Celeste Award 2019

Celeste Webb, right, holds her Midge McDowell Lifetime Service Award award at Special Olympics Spring Games on Friday at Eastern Illinois University.

CHARLESTON -- Celeste Webb of Mattoon was presented with the Midge McDowell Lifetime Service Award at the 40th annual Special Olympics Illinois Region I Spring Games on Friday at Eastern Illinois University . 

Webb was added to the list of "outstanding, lifetime volunteers" to be honored with this distinction, according to a Special Olympics press release. 

Webb began her Special Olympics journey in 1979 as a teacher’s aide with Armstrong Center of Mattoon. She continued to be involved with Special Olympics through Armstrong Center until 1997 when she joined Consolidated Communications staff, the release states.

At that time, Webb was involved with the Special Olympics Family Festival. She has served on the festival planning committee for a total of 14 years, and was the festival chair in 2014.

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Over the past four years, Webb has committed 104 hours of volunteer service at Special Olympics Illinois Region I events, including Spring Games, bowling competition, basketball, and Polar Plunges, according to the release.

The recognition requires the nominee volunteer for Special Olympics Illinois events for 20-plus years, volunteer for the Special Olympics Family Festival and attend the event for more than five years, and serve as a Special Olympics coach, key volunteer at an event, or an event committee member. 

Dick Lumpkin was last year’s award recipient. 



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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