • Robbie Spehr, Older Adults Program

20 Year Covenant Award

  • Charles Varvaro, JNS Tutoring

Save the date for the 30th Annual Spring Dinner on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Next year’s event will feature speaker Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries and an acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches.