Community Awards

Jen Smith Living Legendary Award

Jennifer Arnold Smith, who joined JLCU in the summer of 2002, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 30. Jen always had a zest for life and a desire to help others. She used her own personal story to educate others by helping to launch the Champaign-Urbana affiliate of Young Survival Coalition; by speaking at high school and college classes as well as national conferences; by writing a blog in addition to two books, Learning to Live Legendary and What You Might Not Know: My Life as a Stage IV Cancer Patient; and by mentoring many women one-to-one through Imerman Angels.Jen passed away on September 28, 2013 at the age of 36.  She was a loving mother, professional, friend, daughter, aunt, advocate and so much more.  The Jen Smith Living Legendary Award was created to celebrate her passion and compassion: she taught us how to live life to its fullest in spite of tragic circumstances.

Who is eligible to be a Jen Smith Living Legendary recipient?

This award is given to any member, active or sustaining, or community partner who demonstrated they are “living legendary” while being an advocate for a cause that betters the welfare of women and their community.

What is the criteria for nomination?

This award is intended for a member or community partner who:

  • is a community minded woman who does not let life define her by her cause but by the education she provides on behalf of the cause she fights for;
  • is dedicated to educating the community on a specific cause or civic issue;
  • is committed to family, friends and her community;
  • lives the mission of JLCU through her actions and service;
  • and inspires women to reach their dreams with courage, strength and love for others.

How do I submit a nomination?

Any Active or Sustaining member or a member of the community can submit a nomination. Submit the following form no later than May 1st.  The committee (consisting of the immediate Past President, the Sustainer Representative, the Community Impact VP and two At-Large members selected by the BOD) will choose each year’s honoree.  Please describe as specifically as possible how the nominee exhibits the qualities of Living Legendary.  The award will be presented at the Annual Meeting in May.

Click here for the Nomination Form.

Past Recipients:

2016 – Beverley Baker

2015 – Page Parkhill

Community Impact Partner Award

This award is given to a community partner who helps support one of our community outreach projects.

Past Winners:

  • 2015-2016: That’s What She Said
  • 2014-2015: McGladrey
  • 2013-2014: ACCO Brands for their support of Junior League Locker

Mission Partner Award

This award is given to a JLCU community partner who exemplifies our Mission within Champaign-Urbana.

Past Winners:

2014-2015: Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club

2013-2014: CarX Tire & Auto