NeveHarms Long-time former Peoria Heights mayor Ray PicI, who has devoted thousands of hours to the local sports scene, is the winner of the Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award for 1998.
PicI, in particular, has been synonymous with the Bradley Chiefs Club and the Chicago Cub Boosters of Central Illinois.
He has been a past president and currently on the board of directors of the Chiefs Club, a major fund-raising organization for the Bradley athletic program. Head man of the Chicago Cubs Boosters for 13 years, his efforts have made the appearance of the cub winter caravan a major event in Peoria with thousands attending the banquet each year. During his presidency the Cub boosters club has donated well over $100,000 to local sports programs.
He also has been coordinator of the Central Illinois Chicago Bears Fan Club and last year he finished second among 96 fan club coordinators in membership recruiting.
He was chairman of the committee that brought Junior League Football to Peoria Heights. Other volunteer duties over the years included public address announcer for Peoria Heights grade school sports and Peoria Heights High School football and basketball, official scorer for the Peoria Heights High School girls basketball team and coach in the Peoria Heights Junior Basketball League.
Long-time former Peoria Heights mayor Ray PicI, who has devoted thousands of hours to the local sports scene, is the winner of the Neve Harms Meritorious Service to Sports Award for 1998.
A member of the Bradley University Athletics Hall of Fame, Savoie achieved international recognition in men’s figure skating during the 1990s and 2000s, highlighted by a seventh-place finish while competing for Team USA at the XX Olympic Winter Games in 2006 in Turin, Italy. Savoie qualified for the 2006 Olympic Games by winning the bronze medal at the U.S. Championships. Savoie learned to skate in group lessons operated by the Peoria Park District. He went on to represent the Illinois Valley Figure Skating Club and he based his training at the Owens Center in central Peoria throughout his career. Among his many achievements on the ice, Savoie was a three-time bronze medalist at the U.S. Championships, earning first-alternate for the 2002 Olympic Games. He won the gold medal at the 1997 U.S. Junior Championships and he finished fourth at the 1999 World Junior Championships.