Graceffa receives community service award from Sheriff

By on October 31, 2010

Story corrected Nov. 4 @ 9:18 a.m.

KANE COUNTY—Kane County Sheriff Patrick Perez on Wednesday presented three local citizens with the Roscoe Ebey Citizen of the Year Award.

Among the winners was Pat Graceffa of Sugar Grove, whom the sheriff recognized for her volunteer efforts in the community.

“Pat volunteers for almost every event held in the village and her tireless efforts to give back to her hometown often go unnoticed,” Perez stated in a press release.

The other Ebey Award winners were Dawn Vogelsberg of Geneva and Emily Laughead of North Aurora.

Vogelsburg is the executive director of the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson research. The foundation has raised over $300,000 in its first four years of existence. Information on the Paul Ruby Foundation can be found at Vogelsburg also is active in fundraising efforts for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.

Emily Laughead, 12, has raised more than $40,000 during the past eight years in hopes of finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Emily was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 4. More information about her efforts is on her website

According to Perez, all of the recipients have given back to the community.

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