Midway residents Willard and Marsha Dunlap have been named Mr. and Mrs. Midway CIC, while the distinction of 2014 Humanitarian of the Year went to Sharon Dunlap Bennett. The announcements were made during Midway’s Fourth of July activities Friday.
“We appreciate this so much,” said Marsha.
The Dunlaps have lived in Midway on their family farm for nearly 50 years. They are members of Berea Church of Christ where Willard serves as an elder. Marsha is a very diligent worker in the congregation with a kind and loving heart.
The two are very active in the community, always asking if they can be of any help in any way and never wait to be asked. They attend Midway ball games weekly to watch their grandson play. They have dedicated countless years in the concession stand and doing food preparation for the Fourth of July celebration and at Midway’s food booth at the fair.
They have one daughter, Karen, and two grandsons, James and Sam. James and his wife, Rebecca, are expecting a baby girl in September, which will be the couple’s first great-grandchild.
Each Fourth of July, the Midway community recognizes one of its members who has shown excellence in helping others with the presentation of the annual Humanitarian Award. Bennett is a life-long member of the community. She is the neighbor who everyone loves to have. Whether she is helping run the concession stand, serving meals to shut-ins, or arranging meals for the grieving, she is always sharing her blessings and love with others.
Bennett is an active member of the Midway FCE Club, retired treasurer of the Campaign-Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department, and has spent countless hours volunteering in most every aspect of community activities. She was instrumental in serving the sick and elderly of the community with the Meals on Wheels program and has been described by others as having a kind heart.
Also, Bennett enjoys gardening. She shares her bounty of fruits, vegetables and flowers with her friends, neighbors and family members. As she does in all her activities, Bennett works hard but never seeks credit.
In 1964, Bennett was the first-place winner of the Miss Midway Beauty Contest during the July 4 celebration. In 2014, 50 years later, she earned this award for her humanitarian efforts proving true beauty comes from the heart.
Other activities during the day included a baby show, softball games, live music, contests, games for children, and a fireworks display.