Main Street Momence received 2 awards for quality projects in Momence last month during the 2015 Illinois Main Street and Illinois Historic Preservation Conference.
The Graham Historic House Museum was recognized by the State of Illinois in the Design Category for quality restoration. The noteworthy project headed up by Nancy Liberty Porter and Kevin Van Drunen proved to outshine other communities as dozens of communities submitted nominations. Van Drunen Farms funded the majority of the project. The Graham House is owned by the City of Momence and is open during Momence events and festivals.
Janine Gubbins Loftus, Executive Director of Main Street Momence accepted the Illinois Main Street Award for Outstanding Design for Momence late last month in Carbondale, Illinois during the annual Illinois Main Street State Conference. This award was one of two presented to Main Street Momence. Ms. Gubbins Loftus is shown with Cory Jobe, the newly appointed State Director for the Illinois Office of Tourism. Janine and Nancy Liberty Porter nominated the Graham Historic House & Museum as an outstanding building restoration project. (For more details read the award nomination)
Kevin Van Drunen & Nancy Liberty Porter are shown at the Van Drunen Farms Headquarters in Momence. Van Drunen Farms funded nearly 4/5 of the restoration costs for the Graham Historic House & Museum which won the Illinois Main Street Award for Design and Preservation late last month in Carbondale, Illinois. The Graham House was also recognized last year as they took home Main Street Momence's most coveted prize the "Les Du Montelle" Award for Excellence for Downtown Building Restoration. Nancy volunteered hundreds of hours as she oversaw the complete interior and exterior restoration of the 1869 modest Victorian home and Kevin ensured the only the best contractors and materials were used during the process.
The second award received in late June was in the Organization Category for Creative Fundraising. Main Street Momence took home an award for its Second Chance Prom event held in 2014. Shown is the committee who organized this one of a kind event which drew well over 100 guests ages 21 to 95. From left to right-Jamie Dropkowski, Malisa Berglind, Nicole Ford-Chair, Jen Hodgeman, Marilyn Monroe, Lisa Wogan, Heather Zelhart and Janine Gubbins Loftus.
The Second Chance Prom was a mock up high school prom complete with dinner, dancing, encouraged formal ware, a prom court with King and Queen elections, and entertainment by local celebrities. It was a chance to relive the glory days or create new memories surrounding one of the biggest events in young adulthood. The music ranged from big band swing to today's hits. Shown at left are King David Cook and Queen Lavella Arp.
The Second Chance Prom was an elegant evening of non-stop fun and entertainment. With over 100 guests, ranging in age from 21 to 95, Main Street Momence accomplished their goal of promoting the program to new audiences and creating a successful fundraiser. Thanks to the wonderful sponsors, Midland States Bank, Kankakee County Convention & Visitor's Bureau, Riverside Medical Center, Sammy's Pizza, Edmund Allen Lumber, Momence Pallet Corp., Ambit Energy, Sherwood Electric, Kankakee Concealed Carry, Momence Storage, and Off the Vine, the event expenses were covered. Main Street Momence continues to get requests as to when they will be hosting the next prom and look forward to continue helping raise funds for the betterment of Momence's heart and soul, its historic downtown district.