To Be Honored at Nov. 15 Luncheon
BLOOMINGTON — Duane and Toni Farrington of Bloomington, who have given generously of their time and treasure to many local organizations, have been named the 2018 Philanthropists of the Year by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF). They will be honored at the Celebrating Local Philanthropy Luncheon at noon on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 8 Traders Circle, Normal.
“The Farringtons exemplify the spirit of philanthropy through their involvement in, and support of, numerous community organizations during the 14 years they have lived in our community,” said IPCF Executive Director Greg Meyer.
Duane Farrington is Executive Vice President – Technology, Digital and Innovation for State Farm Insurance. He began his career with State Farm in 1980 in Pennsylvania, moving to Bloomington for the first time in 1988. The Farringtons relocated and returned to the community many times, most recently returning in 2009.
Duane is very involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal. He serves as chairman of its “Community Advisory Council,” meeting quarterly with local community leaders to update them on happenings at the Club; volunteers most Wednesday nights as part of the “Passport to Manhood” program; and chaired the Club’s annual fund drive campaign and fundraising breakfast in 2015. He also is a current member and past Member of the Year of the 100 Black Men of Central Illinois and The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. A member of several state and national groups, Duane is also a board member of Heartland Jazz Orchestra locally.
Duane and Toni Farrington co-chaired a capital campaign for The Community Cancer Center during the latest addition to build a new tower for the patients and their treatments. The Farrington family are active members of Eastview Christian Church in Normal. Duane is an usher, greeter and leader of the Monday Night Men’s Bible Study Fellowship and Toni volunteers in the pantry at least two mornings a week.
Toni Farrington is a member of Western Avenue Community Center’s board of directors and volunteers as a mentor twice a week during the school year with the PETALS (Providing Education & Training to Achieve Lasting Success) program. She recently served on the search committee for a new executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of B-N and currently is a member of the Promise Council at Oakdale Elementary School in Normal, serving on the Back to School Basketball Jamboree and Educational Summit committee.
According to their nominator for the award, “Duane and Toni together have developed close personal relationships with many of us over the years, working very closely, diligently and quietly on many philanthropic endeavors in our community.”
Also being held on Nov. 15 at the Radisson is a morning workshop for staff, board members and volunteers of nonprofits entitled “Nonprofit Board of Directors: Creating and Maintaining an Effective, Engaged Board.” For more information or to register, visit www.ilprairiecf.org/celebrating-local-philanthropy, or contact Michele Evans at [email protected] or 309-662-4477. Reservation deadline is Nov. 8.
About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 20th year, encourages and facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors who care with causes that matter to them. The Foundation currently manages assets of more than $16.5 million in 160 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds. More information is available at www.ilprairiecf.org.
Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director, 309-662-4477