Stellar Systems In The Community

Lewis J. Burger Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Kathy Schaeffer

Kathy Schaeffer

For the past 14 years, Kathy has been the Director of Business Development for Stellar systems, Inc., but it is her work as a community volunteer that sets her apart.

Kathy currently sits on the board of the Greater Peoria Family YMCA where she led the 2019 Annual Scholarship Campaign, personally raised 11% of the annual campaign goal, and has sold the most tables/sponsoships every year for the Y's annual Summer soiree.

Kathy is also involved in the following area nonprofits: Peoria Riverfont Museum where she sitx on the Advisory Board, Events Committee, and is a member of the Visionary Society; Women's Fund, which she is a founding member of, Advisory Board member and co-chair of the 2020 Leader Luncheon, the Fund's biggest fundraiser.  Kathy is a founding member of Women in Leadership and a past president.  Under her presidency, the Women in Leadership of Central Illinois Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 as a non-endowed fund targeted at assisting women in the Tri-County area who are pursuing college/univeristy, post-graduate, or accreditastion in/certification for business management, professional or entrepreneurial education.  Kathy is also a board member and past co-chair of the largest fundraiser for the  Heart of Illinis Hospitality Association.  Kathy is a former bosard member of the Peoria Art Guild and past co-chair of the Fine Art Fair, where she helped rase the largest amount of sponsorship dollars and in-kind donations in the history of the Fair.

Kathy's positive attitude, infectious smile and servant heart are seen in all she does.  She is always the first to volunteer to hekp, supports her fellow volunteers endlessly and is a strong advocate for the causes she champions.

Pinnacle Award - Kathy Schaeffer


Kathy Schaeffer

The Pinnacle Award is new in 2018 and honors one extraordinary individual for her inspiration, dedication and significant contribution to the advancement of women in leadership positions or career. This award not only acknowledges inspiring leaders, and mentors, but those leaders who are creating a legacy by passing on their vision to women of the future.

Kathy Schaeffer is the Director of Business Development at Stellar Systems and has been an impeccable volunteer in our community for many years and so many of us have had the privilege of working alongside her. Kathy currently serves many different volunteer organizations including the American Cancer Society, Common Place, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Easter Seals, YMCA, our very own Women in Leadership, and so many more.

Kathy brings a wealth of knowledge about nonprofit volunteer work to each organization she serves. She is dedicated to each endeavor and gives selflessly. She has been a staple in the nonprofit community for more than 25 years. A few key comments from Kathy's network include:

"The passion, talents, and leadership skills she gives to every organization and project she is involved with are truly beyond compare." 

"Her dedication to making our community a better place and to the growth and success of other women make her incredibly deserving of this recognition."

"Central Illinois is a better place because Kathy Schaeffer lives, works and serves here. She is a strong leader, a caring friend, a hard-­working team member, and is a respected member of our community."

I feel so lucky to be serving with Kathy on the board of Women in Leadership. It is my greatest honor to present our first ever Women in Leadership Pinnacle Award to our friend… Kathy Schaeffer.

2nd Annual "Kids First" Award Presented to Andy Fograscher, Stellar Systems, Inc.

Crittenton CentersCrittenton Centers was proud to recently present Andy Fograscher of Stellar Systems, Inc. with the 2nd Annual Dr. Cindy Fischer Kids First Award of Excellence.  

Andy was recognized for his generous donation of time and talent that keeps our entire computer network running efficiently.  Furthermore, he additionally donated his website develoent team to implement our vision of a new website that aligns with our new marketing plan.

Andy Fograscher

Andy received his award at the "Pinweels for Prevention" Pinwheel Garden on April 6th, 2015.

The Dr. Cindy Fischer Kids First Award of Excellence is an annual award designed to recognize an individual or organization that has significantly impacted Crittenton Centers and that exemplifies Crittenton Centers' values and commitment to protecting and nurturing children and famiies.

The award is named after Dr. Cindy Fischer, former President & CEO of Crittenton Centers.

Stellar Systems assists the Dunlap Eagles Robotics Team with their mobile website development.

The Dunlap Eagles Robotics Team (DERT) is fascinating! They have a long history of community service

and promoting science and technology. The Team is broken up into multiple Sub Teams where each is responsible for different avenues of robot development and competition. They build awesome robots that are very sophisticated and highly functional. It amazes us how much they can do with technology since they are all high schoolers!

The students depend on and receive assistance in all shapes and forms to keep their program alive and well. They approached Stellar Systems in need of some assistance with mobile website development. We were happy to assist and armed them with a great starting point and useful information on building an effective mobile website.

Within a few weeks they were off and running! Read more (or check out their mobile website) at

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