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Hearts of Gold 2019 Caring people receive the thanks of a grateful village.

In Arlington Heights there are people whose selfless attitudes and gifts to the community are boundless the ones with the hearts of gold.

Because the village never seems to run out of these kinds of people, Arlington Heights annually hosts the Hearts of Gold awards, celebrating people who live or work in the village and who have made a profound impact on the lives of others.

The 2019 award winners are:

* Beth Drost, Mentor Heart of Gold: After raising three children, Beth and George Drost became certified foster parents in 2008 and since then have fostered 48 babies.

* Dawn Dalton, Best Neighbor Heart of Gold: Since moving into town 12 years ago, Dalton has organized numerous activities to bring the Summerhill neighborhood together, including the annual barbecue block party, monthly girls' nights out, an Easter egg hunt and pumpkin carving party.

* Jim Voyles, Educator Heart of Gold: Voyles is the Girls Athletic/Activity Director/PE Leaders' Teacher/Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Rolling Meadows High School, whose students have done incredible projects for the school and community.

* Jack Muldoon, Young at Heart Award: Muldoon retired in 1996, but still gives lectures on investments for Wheeling Township, the Arlington Heights Senior Center and other local investment clubs.

* Tom and Alex DeTogne, Heroic Award: The DeTognes rallied many volunteers to complete a kitchen renovation for a neighbor whose husband died before he could finish it.

* Katariena Leazer, Young Champion: At age 6, Leazer got involved with a diabetes support group after being diagnosed with the disease herself. Now a senior at Buffalo Grove High School, she has raised more than $110,000 through numerous grass-roots efforts.

* Dave Flanagan, Volunteer Award: "Mr. Dave" has been a volunteer fixture at Westgate Elementary School for the past 11 years.

* Neil Scheufler, Community Spirit Award: Scheufler, who has lived in Arlington Heights for 33 years,

describes himself as being from a family of volunteers and says: "Volunteering and giving back is in my blood."

* Scout Troop 37, Kenneth Bonder Beautification Award: Under Scoutmasters Thom Banholzer and Mike Patterson, the troop has produced more than 10 Eagle Scout projects, several focused on beautifying the village.

* Dianna Ehrenfried, Business Leadership Award: One of her most cherished volunteer projects was working with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, where she guided young middle school students working to win startup capital to launch businesses they created.

* Allen and Laurel Katz, the Pam Stocking Heart of Gold Award: As parents of a son with a disability, Laurel and Allen Katz dedicate their time and efforts to organizations helping people with disabilities, underscoring that people with disabilities are not limited in actively participating in everyday life.

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Title Annotation:Special Sections
Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Jun 28, 2019
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