Lutheran Social Services of Illinois to Honor Longtime Donors and Volunteers Beverly Moody and the late Richard Moody at Fall Gala

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), one of the largest statewide human services organizations, based in Des Plaines, will honor Beverly Moody and the life of her husband, Richard Moody, with the True Friend Award at its 40th Annual Amicus Certus Celebration in October 2021. The Moodys are longtime donors and volunteers with LSSI.

Since 1981, LSSI has given the True Friend Award annually to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the human community by giving of themselves. Former Amicus Certus Honorees include Ginger Zee, ABC News Chief Meteorologist; Paul Simon, former United States Senator from Illinois; Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity; Orion Samuelson, WGN broadcaster; and author Walt Wangerin, to name a few.

Beverly and her late husband Richard have been longtime volunteers and donors with LSSI, as well as many other Lutheran organizations. Beverly, a resident of Buffalo Grove, has been a member of the Women’s Network of LSSI for over 30 years, including serving as its chair. The Network supports and strengthens the mission of LSSI through education, fundraising and advocacy. She also served on LSSI’s Board of Directors. Richard, who retired as a partner with Hewitt Associates in 1995, was a member of LSSI’s Cornerstone Trustees and was named an Honorary Life Trustee. Both he and his wife are members of LSSI’s Cornerstone Society, which recognizes individuals who have remembered LSSI in their estate plans. Combined, the Moodys have given decades of volunteer and philanthropic support to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.

“Over the years, the Moodys’ leadership, hands-on volunteering, and generosity have had a significant impact on the children, adults, and seniors our organization services throughout Illinois,” said Mark Stutrud, President and CEO. “They exemplify LSSI’s mission of responding to the Gospel to bring healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege for my dear late husband and me to serve alongside so many wonderful volunteers of The Women’s Network and the Cornerstone Foundation,” Beverly Moody said regarding the award announcement. “This award is especially meaningful to me as it represents the many true friends and dedicated volunteers that have helped raise funds for the past 40 years through this Amicus Certus event to support the impressive, life-changing programs of LSSI. “

The 2021 Amicus Certus Celebration will take place virtually with small group celebrations around the state. Proceeds from the event will benefit LSSI’s Children’s Community Services programs. For more information regarding the event, contact Mariah.Heinz@LSSI.org.