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The Peoria Education Foundation’s Past, Present and Future Virtual Event raised $15,000 to support an emergency fund, scholarships and teacher grants.

The Peoria Unified School District event also highlighted this year’s Visionary Awards winners, which would have been recognized at a gala event in April.

The 2020 Visionary Award Winner was the Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and City Council, who “supported partnerships that enhance the educational environment across the district’s 42 schools,” said Danielle Airey, a PUSD spokeswoman.

The 2020 Business Leader Award winner is Z’s Fine Jewelry, “for their contributions to the Foundation.” Located near the Peoria/Glendale border, Z’s Fine Jewelry is a family-owned and -operated jewelry store run by Joe Schiavone, along with his wife, Brooke, and Brooke’s parents, Bill and Jennifer Zacharias.  

“Joe has donated his time and expertise to the foundation, serving two years on the board of directors,” Airey said. “The foundation has benefited from Joe’s business sense as well as generous donations from the store for foundation fundraisers.”

The foundation awarded its 2020 Nonprofit Collaboration Award to the HART Pantry. The HART Pantry is a local nonprofit with a primary mission to provide weekend food bags to teens who may be homeless or living in a situation with no adult support. The HART Pantry also provides basic clothing, toiletries, school supplies and refurbished bikes to allow teens to get to school and work and helps struggling teenagers find jobs, get training and gain access to social support programs.

The Peoria Education Foundation’s  2020 Community Partner Award recipient is Andre Licardi. He was recognized for his “role in the development of key partnerships such as the Kennedy Center and innovative programs including Arts Integration that enhanced arts instruction.”

For more information about the Peoria Education Foundation’s Visionary Awards, visit the foundation website at peoriaedfoundation.org.