2019 MLK Countywide Celebration Recap

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Champaign County Board, Parkland College, Village of Rantoul and the University of Illinois celebrated the legacy of Dr. King at the 18th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration held at Vineyard Church on January 18, 2019.

2019 Award Recipients

  • James R. Burgess, Jr. – Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award – First Followers
  • Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award – Alissia Young
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award – Seon Williams

Watch the 2019 MLK Countywide Celebration Video


Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana, the CU Immigration Forum, and the Urbana Free Library are proud to co-sponsor the Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration. This event is held in conjunction with Welcoming Week, a national week of events that brings both immigrants and U.S.-born residents together in a spirit of unity and raises awareness of the benefits of fostering an inclusive society. In 2017, the Cities merged the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards (CUIHA) with the Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony, as a new collaborative way to celebrate the accomplishments of local residents and organizations who are positively impacting lives both here and around the world.

2019 Celebration

The 6th Annual Welcome Awards Ceremony and Celebration will be held on September 21, 2019, 3pm at the Urbana Free Library. The event includes food, music, art projects for children, special guests, and features Oud, Guitar, Violin, and Flute, by local musicians. A free reception will immediately follow on the first floor of the Library.

2019 Welcome Award Recipients

  • Business Leadership Award –Ruth Wyman Law Office
  • Community Impact Award – Bend the Arc: Champaign-Urbana, Dr. Annie Abbott
  • Distinguished Leadership Service Awards – Claire Szoke
  • Leadership Awards – Guadalupe Abreu
  • Student Leadership Award – Susan Ogwal

Click here for more information about the award winners.

Watch the 2018 Immigrant Welcome Awards Video


Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards – (Retired)

From 2002-2016, the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards (CUIHA) were held annually to celebrate the achievements of Champaign County residents and organizations making significant contributions to international causes.  In 2017, the Cities formed a new collaboration with other local organizations who also honor those involved in humanitarian causes.  As a result of this new partnership, the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards are now included in the annual Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration, which is detailed above.  The merging of these similar award programs reaffirms Champaign-Urbana’s commitment to celebrating both local and international humanitarian efforts.  The Cities continue to honor and recognize the achievements of all past CUIHA winners, as well as those who remain committed to improving our global community.