Dinner held to honor community activists

By WEEK Producer

February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM CDT

East Peoria, Ill -- Community leaders are honored for their activism tonight at the Red, Black and Green Ball.

The African American Hall of Fame Museum dinner tonight at the Par-a-Dice hotel was themed "Making History Now."

Scholarships were presented to area high schoolers and community activists.

Organizers stressed the importance of having leaders for community members to look up to.

Rosemary McCullough, historian of the Hall of Fame said, "It's so important for our students and our community to know who are the role models in our city, and to be proud of Peoria so that other individuals will feel as if this is the city of choice."

The African American Hall of Fame Museum will be one of eight collaborative groups that will be represented at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Caterpillar chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman gave tonight's keynote address.

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