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In recognition of their support of the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund for many years, Phares and Harriet (Gove) O’Daffer have been named the recipients of the 2015 Joseph F. Warner Golden Redbird Award.

The highest honor bestowed to a donor by Athletics, the award recognizes individuals for dedication and loyal support of the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund and Illinois State Athletics through exemplary service, leadership, and financial support.

The Bloomington couple met at ISU. Harriet ’55, M.S. ’57, studied elementary education. Phares ’55, M.S. ’56, chose math. He joined ISU’s Department of Mathematics as faculty in 1968 and retired 20 years later. Harriet taught in Bloomington schools.

Both volunteer with numerous community efforts and agencies, and are loyal Redbird fans. Among other projects, they supported the Hancock Stadium renovation.

“We’re blessed to be able to give something,” Phares said for the couple, noting the University holds a special place in their hearts and lives.