Patricia Seibert, of Utica, recently received a volunteer award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for her work on behalf of single mothers and nursing students for the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation.
Seibert won the Lewis J. Burger Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award at the 34th annual AFP Central Illinois Chapter luncheon at Par-A-Dice Hotel-Casino in East Peoria Wednesday. She was nominated for the award by Janice Corrigan of IVCC's Foundation office.
Seibert, who has raised more than $36,000 for the Patricia Seibert Take a Step Up Scholarship, began fundraising in 2012 by placing collection jars at gas stations and convenience stores. She later moved on to working weekly bingo games and soliciting individual donations.
"Pat has taken our foundation's mission out into the community," said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. "The hard work she's put in to build her scholarship fund is inspirational."
The AFP's Burger award honors donors, volunteers and fundraising executives "whose gifts of time, expertise and resources contribute significantly to the success of the nonprofit agencies and institutions they serve."
Seibert's scholarship has helped seven students; including those in nursing, criminal justice and health care programs, said IVCC Director of Community Relations and Development Fran Brolley.
In 2015, she received IVCC's Spirit Award, with Brolley saying, "For the countless hours she's devoted to single moms, for the thousands of miles she's traveled in raising donations, and for all the personal appeals she's made to make her scholarship a reality, it is an honor to present Pat Seibert this award. We cannot think of anyone who demonstrates our college's spirit better."