The Illinois Council of Orchestrasâ€™ (ICO) 2013 Community Relations of the Year Award was presented to Pearl Strickland, Executive Director, Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) by Dr. Bruce Polay, KGS artistic director/conductor on behalf of ICO Board President Allan Dennis at the KGS April 27 concert at the Orpheum Theatre. Additionally in recognition of Stricklandâ€™s ICO Award, Representative Don Moffitt presented her an Illinois State Senate Recognition Certificate on behalf of Senator LaHood and an Illinois House of Representatives Certificate from Representative Moffitt. Deputy Mayor Wayne Allen presented a City of Galesburg Proclamation on behalf of Mayor Sal Garza. On behalf of the Galesburg Symphony Society Board of Director, Polay ended the ceremony with a bouquet of flowers.
The specific criteria for which The Knox-Galesburg Symphony received the Community Relations of the Year was based on projects undertaken which benefited the community as a whole and projects which involved other community organizations.