About Max and Doris Hunt

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If you don’t know Max or Doris Hunt, their biographies are below.  Please scroll down and see why they exemplify Volunteerism.

Shannon Callarman created a video about the memorial sculpture project when it was introduced. She said, “It’s such a pleasure listening to different perspectives on reflections. In the video below, sculptor Guy J. Bellaver, Al Patten, and David Hunt emphasize the importance of the Max and Doris Hunt project and what it means to them personally.”

Max L. Hunt [1922 – 2007]

Education:
Ball State University – B. A. Education
University of Vermont [Army Air Corps training]
University of Bristol [England]
Mr. Hunt interrupted his education to enlist in the Army during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and after the war, returned to his education in England, ultimately graduating from Ball State University in Indiana.

Work:
Mr. Hunt spent most of his work life in the textile industry, principally in sales.  In 1982 he became Owner and President of Northfield Block Company (concrete manufacturing), continuing to serve as Chairman of the Board until his death.  The Chicago Tribune published an article about him in 1993 – Max Hunt: A Gift To St. Charles Who Keeps On Giving.

Community Service:
Community Unit School District 303:
Past President – Lincoln School PTO
D303 Board of Education for 16 years
Past President Board of Education – 1976 through 1983
Elgin Community College – Mr. Hunt was honored for his efforts in passing a critical ECC referendum
American Legion Post 342 Member, St. Charles, IL
Co-Founder – Tri-City Family Services, St. Charles, IL
Chairman of the Steering Committee – Powder Keg Youth Center, St. Charles, IL
Co-Chairman – St. Charles Art and Music Festival, St. Charles, IL
Co-Founder – Literacy Volunteers of America, Kane County, IL
Board of Directors – Duncan YMCA, Chicago, IL
Member and former Chairman, Board of Trustees – Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Charles, IL
32nd Degree Mason and Shriner – A. F. & A.M. Lodge, the Scottish Rite and Shriner’s Temple, Vermont
Life Member – Republican Presidential Task Force
Board of Directors of the Hotel Baker Living Center, St. Charles, IL
Board of Directors – Baker Community Center, St. Charles, IL
Board of Directors – Delnor Community Hospital, Geneva, IL
President – Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL
Advisory Board – CASA, Geneva, IL
Board of Directors – Valley Community Bank, St. Charles, IL
Board of Directors – H. P. Phillips Company, St. Charles, IL
Chairman – National Concrete Masonry Association
Founding Member – Riverwoods Christian Center

Honors:
Fox Ridge Elementary School dedicated in his name
Illinois Association of School Boards – Award of Merit
Illinois State Board of Education – Award for Education Excellence
St. Charles Education Association Award for continuous service to education
St. Charles Post 342 American Legion Award for 15 years of service to CUSD303
National Park and Recreation Association Board of Trustees Recognition
Illinois Park and Recreation Association Special Recognition
Charlemagne Award for outstanding service to the community, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
Silver Beaver Award [distinguished service to youth] – Boy Scouts of America
Distinguished Citizen Award – Boy Scouts of America
Certificate of Merit [2] in recognition of service to the City of St. Charles
Pride of the Fox Community Image Awards [2] – St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
William D. Barth Award for Human Services and recognition for community service – Tri-City Family Services
Tri-City Health Partnership for the Free Medical Clinic
Endowment Fund, St. Charles Heritage Center named the Max Hunt Endowment Fund to honor Mr. Hunt

Fundraising/Donating:
Mr. Hunt donated materials from his masonry company, Northfield Block, to rebuild Holy Angels Church and School on the South Side of Chicago after it was leveled by fire in 1986, and also to build Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.
Hunt was noted and honored for his efforts in passing a critical Elgin Community College referendum.
He was a major organizer of the St. Charles Youth Center at the Baker Community Center, replacing a swimming pool with bowling lanes and then removing those for the open space of a gathering hall.
Along with his wife, Mr. Hunt was instrumental in organizing and raising the funds required to build the entire Norris Campus, which includes the building now called St. Charles East High School, the Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center and Lester J. Norris Sports Complex.
Mr. Hunt was the Chairman of the fundraising committee responsible for commissioning and siting Ēkwabet, the Pottawatomi Indian sculpture along the Fox River.

Doris Hunt

Community Service:
Founding Member – Tri-City Family Services, St. Charles, IL
Founding Member – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Founding Member – Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice
Founding Member – Riverwoods Christian Center
Baker Memorial United Methodist Church – multiple projects, including sending birthday cards to every member of the church choir for more than 25 years

Fundraising/Donating:
Along with her husband, Mrs. Hunt was involved in raising the funds required to build the entire Norris Campus, which includes the building now called St. Charles East High School, the Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center and Lester J. Norris Sports Complex.
St. Charles Singers – Hostess, Annual Fundraising Drive
St Charles Arts Council – Founding Sponsor
St Charles Arts Council Capital Campaign for a Downtown Center For Arts and Education – Founding Sponsor
ArtsFest | St. Charles/Art Show Event – Jury Award Sponsor

Honors:
William D. Barth Award for Human Services and recognition for community service – Tri-City Family Services [in receiving this honor Hunt was singled out as an inspiration to everyone around her and the “quiet motivator” behind many community projects and organizations.]

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