Arts Quincy TORCH Award Profile

Arts Quincy (The Quincy Society of Fine Arts) was founded in 1947 as America’s First Community Arts Council. For over 70 years, Arts Quincy has been committed to increasing fine arts access to every resident in Adams County, IL and the surrounding area. The organization promotes and supports music, dance, visual arts, theater, literacy, history…

Make-A-Wish® Missouri makes a difference

The story of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation began when a 7-year-old Phoenix boy, diagnosed with leukemia, wished to be a police officer for a day. His name was Chris Grecius, and according to LuAnn Bott, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Missouri, he sparked a global movement. The community in Phoenix, AZ, rallied around Grecius, and in…

Veterans Home Care helps vets claim benefits

As Edith Sperling’s cancer progressed, her daughter, Bonnie Laiderman, became her caregiver. Late in her mother’s illness, Laiderman learned of a Department of Veterans Affairs benefit called Aid and Attendance, which can pay for personal care services. Edith, the widow of a Korean War veteran, would have qualified. Yet, by the time Laiderman applied for…

JC Car Care & Tire TORCH Award Profile

Decades ago, Jack Sims, owner of JC Car Care & Tire, had a revelation about customer service that changed his entire perspective. Sims was working as a mechanic at a Florissant, Mo. auto shop when his girlfriend, soon to be wife, brought in her car for a checkup. Sims noted that the alternator belt was…