Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Heartland Theatre's Gail Dobbins a "Woman of Distinction"

Every year, the McLean county YWCA nominates 24 women as "Women of Distinction," honored at a banquet in the spring. This year, their nominees include Gail Dobbins, marketing maven, costume designer, 10-minute Play Festival coordinator and all-around volunteer extraordinaire at Heartland Theatre Company.

The Women of Distinction Award is a YWCA national initiative, and it recognizes the professional and personal achievements of women who "have made their mark on our community." Gail is a perfect example of someone who goes the extra mile, offers her time and services unstintingly, and continues to help make Heartland Theatre stand out.

If you have a postcard from a show at Heartland, if you've sponsored a show there, if you contributed to the fundraising campaign to redo the theater or offered your opinion as part of the long-range planning initiative, or even if you've ushered or bought a t-shirt, you've experienced Gail's contributions to Heartland Theatre. It's pretty much impossible to interact with Heartland in any way and not come across something Gail has worked on.

Gail's professional excellence and amazing volunteer spirit make her a "Woman of Distinction" every year. It's about time she got recognized for it!

Women of Distinction
21st Annual Awards Banquet
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Illinois State University
Bone Student Center
Brown Ballroom
Normal, IL

5:30 pm Social Hour
6:30 pm Dinner & Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker:
Mavis Nicholson Leno

$50.00 per person (by May 19)
$60.00 per person (after May 19)

For reservations, visit the YWCA site.


  1. Amazing! I am so completely humbled by this. I'm just going to melt into a pile on the floor now. DO come join us at the event! Lots of Women of Distinction there to celebrate their contribution to our community!

  2. You are a fabulous asset for Heartland Theatre and I am so glad the Y is recognizing that. Bask for awhile, Gail! You deserve the spotlight!

  3. Melissa Dobbins BuchmannApril 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    I've always known Gail is a "woman of distinction" since she has always been and continues to be an incredible mom, role model and business woman! I am always so proud of her and she so deserves this!

  4. Yay for Gail! Yay for all the Women of Distinction! And Yay for the Y for doing this!

    But especially yay for Gail!!

  5. I am making plans to attend the event. The ticket price goes to charity, too. What could be better than recognizing achievements by outstanding women in our community AND giving to charity?