In 2007, the Heart of Illinois United Way established the Philanthropists of the Year to recognize members of the Tocqueville Society who are committed to the health and well-being of central Illinois. Each year, the award honors individuals or couples for their leadership, dedication, and inspiration in creating a lasting positive impact on the quality of life in our community.
The 2017 Philanthropists of the Year award was presented to Mark and Reneé Spenny at the fall Tocqueville Society Reception. Giving back to the community is important Mark and Reneé Spenny. Together, they have given generously of their time, talents and treasure to numerous organizations in central Illinois.
In 2010, Mark and Reneé chaired the Heart of Illinois United Way’s annual campaign, raising more than $8.7 million. Mark is President and CEO of CEFCU and Reneé Spenny has been employed in real estate title and loans. They have volunteered for numerous local nonprofits and most recently, Mark served as Chair of the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Board of Directors and Reneé served on the Power of the Purse steering committee. Continue reading