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2018 Grand Parade Marshal - Vera C. Amiano

The Bourbonnais Friendship Festival is pleased and honored to announce its Grand Marshal for the 2018 Grand Parade, Vera C. Amiano.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Vera and her husband, the late Joe Amiano, moved to Bourbonnais in 1974, along with sons Bryan and Barry. In addition to working at the Bank of Bourbonnais for 40 years, Vera has generously dedicated her time to volunteering for numerous social and civic organizations. She has served as President of the Bradley-Bourbonnais High School Foundation Board, President of the Bradley Bourbonnais Rotary Club and a member of the Community Prayer Breakfast and the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce.  She was also a member of the Zonta Club of Kankakee.  Aside from countless volunteer hours in local events and causes, Vera is actively involved in the business interests of the community as an officer of the Bank of Bourbonnais for 42 years.

During the past 20 years, Vera exemplified trademark characteristics in the course of performing her duties as a member of the Village of Bourbonnais Board of Trustees. Vera’s work, influence, and common-sense approach on the Board, and volunteerism will leave a positive, long-lasting impact on our community.  Vera’s leadership is demonstrated in many of the Village committees she chaired including Community Affairs & Services, Community & Economic Development, and Finance.  Vera also served the Village as President of the Police Pension Board.

Vera has four grandsons, Barry’s sons, Joe and Jack Amiano, and Bryan’s sons, Brad and Brent Amiano. She also has one great-granddaughter, Posey Amiano. She remains active in community events, and her love for this community and its citizens is evident.

Join us in congratulating Vera and celebrating her accomplishments as she leads off the 2018 Bourbonnais Friendship Festival Grand Parade.






2017 Winners

Director’s Choice – GiGi Gems

Mayor’s Choice – Hospice of Kankakee Valley

(Little) Miss Friendship – Smith Family Clowns


Commercial Entry:

   Goodberlet
   David Bruce

Non-Commercial Entry:

   Acting Out Theatre Co.
   Dance In The Light



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