Gwen Ballard Patton, a Rock Island artist, musician and educator, was honored Wednesday as the first finalist for The Quad-Citizen of the Year Award — launching the new recognition program.
The award is a partnership between the Quad-City Times and IHMVCU to honor outstanding Quad-City area residents who go above and beyond for their community.
Patton was nominated for her work in the community, particularly in the arts, by her daughter Rose Patton.
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One finalist a month is chosen from a pool of nominees, and a final winner will be named at the end of the year. Finalists receive $250 from IHMVCU.
To nominate someone, visit qctimes.com/contests.