More than 200 supporters of Abilities Plus gathered Oct. 26 at the Annawan Banquet Center for the agency’s annual awards banquet.

More than 200 supporters of Abilities Plus gathered Oct. 26 at the Annawan Banquet Center for the agency’s annual awards banquet.

The 2017 award winners were:

Achiever of the Year — Alex Boelens, of Geneseo, was named Achiever of the Year. Boelens works in the client breakroom canteen where he provides assistance in a friendly, helpful manner when others are making purchases. His duties include collecting money, providing change and totaling funds at the end of the day.

Business Award — The First Congregational Church of Toulon, who has been a loyal financial contributor to Abilities Plus since at least 1995, and currently provides weekly janitorial work at their church for an Abilities Plus cleaning crew, received the Business Award.

Employment Award — Broken Chimney Restaurant, of Kewanee, received the Employment Award. In November 2016, an individual served at Abilities Plus was hired as a part-time dishwasher at the restaurant. Owners Andrew and Rita Speck have been very supportive, complimentary and willing to provide additional training if needed.

Civic/Community Award — Deitrick’s Alpaca Ranch of rural Prophetstown, received the Civic/Community Award. Owners Dwight and Wanda Deitrick and their staff have made a positive impact on individuals served at Abilities Plus by inviting participants to their ranch annually since 2011 for a day of tours, activities and lunch.

Director’s Award — Mike Zerull of Geneseo, received the Director’s Award. Zerull was employed with Abilities Plus for 22 years, serving as Executive Director for eight of those years. During the past 12 months, he provided invaluable input, advice and assistance, along with volunteering his time to put up Christmas lights as well as work on landscaping at the day program and group home sites on North East Street.

Special Recognition Award — Attorney Tom Montgomery, of Cambridge, received the Special Recognition Award. He retired this year from the Abilities Plus Human Rights Protection Committee after serving as a member for 35 years.

Volunteer Award — Matt Marchand, of Galva, received the Volunteer Award. He provided volunteer assistance every morning through the summer months, even organizing a music class and writing a song with Abilities Plus participants and then making a recording of the personalized music.

Posthumous Award — Louise DeToye, formerly of Kewanee, was honored with the Posthumous Award. DeToye retired as a volunteer from the Abilities Plus Resale Shop at the age of 92 in 2012, after serving as a dedicated volunteer for 29 years. She died Jan. 15, 2017.