The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a Richton Park resident who, through their personal involvement, leadership abilities, and selfless giving of their time throughout the year, has positively affected the community and the lives of its citizens. This annual award, carefully chosen, honors those who’s contributions to Richton Park have resulted in a long-standing, substantial benefit or positive influence to the people through volunteerism, mentorship, and collaboration. This year’s Citizen of the Year, is no other than long-time resident, Ms. Gloria Cox.
For years, Gloria Cox has displayed consistent dedication and enthusiasm, leaving lasting effects on every area of our community. She is a standout “Richton Park Star” in the field of community engagement, volunteerism, and involvement. In addition to supporting Richton Park events and programs, she has been an active member in community leadership.
Gloria is currently a highly respected, 14-year member of our Senior Citizen Advisory Committee where she continues her passion of community building and inclusion. While also leading the committee as President the last several years, Gloria brings not only new ideas to benefit seniors, but also an unmatched work ethic. She is also an avid member of the Sister Cities Committee as well, assisting overseas outreach efforts to benefit Cat Island, Bahamas. She is also a proactive Board Member of our Friends of Richton Park Foundation, contributing to various fundraising efforts for youth scholarships and programming.
Outside of the Village, she also gives 150%, working many years in in early childhood education, where she cared about the resources and needs of the caretakers, parents and guardians of the young children in her supervision. Gloria has broadened her reach even further, serving as a Scout leader mentor in the local Girl Scout chapter to the young ladies in her community. Tapping into her creative side, she bakes from scratch, created beautiful floral arrangements, draws, interior decorates, and more.
Gloria is a woman of integrity, a community leader, and a truly caring individual. It is an honor to acknowledge this woman’s accomplishments over the years, and we are beyond proud to call her our Richton Park Citizen of the Year!