Pekin marigold festival

2017 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal

The Pekin Marigold Festival Committee is happy to announce Brett Bode as the 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal.  The nomination submitted by his fellow Kiwanians stated that he is “the definition of selflessness” and closed with the statement that “Brett has a heart full of service and a soul for helping those in need.”

Brett has a lengthy volunteer history, working with the Peoria Prison Cursillo Ministry; the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and headed their Crisis Ministry; the Pekin Consortium for Healthcare; the Pekin Outreach Initiative; and the Jubilee Housing Ministry which provides and sets up housing for the underprivileged.

Brett has served as President of the Boys and Girls Club of Pekin, Chairman of the Boys Scouts of America, Escort at Pekin Hospital, President of the Friends of the Library Board, a board member for Harrison Home Interdenominational Board, a member of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services child abuse advisory council, a board member for the Peoria Youth Services Network where he worked on a task force for teen pregnancy and sexuality and as a crisis worker for the American Red Cross. In fact, just three weeks after September 11th, Brett deployed to New York as a volunteer. He has made many disaster trips to aid the local Peoria Red Cross chapter helping Tornado, hurricane, and flood victims throughout the U.S. 

Brett and his wife, Carolyn, have been Pekin residents for 46 years. They are the parents of 6 daughters, 18 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. They were also the parents of 3 foster children and hosted 3 foreign exchange students attending PCHS. Brett was a public defender from 1971-1972, an Illinois States Attorney from 1972-1976, and an Associate 10th Judicial Circuit Court Judge from 1982-1999. He also taught criminal law at ICC and is a US Marine Corps Veteran.

We congratulate Brett Bode with this well-deserved honor as our 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal!

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