Hughes is 2010 SG Citizen of the Year
Selection committee cites her contribution to community culture
by Mike Slodki
SUGAR GROVEâ€”What should any candidate for Sugar Groveâ€™s Citizen of the Year award embody? â€œSomeone who loves Sugar Grove,â€ Sugar Grove Library Friends President and former Citizen of the Year Pat Graceffa said.
This yearâ€™s winner, Beverly Holmes Hughes, fit that criterion.
â€œSheâ€™s an asset to the community; she knows everyone,â€ Graceffa said.
The annual Citizen of the Year award ceremony took place on Saturday during the Corn Boil and highlighted Hughesâ€™ service to the community for the past 20 years.
â€œIâ€™m quite honored by this,â€ Hughes said on Tuesday at the Sugar Grove Public Library, where she is the director.
â€œAnd truly, like the rest of my life, this wasnâ€™t conventional,â€ Hughes said. â€œTo do what I do, in a place that I love, has been just a wonderful adventure.â€
Nearly 40 Sugar Grove residents nominated Hughes for the award.
Aside from being the library director, Hughes has given many hours of her time to the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Sugar Grove Library Friends, \Sugar Grove Corn Boil, Sugar Grove Historical Society and Sugar Grove Park District Garden Club, among other organizations.
â€œBeing involved for the last 20 years and to be recognized is just amazing,â€ Hughes said. â€œTo think all those times people said, â€˜You should be that person (Citizen of the Year),â€™ and Iâ€™ve always discounted that and said â€˜Iâ€™m just doing my job.â€™â€
The Citizen of the Year Committee, which selected Hughes from among the nominees, issued a statement about their choice: â€œBeverly has enriched life in our village with her selfless and creative involvement in many areas that truly enhance Sugar Groveâ€™s cultural opportunities.â€
A prominent example of Hughesâ€™ time and effort for the community was her role in the libraryâ€™s move a year ago to a brand-new building on Municipal Drive in Sugar Grove.
â€œItâ€™s about always moving forward and as a community and seeing what the next step is in order to help people in the community,â€ Hughes said. â€œItâ€™s like the reference desk; people come to us with a question and we help them find the answer.â€
Hughes, of North Aurora, follows previous winners Jim Wilhelm in 2009, Karen McCannon in 2008 and Joe Wolf in 2007.
Photo by Ben Draper