Purpose of the award — The purpose is to recognize the quartet that makes the largest combined dollar contribution to local charities, the Illinois District, and/or the Harmony Foundation during one calendar year.
When is it given — The award is presented during the spring chorus competition.
Who presents the award — The award will be presented by an Illinois District Board member or an Awards Committee representative.
What criteria are used — The total dollar amount contributed by any registered quartet during the previous calendar year is combined to determine the recipient. For example, the award given in 2008 would use the contributions made from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007.
How is the information obtained — A solicitation letter is sent in February of the year the award is given, to all Illinois District registered quartets asking them to apply for the award. (Money contributed to the Harmony Foundation can be obtained and verified by contacting the HF Director.)
What is the physical award — Typically, individual plaques are given to each member of the quartet. There is also a large trophy, used for display purposes only, that will have the quartet’s name and date of award engraved on it.