BLOOMINGTON — Vicki Tilton, a downtown Bloomington business owner, volunteer and community supporter, was honored Saturday with the Legacy of Excellence award from the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber also honored Brandt, Community Health Care Clinic, Justin M. Boyd, Advocate BroMenn Health and Fitness Center and Corn Belt Energy Corp. during a sold-out gala at DoubleTree by Hilton. The annual event, which this year drew more than 700 business and community leaders, honors the success of Chamber member businesses.
In addition to Tilton, awards went to Brandt, New & Emerging Business Excellence; Community Health Care Clinic, Nonprofit Excellence; Country Financial representative Justin M. Boyd, Micro Business Excellence; Advocate BroMenn Health and Fitness Center, Small Business Excellence; and Corn Belt Energy Corp., Large Business Excellence.
Along with owning Fox & Hounds Day Spa for the past 28 years, Tilton has served on the Chamber board in various capacities. She dedicates her time to providing professional cosmetic services to breast cancer survivors, advocates for the growth and development of the Twin Cities, and serves on the board of numerous organizations, including Bloomington / Normal Sunrise Rotary.
The Chamber, quoting one of Tilton’s employees, described her as “the leader and human being we all wish we [could] be.”
- Brandt, an agriculture company, builds and sells equipment to farmers all over the world. Just over two years ago, Gavin and Shaun Semple of Canada-based Brandt acquired 40 acres of McLean County land, near Hudson, and expanded into the U.S marketplace for the first time. Brandt has brought many jobs to McLean County and sponsors Day of the Dozer, Drive for Hope, Faith in Action, and the McLean County Chamber Ag Awards Dinner. The company also partners with local schools to provide materials and educational opportunities to students.
- Since 1994, Community Health Care Clinic and its staff of 12 have provided free primary medical care to low-income residents and serves more than 1,100 people every year. Its free dental clinic for uninsured adults opened in February 2019.
- Boyd established his Country Financial agency in Bloomington in 2014. He helps numerous organizations, including Beyond the Books Education Foundation, Community Cancer Center, Red Cross Heroes Committee Alumni Board, and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber, quoting a Country agency vice president, said Boyd “consistently strives toward the highest levels of excellence in any pursuit.”
- Advocate BroMenn Health and Fitness Center, a community-centered resource, provides health coaches, dietitians, massage therapists, exercise professionals and trainers. In the past three years, the center and its staff have helped more than 5,500 members on their journey to better health. The center and its staff also support Midwest Food Bank, Children’s Advocacy Center and Back 2 School Alliance.
- Since its grassroots beginning in 1938, Corn Belt Energy Corp. has become the largest not-for-profit electric cooperative in Illinois, providing electricity for more than 35,000 homes and businesses in 18 counties. Corn Belt has a staff of more than 85 people and more than 5,000 miles of electrical lines. Corn Belt supports veterans, is involved with the Chamber, gives to causes including Ronald McDonald House, and provides 11 college scholarships each year.
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