The Century Walk Corporation


October 8, 1997 — Source: Naperville Sun, The (IL) — Author: Pucky Zimmerman

A Naperville husband and wife are being honored by Illinois' first lady Brenda Edgar for their volunteer efforts in the community.

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce President Brand Bobosky was informed at Tuesday's board meeting that he and wife Mary Ann are recipients of the 1997 Illinois Reaches Out Award.

This is the first time in the history of the awards program that both a husband and wife have been chosen, said Mike Skarr, the chamber's executive director.

"We are lucky to have this kind of leadership in the chamber," Skarr said.

Attorney Brand Bobosky is the creator of the Century Walk, a downtown trail of public art works commemorating local events of the past 100 years.

He is an active member of the Central Area Naperville Development Organization.

Mary Ann Bobosky is community relations director for Naperville School District 203. She was nominated for her work in forging business education partnerships, Skarr said.

She helps organize the annual BEGIN Breakfast for incoming and retiring teachers.

"I feel humbled," Brand Bobosky said at the news.

But what has been accomplished has been the result of group efforts, he added.

His wife, likewise, complemented the chamber's work in promoting business partnerships.

"I'm most appreciative that the chamber is working with District 203," she said.

"It's outstanding that this community works so well together.

The schools can't do it alone."

Founded by Brenda Edgar, the Illinois Reaches Out Volunteer Recognition Program is co-sponsored by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The Boboskys will be honored at an Oct. 21 reception at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.


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