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McConnaughay spotlights every day hero, Sue Corbett, Village of Gilberts’ Community Service Award recipient

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights every day hero, Sue Corbett, Special Events and Meetings Manager at Prevent Blindness, and the recipient of the Village of Gilberts’ 2016 Community Service Award.

The Village recognized Corbett for her volunteer work with the Gilberts Police Department and service as a Board Member on their “Shop with a Cop” program. Each year, underprivileged children are nominated in the "Shop with a Cop" communities to participate in the program. The day of the event, the child is paired with a police officer for the day, and they eat breakfast together and then head to Walmart where they get to spend $100.

“The program has grown tremendously in the past three years. We have over 50 officers participate, not only from Dundee township but also from many other police departments in the area. Last year, we had up to 100 participating children with the donations we received and funds we raised,” said Corbett.

Corbett’s involvement with the police department began when she was volunteering at Gilberts Elementary School. She coordinated fundraisers and events, like the “Cops vs. Kids” basketball game, Special Olympics and the annual golf outing. Additionally, she has volunteered at Gilberts’ Community Days, which she helped to reintroduce six years ago, and has since developed into a large draw for the area.

Her commitment to service is not limited to her personal time; her profession is also dedicated to a higher purpose. As Special Events and Meeting Manager for Prevent Blindness for the past 18 years, Corbett has been responsible for planning the organization’s meetings and events and managing their donor relations. Most notably, she coordinates the annual Prevent Blindness Person of Vision event in New York City that has hosted up to 300 guests.

Prevent Blindness is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing future blindness and promoting vision care. They provide public and professional eye education, a help hotline, and programs that offer eye screenings.

“My work is really important to me. There’s a small time window for young children when their eyes are developing, so the time to reverse eye problems is really limited,” said Corbett. “I’m a major advocate for getting your eyes checked; early detection is so crucial and can save your sight.” 

Corbett has lived in Gilberts since 2003 with her daughter and son. She is honored to be recognized by the Village for community service, and says she owes a great deal to the wonderful members of the community for their support as she raised her children and is glad whenever she can give back.

“It’s so important that a town connects with their police department and works together. Sue really takes an initiative to promote community service and develop positive relationships in our community, and she brings that same dedication to her professional life,” said Senator McConnaughay.

Senator McConnaughay is proud to recognize Corbett’s community service and leadership in Dundee Township. For more information on her work at Prevent Blindness, visit http://www.preventblindness.org/.

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