Friend of Children Award
For more than a decade, the board members of Cunningham Children’s Home have selected individuals or organizations who have gone above and beyond to help our kids and we honor these individuals through the Friend of Children Award.
2012 Doug Bauling, who provided his expertise in Cunningham building projects for 30 years
2013 Gary Brummet, Chair of the Kendall Gill Golf Benefit for 24 years
2014 Harriett Weatherford and Tom Schaefges and Canine Friends, our Pet Therapy four-legged friends who loved our kids unconditionally
2019 Eastern Illinois ABATE, an area motorcyclist's rights organization which has supported Cunningham kids for 35 years by donating proceeds from their annual Toyz Run, buying items from our kids wish lists as well as purchasing large gifts for our residential units.
2020 Office of Financial Aid, A generous staff of an office at the University of Illinois who since 2005 have provided enough movie tickets for our youth and direct care staff to use on Christmas day. A wonderful holiday tradition.
Outstanding Alumni Award
One of the greatest testaments to Cunningham’s vision is the success of our alumni—people who received our services and have since gone on to become productive, engaged adults carrying out our mission through their words and deeds. To honor these special members of the Cunningham “family,” we launched the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2017. This award is presented to a noteworthy individual who demonstrates professional and personal success; service to the community; and a commitment to see children thrive and families’ flourish.