Congratulations, Quinton Brown!

Earlier this month, we announced Quinton Brown of Peoria, Illinois as our first Central Illinois Volunteer Citizen of the Year award winner. This past Wednesday, July 10th, we honored Quinton at a special award event with the help of our media partner for the program, the Peoria Journal Star. The event was held at the New Beginnings Worship Center, where Quinton serves as an unpaid pastor. Over 30 of Quinton’s friends and family were in attendance, as well as Ken Mauser, publisher for the Peoria Journal Star and Illinois Senator David Koehler, who both spoke highly of Quinton’s dedication to making his community a better place to live. After the award event, Quinton and friends and family treated all attendees to a delicious meal and a tour of the New Beginnings Community Center. The $5,000 donation from Direct Energy will help build classrooms at the Center for the area’s disadvantaged children.

This was my 13th Volunteer Citizen of the Year award event and by now, I’ve read through hundreds of nominations. I am always so inspired when I read the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Quinton Brown is a perfect example and we couldn’t have picked a better first winner for our Central Illinois program. I feel really honored to have had the opportunity to meet such an amazing person. This is by far the most the rewarding part of my job so I look forward to next year!

2013 Central IL VCOY Winner

(Pictured from left: Chris Charbonneau, Manager, Acquisition Strategy for Direct Energy Residential; Quinton Brown, 2013 Central Illinois Volunteer Citizen of the Year winner; Ken Mauser, publisher for the Peoria Journal Star)

This post was written by Julie Hendry, Public Relations Specialist for Direct Energy in Pittsburgh, PA.