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    October 20, 2017
    Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Excellence Award is presented to Collinsville Hometown Heroes, Pat Reitz, at Community Awards Night
    (For immediate Release)
    October 18, 2017-
    The 2017 Collinsville Chamber Community Awards night awarded the Spirit of Excellence Award to Collinsville Hometown Heroes, Pat Reitz on Wednesday, October 18th at the Gateway Center.

    Pat Reitz created the Collinsville Hometown Heroes Banners project in 2016 and partnered with the City of Collinsville in helping honor our veterans, living or deceased from the Collinsville area. Their banners have been displayed throughout Collinsville main streets several times over the year and a half. The program and banners are dedicated to our US veterans and honoring their service to our country. This program has been the envy of the region, while many other communities are starting their own Hometown Heroes Banners, based on Reitz’ project.
    “This year the Spirit of Excellence Award goes to an inspirational person, Pat Reitz is my hero, for her passion of this project and all she has done to help honor these veterans and their families,” Collinsville Mayor John Miller stated. “She has brought our Collinsville community together to celebrate our heroes’ past and present but tonight, we are all honored to celebrate her,” Miller said.
    Attached is the link from the City of Collinsville Hometown Heroes Banners and more info on this project.
    The Spirit of Excellence Award has been established to honor those Collinsville men and women who have contributed to their community through their achievements.  These achievements may be in the arts, architecture, business, communications, education, entertainment, government, law, medicine, social services, sports, volunteerism and other areas vital to Collinsville’s quality of life.  This award is presented annually to one person whose achievements and long-term commitments of excellence during the past year have resulted in creating a better Collinsville for all of us. It is tradition that this award recipient is not announced until the evening of the presentation.
    The Community Awards night also honored other businesses and leaders in the Collinsville area.
    2017 Collinsville Chamber Community Awards Winners:
    Police Officer of the Year- Officer Doug Talbot
    Fire Fighter of the Year: Chris Castens
    Teacher of the Year: Mr. Michael Alexander, Collinsville Middle School
    Small Business of the Year: Code 3 Spices
    Corporate Citizen of the Year: Walmart Neighborhood Market
    Progress in Action Award: Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis
    Spirit of Excellence Award: Pat Reitz, Collinsville Hometown Heroes Banners

    (Pictured)- Walter Streuter- Collinsville Kiwanis, Shane Jordan- Walmart Neighborhood Market, Pat & Lenny Reitz- Collinsville Hometown Heroes, Chris Bohnemeier- Code 3 Spices, Chris Castens- Collinsville Firefighter of the Year, Officer Doug Talbot- Collinsville Police Officer of the Year, Michael Alexander- Collinsville Middle School, Teacher of the Year.
    All award recipients were honored and given their awards at the Gateway Center on October 18th. The Collinsville Chamber of Commerce hosts this event every year to recognize community leaders and businesses.
    Photo & video credit: Mark Ahlvers, City of Collinsville
    Press & media contact: Chanelle Smith, Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
    Chanelle Smith, Communications Coordinator
    (618) 344-2884