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Work on Hometown Heroes banner project earns Collinsville Spirit of Excellence Award

reitz pat lennyPat Reitz, who created the Collinsville Hometown Heroes Banners project in 2016 and partnered with the city in honoring veterans, is this year’s winner of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce.

The honor came during the 2017 Collinsville Chamber Community Awards in October at the Gateway Center.

Pat Reitz created the Collinsville Hometown Heroes Banners project in 2016 and partnered with the city in helping honor veterans, living or deceased from the Collinsville area. The banners have been displayed throughout Collinsville main streets several times over the year and a half. The program and banners are dedicated to U.S. veterans.

“This year the Spirit of Excellence Award goes to an inspirational person. Pat Reitz is my hero for her passion of this project and all she has done to help honor these veterans and their families,” Collinsville Mayor John Miller stated. “She has brought our Collinsville community together to celebrate our heroes’ past and present but tonight, we are all honored to celebrate her,” Miller said.

A video link on the banner project can be found at

The Spirit of Excellence Award has been established to honor those Collinsville men and women who have contributed to their community through their achievements. These achievements may be in the arts, architecture, business, communications, education, entertainment, government, law, medicine, social services, sports, volunteerism and other areas vital to Collinsville’s quality of life. This award is presented annually to one person whose achievements and long-term commitments of excellence during the past year have resulted in creating a better Collinsville for all of us. It is tradition that this award recipient is not announced until the evening of the presentation.

The Community Awards night also honored other businesses and leaders in the Collinsville area.

2017 Collinsville Chamber Community Awards Winners:

Police Officer of the Year- Officer Doug Talbot
Fire Fighter of the Year: Chris Castens
Teacher of the Year: Mr. Michael Alexander, Collinsville Middle School
Small Business of the Year: Code 3 Spices
Corporate Citizen of the Year: Walmart Neighborhood Market
Progress in Action Award: Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis
Spirit of Excellence Award: Pat Reitz, Collinsville Hometown Heroes Banners

PHOTO: The Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Excellence Award is presented to Collinsville Hometown Heroes, Pat Reitz, at Community Awards the Gateway Center. She is shown with husband Lenny. The Collinsville Chamber of Commerce hosts the event every year to recognize community leaders and businesses.

Photo & video credit: Mark Ahlvers, city of Collinsville

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