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Marce Van Glabek wins Charlemagne Award

ST. CHARLES – Marce Van Glabek has racked up several achievements.

She was the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce’s first woman president; she has served as director of the TriCity Family Services; she has received the Golden Achievement Award for 50 years in real estate; and she is a past LEAP Award winner for her years of community service.

Friday, the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce bestowed another honor to add to her list: the Charlemagne Award.

“It’s just great to be part of this community,” she said upon receiving the award. “This is just great. Thank you.”

Created in 1968, the lifetime achievement award honors individuals with a distinguished history of service to the community. It was based upon the “Legend of the Four Sons of Charlemagne” written by C.V. Amenoff, who served as St. Charles mayor from 1969 to 1973.

The Charlemagne Award was presented to Van Glabek during the 91st annual Charlemagne Awards Dinner in the St. Charles Ballroom of the Pheasant Run Resort.

After many years in real estate, Van Glabek opened her own office on Main Street near the old post office and later became affiliated with Coldwell Banker in Geneva.

She has been active with the St. Patrick’s Women’s Club, the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Glenwood School, the Golden K Kiwanis, the St. Charles Public Arts Committee and the Zonta Club of St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia.

Merilee Curtis of the St. Charles Public Library also was honored Friday. She received the LEAP Award, which is presented to women who go above and beyond the call of duty to help women in their business, the chamber, women’s business council or community.

The chamber gave these businesses and organizations the following awards:

• Civic Image Award – City of St. Charles, Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau, Haines Middle School eighth-grade football team, Pottawatomie Garden Club of St. Charles, St. Charles Arts Council and St. Charles Park District.

• Community Development Award – Ameriprise Financial, Aquascape, Autumn Leaves of St. Charles, Cadence Physician Group, Culver’s of St. Charles, Law Offices of Jotham S. Stein P.C., Savers, Spotted Fox Ale House, St. Charles Toyota, Szechwan Restaurant and Wild Monk.

• Community Image Award – Alps Wire Rope Corporation, Onesti Entertainment Arcada Theatre, In Motion Whole Health, Moss-Norris Funeral Home, Select Health Chiropractic.

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