Current Year Recipients
Metro East Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2010-2016)
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.
The Edwardsville YMCA is dedicated to enriching the lives of all individuals and families in the communities we serve through programs and services based on Christian principles that promote a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
E.P.I.C. (Edwardsville Peer Influence Club) (2010-2016)
A group of students at the high school who commit themselves to educating their peers about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. The members of EPIC take a pledge to be alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free. Further, they pledge to spread that “no-use” message to their peers at the high school. They do this through a variety of means, including: providing education, planning and implementing communication campaigns, bringing in speakers, planning alternate activities, and modeling positive life choices. They advocate for safe activities for teens and have participated in community events designed to educate the public about the dangers of providing alcohol to minors.
These students also pledge to maintain good grades and to participate in volunteer activities. They have donated countless hours of service to their school and the community.
In short, this great group of young people truly embody the notion of putting their beliefs into action.
Habitat for Humanity (2009-2010)
Habitat for Humanity LogoHabitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and saftey. The volunteers that make up the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon chapter of Habitat for Humanity are working to fulfill this mission in our local area.
Women’s Christian Center (2007-2008)
The Women’s Christian Center is an organization that assists women in crisis and transition that may need temporary housing, counseling for divorce, job training, resource referrals, among other support services. This organization is at its genesis and needs help to move forward. The Center is currently housed at LeClaire Christian Church.
YMCA of Edwardsville (2006-2007)
The YMCA Meyer Center has served as the host to the event for the past two years and will continue to be the site for years to come. As a recipient for this past year and this coming year, the YMCA has ear-marked proceeds for a special program they run for youth and adults with disabilities. Interaction offers social and recreational outlets in the form of swim nights, movie nights, and other activity nights to a disabled population. We anticipate that GELN will supports this program with over $10,000 over it’s two year term.
Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7 (2005-2006)
The school district was the original host of the event at the High School and afforded us the facilities at no cost to the event. As a token of gratitude for getting the event off and running, the GELN committee chose the district for 2006-2006. The district received over $10,000 towards a special project during it’s term.
Faith In Action (2004-2005)
In our second year of the event it was decided that we aould split the proceeds between two deserving charities/organizations and Faith In Action was chosen for it’s services to the elderly and physically challenged individuals in our community. Faith in Action helps transport these folks to doctor appointments, pays social visits and generally tries to enhance the quality of life of this population within our community. Faith In Action received over $10,000 from the Glen Ed Last Night Event.
Glen Ed Pantry (2003-2004)
The Glen Ed Pantry helps area needy families with food supplies, sundries, clothing and support. The pantry received 100% of the proceeds in our first year ofthe event with a check of $5000.Over the two years of their term, the Pantry received over $10,000.