Village of Westmont
Date Issued: March 12, 2013
At the annual Westmont Awards Dinner held on March 11 at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott, Hank Anzelone was named the 2012 Westmont Citizen of the Year. “Hank is such a wonderful person,” says Mayor Pro Tem Sue Senicka. “He does so much for the community. He is just tireless when it comes to giving to Westmont. And his impact reaches all of southeast DuPage. We can’t thank him enough for all he does.”
While Hank is an active volunteer in a variety of capacities with numerous organizations, he is possibly best known for his remarkable work with the People’s Resource Center. Hank was instrumental in bringing a People’s Resource Center presence to Westmont in 2002. Over the years, the Westmont outlet has served 1000s of area residents in need. Anzelone is an active volunteer with Westmont Special Events, has helped coordinate food drives during Westmont Holly Days, and is currently the Knights of Columbus Grand Knight. Hank is an active member and volunteer with Holy Trinity Church. In past years, he worked with area youths as a baseball coach and teacher.
The People’s Resource Center (PRC), located near Ty Warner Park at 649 Blackhawk Drive, offers a variety of services and programs. “We believe in the neighbor-to-neighbor philosophy,” says Anzelone, who has been a Westmont resident since 1972. “We want to empower people to become victors over their difficult circumstances.” In general, PRC helps people in need. Specifically, PRC provides a food pantry, clothes closet, limited financial assistance, computer training, job training, English as a second language instruction, adult literacy classes, financial literacy classes, and more.
“Right now, we’re looking for prom dresses,” says Hank, who is gearing up to help families with students who want to attend end of the school year celebrations but may need donations to participate. Even when Hank was receiving the Citizen of the Year Award, he used the moment to promote upcoming events and fundraisers.
“We’re very fortunate with the number of people who step forward to volunteer,” says Hank regarding the PRC volunteer staff. “I think it’s every person’s responsibility to step forward to be involved in their community.”
The other nominees for Citizen of the Year were Bob Fleck, who has been an active resident through the Park District, the Lions Club, youth sports and more, and Rose Yauk, who has been a valuable member of the local American Legion for many years..
The Village of Westmont thanks all of the nominees for their service to the community and congratulates Hank Anzelone in receiving the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award. For more information regarding the PRC, visit their website at www.peoplesrc.org or call 630-682-5402.
Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Media Relations Coordinator