NeveHarms For the past twenty-five years, Ed Dwyer has been engaged in fund raising and coordinating activities to provide ways for youths of the Peoria area to enjoy sports.
His leadership role in the Independent Sports Club as a director and as president was pointed toward the betterment of youths in sports. This objective also spurred his interest in being a leading salesman of fund raising tickets for the Old Timers Baseball Association, and the Spalding and Bergan Booster Clubs because the ultimate goal was to help the youth.
Ed is involved in the "Friends of Fatherless Boys and Girls Club" because it offers a chance to help those in need. And his position of being one of the Founding Fathers of the St. Patrick Society heightens his interest due to the fact that this organization also is dedicated to doing charitable work for youths.
On many occasions, Dwyer has coordinated tickets between Bradley University and Youth Farm so youngsters could enjoy the many sporting events at the University.
Ed and his wife Mary Ann have three children and three grandchildren.
For the past twenty-five years, Ed Dwyer has been engaged in fund raising and coordinating activities to provide ways for youths of the Peoria area to enjoy sports.
A two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at both Limestone High School and Illinois Central College, Thome went on to a legendary baseball career as one of the top sluggers in Major League Baseball history. A 13th-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome made his MLB debut in 1991. After a 22-year career with Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles, Thome ranks seventh in Major League history with 612 home runs and 24th with 1,699 runs batted in, while boasting a .276 career batting average. He was a five-time All-Star and received Most Valuable Player votes in nine different seasons. Thome helped Cleveland to World Series appearances in both 1995 and 1997 and he hit 17 career postseason home runs. Thome led the American League in slugging in 2002 (.677) and the National League with 47 home runs in 2003 and he received a 1996 Silver Slugger Award. Thome also was the 2006 Americal League Comeback Player of the Year. Recognized for his integrity, sportsmanship and community involvement, Thome received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004, as well as the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award and the 2004 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award. The Cleveland organization dedicated a statue of Thome outside Progressive Field following his official retirement in 2014.