Steve and Jane Saale will receive the Circle of Care award during the Riverbend Head Start & Family Services 22nd Annual Circle of Care Dinner and Auction May 6 at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Helping others runs in Steve and Jane Saale’s blood. Their entire family is active in the community.
For example, as hosts of the American Cancer Society Mardi Gras in 2010, the couple helped raise more than $80,000.
“We are proud to be born and raised in this area,” Jane said. “We take pride in helping others who have been less fortunate. The Mardi Gras event was a huge undertaking, but well worth it.”
Many other local organizations have also benefited from their generosity, including the Riverbend Growth Association, Pride Inc., and United Way.
Their numerous contributions have not gone unnoticed. The couple will be honored for their good deeds during the Riverbend Head Start & Family Services 22nd Annual Circle of Care Dinner and Auction May 6 at Lewis and Clark Community College.
The Circle of Care award, established in 1994, recognizes those who exemplify the spirit of caring through their volunteerism, professionalism or philanthropy.
“Steve and I are humbled and blessed to be honored at the Circle of Care for Riverbend Head Start,” Jane said. “Raising money is important, not only for the Riverbend Head Start, but for other great causes as well.”
Jane is president of Cope Plastics Inc., which has twice received the Captain of the Riverbend Award from the RiverBend Growth Association. She also serves as president of the Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation Board, vice president of the Southern Illinois Employers Association and executive member of the International Association of Plastics Distribution.
Even though she is extremely busy, Jane believes it is important to remain involved in the community.
“Being involved is just what we do,” she said. “We’ve been so blessed in our lives, so it just makes sense. The best part is knowing that we are able to positively affect the local lives.”
Through their community service, the two have met many others throughout the Riverbend and forged lifelong friendships.
“We have met many other folks in the community,” Jane said. “Many of them have become good friends of ours.”
The Saales invite their friends, and even friends they haven’t met yet, to join them as a sponsor, attend the Circle of Care Dinner & Auction or simply donate in their honor. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit local children through Riverbend Head Start & Family Services.
Despite all their accomplishments, the couple is not done bettering the community.
“We want to continue to help transform the Riverbend area into a place where people want to live and raise their children by strengthening local schools and attracting more retail stores and a movie theater,” Jane said. “I encourage anyone who would like to make a positive impact on our community to get involved however they can.”
Those who would like to be involved with the Circle of Care Dinner & Auction can call Judy Gann or Kristen Gosling at (618) 463-5946.