WOODSTOCK – Jim Campion has always focused on coordinating the reverse raffle at the District 200 Education Foundation’s yearly dinner. This year, he’ll have to take a second to accept his own prize.
The former chairman of the foundation’s board on Saturday will be presented its Award of Excellence, a yearly honor given to individuals for their long-term commitment and contributions to District 200 education.
Campion served on the foundation board from 2002 to 2009 and held the title of chairman for about five years.
“He’s been just a tireless volunteer,” said Erich Thurow, the board’s current chairman. “If it wasn’t for him, who knows where the foundation would be at this point?”
Campion, a partner at the McHenry County law firm Campion, Curran, Lamb & Cunabaugh, placed his commitment to District 200 within a larger belief that people should give their time when able.
He couldn’t remember exactly what first piqued his interest in the foundation.
“I probably got involved because it’s my sense that it’s peoples’ obligation to get involved in things in their community,” Campion said. “That’s something you should do.”
Campion has continued to coordinate the raffle since he left the board in 2009.
In a statement from the foundation about the award, district and foundation leaders praised Campion’s leadership and humility. Rick Amundsen, who took over as chairman from Campion, said his leadership was instrumental in lifting the annual Groundhog Day Dinner and Auction to an event that brings in as much as $40,000 a year.
Campion, who will be honored at that event Saturday, said the award caught him off guard.
“I appreciate the recognition,” he said, “but it certainly wasn’t necessary.”