Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Wyndham Springfield – City Centre

The Outstanding Young Persons of Illinois Awards program (TOYP) recognizes individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 who exemplify the best attributes of young people from across Illinois. Congratulations to this year’s honorees:

  • Molly Berendt, 30, Springfield, IL for Contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights. Berendt is Founder and Executive Director of Compass for Kids which provides evening programs to low-income and at risk youth that include transportation, meal, social-emotional support and life skills classes.
  • Tricia Buehne, 38, Breese, IL for Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. Buehne is a community leader and serves on many community and professional boards including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland Chamber of Commerce and the United States Junior Chamber.
  • Christian F. Davis, 39, Bartlett, IL for Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. Davis is a founding member of the Home Connection Charity which is dedicated to sending care packages to American troops stationed overseas.
  • Daniel J. Emge, 37, Coulterville, IL for Political, legal and/or governmental affairs. Emge is a Judge of the 20th Circuit Court in Illinois and resident judge of Washington County.
  • Seth Jonathan Goldberg, 35, Arlington Heights, IL for Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. Goldberg is a volunteer with many community organizations that focus on children and young adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Alana Reynolds, 39, Springfield, IL for Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. Reynolds is an avid community gardener who helped create and volunteers with an after school gardening club and also volunteers with Boys and Girls Club teaching gardening to at risk youth.
  • Mary Sandner, 31, Cary, IL for Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. Sandner was a founder of The Community Meal, a non-profit organization that organizes community meals which provide a welcoming place, nourishing food, a listening ear, and acceptance to all regardless of faith beliefs of economic means.
  • Kiran K Velpula, PhD, 39, Dunlap, IL for Medical Innovation. Velpula is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria and a cancer researcher.
  • Brandi Weyers, 31, Edwards, IL for Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. Weyers is Co-Director of Paws Giving Independence, an organization which trains service dogs to physically assist people with various disabilities.



We can’t have a successful program without your assistance. The TOYP program is supported by local Jaycee organizations, Illinois Jaycees Charitable Foundation and local businesses. Please Support the program and congratulate the honorees by purchasing a Program Ad.

This program is given to everyone at the banquet and includes information on each honoree and members of the Illinois Jaycees Hall of Fame.  There are also incentives for free GA registrations and hotel rooms for chapters/individuals that help sell program ads.

Please contact us via email at for any questions.



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