Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Patch readers voted in December to select Barnas as Patch's Person of the Year. The community organizer sat down recently with Patch to discuss her work coordinating events to benefit Rachel Swallow.
Editor's note: Mokena Patch readers voted in December to select Marisa Barnas as Mokena Patch's Person of the Year. To learn more about Barnas and her local fundraising efforts, read our Person of the Year profile below. When it comes to fundraising, Mokena resident Marisa Barnas is an unstoppable force. In the past year, Barnas has raised more than $100,000 for the Swallow family, whose youngest child, Rachel, spent much of the past year in a paralyzed state. The Barnas and the Swallow families know each other well — they live just one block apart in the Tara Hills subdivision and their children are friends. Last March, Rachel, who would be a sixth grader at Hilda Walker Intermediate School this year, developed a fever that worsened …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Voting continues through Dec. 30.
Who deserves to be recognized as Mokena Patch's Person of the Year? During the past week, readers have submitted names of folks they feel deserve the honor. We received three nominations. Below, you'll find answers to two questions about each nominee from those who nominated them. We did not change the answers at all. What was submitted to us is what you see. Vote by selecting a person on the attached poll above. And, while you're at it, leave a few thoughts in the comment section about why he or she received your vote. You must be logged into the site to vote and comment. We will accept votes until the end of the day on Dec. 30. Whomever receives the most votes is Mokena Patch's Person of the Year and will have a story written about his …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Know someone who made a difference in Mokena during the last 12 months? Nominate them for Person of the Year.
Mokena Patch is currently taking nominations for Person of the Year. If you have a friend, family member or colleague who helps make Mokena a better place to live, nominate them! We're looking for people who are involved in the community and work every day to improve Mokena for residents, whether it be through service work and volunteering, community leadership or something as simple as spreading joy and positivity with an optimistic attitude. Patch will be accepting nominations Dec. 18-23. Readers will have the opportunity to vote for Person of the Year from Dec. 24-30. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Lincoln-Way Patch sites: