Duane and Toni Farrington

Duane and Toni Farrington have been named 2018 Philanthropists of the Year by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.

NORMAL — Duane and Toni Farrington, who have been active with numerous community organizations in Bloomington-Normal, have been named 2018 Philanthropists of the Year by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.

They will be honored during the Celebrating Local Philanthropy Luncheon at noon Nov. 15 at the Radisson Hotel and 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," foundation Executive Director Greg Meyer said in a prepared statement.

They co-chaired the Community Cancer Center's most recent capital campaign and are active members of Eastview Christian Church in Normal, where Duane leads the Monday Night Men's Bible Study Fellowship and Toni volunteers two mornings a week in the pantry.

Duane Farrington is executive vice president-technology, digital and innovation at State Farm. He is active with the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal, serving as chairman of its community advisory council, volunteering Wednesday nights in the Passport to Manhood program and chairing the club's annual fund drive.

He is a member of 100 Black Men of Central Illinois and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and a board member of Heartland Jazz Orchestra.

Toni Farrington is a member of Western Avenue Community Center's board of directors and is a volunteer-mentor there twice a week. She is a member of the Oakdale Elementary School Promise Council.

Also on Nov. 15 at the Radisson is a workshop for staff, board members and volunteers of nonprofits. The workshop, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., is titled, "Nonprofit Board of Directors: Creating and Maintaining an Effective, Engaged Board."

Registration for the workshop and luncheon are open. Cost of the workshop is $25, but two people from the same nonprofit may attend for the price of one. Cost of the luncheon is $40.

For more information or to register, visit www.ilprairiecf.org-celebrating-local-philanthropy, or contact Michele Evans at mevans@ilprairiecf.org or call 309-662-4477. Registration deadline is Nov. 8.

The foundation facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors with causes that matter to them. The foundation manages assets of more than $16.5 million in 160 funds.

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Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech


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