Community Advocacy Awards


OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois recognizes advocates throughout Central Illinois who are making a difference in the lives of children.

28th Annual Community Advocacy Awards Now Closed

Thank you for all of the submissions. Stay tuned for the announcement of our winners!


Each year, Community Advocacy Awards are presented in the following categories:

Dr. Mary Schultz Physician Award

Recognizes a physician who has spent his or her career improving the lives of children by providing outstanding medical care.

2018 Recipient – Dr. Richard Pearl


Bill Houlihan Professional Award

Recognizes a professional who advocates for children through their work, going over and beyond the daily expectations to improve the lives of children.

2018 Recipient – Kathryn Henderson


Christine Zak-Edmonds Volunteer Award

Recognizes those adults who embrace children and their issues, offer their time and talents as a volunteer to improve the lives of children.

2018 Recipient – Rose Gates


Joey Stowell Youth Award

Recognizes a person, 18 years or younger, whose unique accomplishments have improved the quality of life for children and/or teens in central Illinois.

2018 Recipient -- Summer Nagele


Group Award

Recognizes a company or organization that works continually over time in a variety of ways to improve the lives of children.

2018 Recipient -- Small Wonders Miracle Walk Planning Committee


Click here to read more about these recipients.