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Geneva resident honored for making a difference

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 3:40 p.m. CDT
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Tom Indoe (from left), COO and president of Newman’s Own Inc.; Dan Marcec, member of A Lasting World Inc.; Jerry Marcec, treasurer of A Lasting World Inc.; actor Tony Danza; Wen Marcec, founder of A Lasting World Inc.; Larry Kramer, president and publisher of USA Today; and Delores Morton, president of the Points of Light Program Division, share a moment during a check presentation to A Lasting World.

GENEVA – Wen Marcec, a resident of Geneva and an employee of Geneva School District 304, was honored at the Make A Difference Day Awards ceremony honoring America’s top volunteers from the nation’s largest day of doing good. The event was held April 25 in Washington, D.C.

USA Weekend’s Make A Difference Day is a proud partnership with Newman’s Own Inc. and Points of Light. Each year in October, millions of Americans put their personal cares aside to tend to the needs of others.

For more than two decades, USA Weekend has honored the efforts of outstanding Make A Difference Day projects and the people who make them possible. Charities chosen by the national awardees each receive a $10,000 donation from Newman’s Own Inc. to continue the work that began on Make A Difference Day.

Marcec, founder of non-profit A Lasting World Inc., was one of 10 honorees who were recognized on April 25. She was honored for The S.A.N.T.A. (Send A New Toy (to) Appalachia) Project, an annual toy drive to rally the Geneva community to bring Christmas to underprivileged children living in poverty less than eight hours away.

A record of 2,100 toys, collected mostly by Geneva School District 304 students, faculty and staff, were collected and provided holiday gifts for more than 600 kids in Estill County in Kentucky.

Marcec’s project, which took place Oct. 27, 2012, was also spotlighted in an April 2013 issue of USA Weekend Magazine, and online at

Marcec will use the $10,000 donation from Newman’s Own Inc. to help fund Camp H.O.P.E., a weeklong, all-expenses-paid summer camp for children in Estill County who would otherwise not be able to afford to go.

The camp focuses on environmental education, but also provides children with activities and experiences that build self-esteem and promote continuing education.

For information about Marcec’s organization, The S.A.N.T.A. Project, or to make a donation to help fund Camp H.O.P.E., contact Marcec at

• This story was submitted by Wen Marcec of Geneva.

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