First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Receives Community Service Award for Child Advocacy and Substance Abuse Prevention
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2000
SPRINGFIELD -– Illinois First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today received
the prestigious Paul Simon Community Service Award from the Illinois
Coalition for Community Services for her work in the past 20 years on
substance abuse prevention and advocacy for children.
"As an advocate of substance abuse prevention programs, I appreciate
the accolades for my work with young people and adults, but it is the
people on the front lines providing direct service who deserve the credit
and our gratitude," said Mrs. Ryan. "I will continue to dedicate
my life to helping people to protect themselves and their families from
substance abuse," she added.
The Illinois Coalition for Community Services hosted the third annual
Community Service Luncheon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield
to recognize efforts throughout local communities to help families.
This year’s conference theme, "Building Community," appropriately
mirrors the national trend toward volunteerism, which seeks to encourage
people to give of their time to help others in the nationwide community.
The First Lady has worked alongside her husband in public life for
more than 20 years to fight substance abuse. The Lura Lynn Ryan Prevention
Library is named after Illinois' First Lady in honor of her many years
of dedicated work to promote prevention practices in the state and nationally.
The library is housed at Prevention First in two locations, one in
Chicago and one in Springfield, has established itself as the primary
source for substance abuse prevention materials and resources in Illinois.
It offers the largest specialty collection of substance abuse prevention
and related materials in the state
The Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse has honored
her for her work in prevention. In 1989, Mrs. Ryan was named a delegate
to the Illinois Assembly on the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
She has been honored for the Hopedale Medical Complex for her prevention
work with Illinois' seniors and is a recipient of the McDermott Humanitarian
Mrs. Ryan serves as a director of the Life Education Center, a unique
prevention program operating several counties that steers children away
from drugs by teaching them to understand and respect their bodies.
Mrs. Ryan has served on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald
House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and is an honorary
director of Very Special Arts Illinois. She served as a member of the
White House 200th Anniversary Art Exhibition Committee.
The Coalition also will honor grassroots committees who have demonstrated
outstanding achievement in improving their communities and becoming