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SwedishAmerican Foundation Receives

May 9, 2013

The SwedishAmerican Foundation is proud to announce that it has been named as the 2013 winner of the Chester W. Anderson Civic Hero Award, presented by ZION Development. The Foundation was chosen as an organizational winner for:

•Its efforts to serve the Mid Town District, especially children.

•Bringing many outstanding and helpful programs to serve Mid Town District residents.

•Expanding its mission dramatically, to embrace the new CICS-Patriots' charter school, which opened this year and now serves 258 students in grades K-4.

•Working to coordinate its mission with those of Zion Lutheran Church and ZION Development to serve Mid Town in a more historical way.

In a congratulatory letter to the Foundation, Nancy Johnson and Natalie Willis (daughters of the late Chester Anderson), said: "These are just a few of the high points of your selfless service to your neighborhood and to the community. We know you have done much, much more even than this. Thank you, SwedishAmerican Foundation, for being such a help and a hero in Mid Town and in our community."

About Chester Anderson

Chester "Chet" Anderson was a high-energy man who loved Rockford and the neighborhood around Zion Lutheran Church. He was also a man of action and he always had a project—so he put his love of community and the "parish" around Zion Lutheran to work all the time. He simply wanted to see the neighborhood and the community stronger and the people better off. He was a long-time leader in the church, and he was proud to be a founding member of the board of ZION development, a Christian neighborhood development organization that sprang from Zion Lutheran in 1982. When Chet Anderson passed away in August of 2008, gifts given in his memory were used to honor those people and organizations that continue to do heroic things in service to others in the neighborhood or community.

About the SwedishAmerican Foundation

Established in 1981, the SwedishAmerican Foundation raises, invests and distributes funds for the benefit of SwedishAmerican Health System and its mission to take care of the Rockford community. This includes SwedishAmerican Hospital, its clinics and the neighborhood surrounding the hospital.

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation. Through an exclusive affiliation with UW Health, SwedishAmerican will soon expand world-class cancer services across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin when it opens a new cancer center in October 2013.

For further information, contact:
Paul Greenland

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