A school bus driver who has spent much of his life working with kids through Kiwanis International will be recognized in October as the first-ever recipient of a new award created by the local chapter of the charitable organization.
Andy Collis, who drives a bus for District 91, will receive the Ed O’Shea Service to Youth Award during the Forest Park Kiwanis chapter’s 85th anniversary dinner on Oct. 27. The recognition was established in memory of O’Shea, who helped improve the lives of local kids for 50 years as a member of the local Kiwanis chapter. O’Shea, who also served as the village’s attorney for more than 40 years, died earlier this year.
Similarly, Collis has been a Kiwanis member for more than 45 years, serving as club president for two terms. He was also heavily involved with the Kiwanis Christmas Morning Basket program, according to a statement from the organization.
Tickets to the Oct. 27 dinner at Francesca’s Fiore are $40 and can be purchased at Accents by Fred, 7519 Madison, or by contacting Jerry Lordan, Kiwanis president, at 386-0127 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.