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2018 Spirit of Batavia Award to be presented at Annual Inspire Awards

Nov 30, 2018 01:03PM ● By Hannah Ott

Batavia, IL - The Batavia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Batavia United Way orgnaziaton is this year’s recipient of the Spirit of Batavia Award. This is the third year the award is given to a group that has made significant contributions to the Batavia community.

"The contributions that the Batavia United Way have made to our community are immeasurable,” says Deitchman. “However, this year has really stood out for their service through the implementation of 2-1-1. The amount of work that Melinda and the board put into making 2-1-1 happen in Kane County is staggering. We are so lucky to have them working for the betterment of our community."

Besides getting 2-1-1 off the ground, Batavia United Way set records for their Success By 6 program as well as the holiday Adopt A Family program. This year, 29 Kindergarten Enrichment Scholarships were funded. The Adopt A Family reached a new milestone with 120 families being adopted by 89 different sponsors. The group also celebrated 90 years of helping Batavians in 2018, dating back to the early days of Batavia Community Chest.

Although Melinda Kintz, the part-time executive director for Batavia United Way is often the face of all that the organization accomplishes, she says it is the board of directors’ commitment that gets everything done.

“This is quite an honor for us. A big part of Batavia United Way’s success is that I have a working board, one that is willing to do what it takes to do the most good,” says Kintz. “I am lucky to have them.”

A committee of previous recipients of the Citizen of the Year award selects the Batavia Citizen of the Year from nominations received from the community. This group also chooses the Spirit of Batavia group honoree.

Batavia’s Citizen of the Year, the Spirit of Batavia honoree and Ole Award winners are presented at the annual awards event for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event, Inspire 2019: A Celebration of Those Who Inspire Us! will be held on Thursday, January 24 at the Nagel Emporium at Marmion’s Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Rd. in Aurora. For ticket information, register online at  or contact the Chamber at 630-879-7134.

Sources: Holly Deitchman 630-879-7134 and Shirley Mott 630-728-5315