The Heart of Illinois United Way funds community programs and services to promote education, financial stability and health in Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford Counties in Central Illinois.

Sally Snyder, 2017 Hoot Gibson Honoree

2017 Hoot Gibson Honoree Sally Snyder with Board Chair Tim Neuhauser

Sally Snyder with Board Chair Tim Neuhauser

Since 1985, the Heart of Illinois United Way has recognized a volunteer who spends countless hours working without fanfare to help others. The annual Hoot Gibson award is presented in memory of Horace J. “Hoot” Gibson, who pursued his goals in a quiet, determined manner, caring little if others knew of his accomplishments. For her volunteer leadership in central Illinois and outstanding support for Heart of Illinois United Way, Sally Snyder was awarded the 2017 Hoot Gibson Award.

Sally first became involved with the Heart of Illinois United Way as a board member in the mid-1990s and just finished another term of office. As a long-time supporter of the United Way, she’s been a member of the Success By 6 steering committee and has been instrumental in our support of early childhood education. She also serves on the health and rehabilitation allocations panel and devotes countless hours each year reviewing grants and attending agency presentations. Over the years, she has also served on our Pillars Society and Strategic Planning committees.

With a passion for education, Sally Snyder has spent years on the Peoria Public Schools’ board including serving as board president. In addition, she has provided volunteer leadership to numerous nonprofit organizations including the Hult Center for Healthy Living, Peoria Riverfront Museum, WTVP, Peoria Promise, Heartland Health Services and Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois.

Congratulations to Sally!