SYCAMORE – A “master connector” and “selfless” was how this year’s recipient for the Sycamore Chamber’s 2018 Clifford Danielson Outstanding Citizen Award was described.
The Sycamore Chamber of Commerce announced Gary K. Evans, 64, of Sycamore is the 2018 honoree.
Evans said he is honored and humbled to receive the award. Most of all, he said, he is lucky to be involved in many boards in the community and work with wonderful people on those boards, as well.
“To receive this and be nominated for it was just shocking, to say the least,” Evans said. “But I’m very appreciative.”
The award will be presented to Evans during the Sycamore Chamber’s 103rd Annual Meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall in Sycamore. The Chamber also will name 2018 businesses of the year.
Cliff Danielson, who the award is named after, was president and chairman of The National Bank and Trust Co. and was active in the community for nearly 70 years. Nominees must be Sycamore residents or people who have enhanced life in Sycamore and have 10 years of leadership in civic activities, according to a Chamber news release.
Evans has served on many boards and organizations in the community, including the Kish Health Foundation, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, Family Service Agency, First National Bank Challenge, Ben Gordon Center Foundation and the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp., the news release said.
Previous recipients of the award include Herold “Red” Johnson, Hays Knodle, Bob Wildenradt, Joe Bussone, Peter Johnson, David Juday, Max Brantner, Marjorie Danielson, John Ovitz, Michael Cullen, Dean Copple, Robert Hammon, Russ and Berni Schelkopf, John Kroos, Yvonne Johnson, John Boies, Bill Nicklas, Tom and Joan Fenstermaker, Bruce Griffith, Ken Mundy, Beth and Richard Willey, Robert Boey, Tim Suter, Joel Barczak, Mike Larson and John Ward.
Rose Treml, executive director for the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, said Evans was nominated in the past but is receiving the award for the first time. She said it is great to give Evans the award this year and recognize him for his ability to connect people who benefit from each other and use his own time and talents to raise money for good causes.
“His kids grew up here; he and his wife, Julie, still live here; his grandkids are in area – he has always been true ambassador for Sycamore,” Treml said.