During the virtual premiere of the 2021 Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® Awards Ceremony last night, Designated Managing Broker of Crowne Realty Morton, Shannon Gaunt, was awarded the Act of Kindness Award. She was nominated by Executive Vice President, Tammy Heard.
The Act of Kindness Award was presented by Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® CEO, Reginia Tuttle and this is her speech:
“Shannon Gaunt is the president of Gaunt Enterprises, a Trucking and Excavating Company in Illinois. Her husband, Richard, was killed June 23, 2020 while on the side of the road, in a construction zone, securing the load on his trailer. The driver of the truck did not slow down or move over and Richard was hit from behind, killing him instantly. Their sons Shane, 29, and Ross, 25 are also in the construction industry.
The family wanted to raise awareness for road construction safety and created a fund in Richard’s name which raised over $21,00o. They were honored to receive a donation from Construction Angels and they worked to bring Construction Angels to Illinois to help other construction families in the state. Shannon recently hosted a Facebook Fundraiser for her birthday raising an additional $3,800.
On August 18th, the Construction Angels National Board of Directors unanimously voted Shannon to be part of its charity, helping families in the state of Illinois and joining as the organization’s state representative. Shannon accepted the opportunity to become an Angel turning a terrible tragedy into a new passion. Because of Shannon, Construction Angels will be in 13 states before the end of this year.”
Watch the entire segment for Shannon’s award below.