The Allen Award

Tags: Awards, devotion, direct action, impact, singular, repeated events


 The Reverend James E. Allen Award for Service to the Community holds a design that fills a need in our Mission.  

Many individuals and organizations come to our attention.  Most are deserving of recognition. Few find aplace of honor among the field of Hall of Pride members. This selection process is by design.  Hall of Pride "classes" honor only a few each year. Outstanding nominees who may not have the power and sweep of those elected to the Hall of Pride still deserve a form of recognition that honors their efforts.  Such nominees for instance, may have impressive credentials, but not the length of service that characterizes many in the Hall of Pride.  We designed a quarterly award appropriately under the namesake of our founder, Rev. James E. Allen, a man passionate about service to the community and a champion of recognizing those who make our neighborhoods better places to live.

The first Allen Award debuted at our November 12, 2014 Honors and Recognition Banquet. Rev. Allen was present. 



   2014 Bill Doolin, Harrah's Casino   

  2015 Jan Nahorski, Joliet Grafitti Abatement Officer    

  2016 Virgil Kemp, founder of Helpers of Mother Earth

   2016 Dick Schuster, President, Joliet Community Television (JCTV)

2017 Awards

First Quarter: Margie Woods, President of Healthy Communities Commission, Silver Cross Hospital

Second Quarter: Scott Slocum of WJOL radio

Third Quarter: Darlene Bull of Joliet

Fourth Quarter: Terry Kunze of Joliet                                     


  • Selfless devotion of community by direct action
  • Live in the Joliet or Will County region
  • Performed action above and beyond the usual call of duty
  • Action has community-wide impact or significantly
  • Improved the life or well being of individuals
  • Action noted promotes Project Acclaim Vision or Mission
  • Action enhanced the best interests of the community
  • Actions observed can be singular or repeated events, not necessarily associated with a long term activity or career                                                                                                                                

To nominate someone click here.