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Dr. Kent and Beth Olney honored as marriage champions

Posted: Feb 06, 2013

Imagine if every town in America had marriage champions like Dr. Kent and Beth Olney, co-directors of Marriage, Inc.  National Marriage Week USA (NMWUSA) has recognized the Olneys’ contributions as making a difference for marriages in the greater Kankakee area.

Information about the Olneys’ work is included in a story on NMWUSA’s website to help promote this year’s event, February 7 to 14.

Married for 36 years, Kent and Beth met at the beginning of their sophomore years in college when they were assigned chapel seats next to one another. Prior to moving to the Kankakee community in 1995, they lived and worked together in Kentucky, Washington, D.C., and Oregon.

In addition to their roles with Marriage, Inc., Kent is completing 18 years as professor of sociology at Olivet. Beth is in her sixth year as the director of the university’s Center for Student Success. They have two sons, a daughter-in-law and one granddaughter.

National Marriage Week 2013 activities in Kankakee County include Marriage, Inc.’s display at the Northfield Square Mall (South Court location) for the entire week. Services offered there will include information and discussions about mentoring, as well as complimentary and confidential pre-marital and professional counseling plus prizes, giveaways and information about ways to strengthen marriage.

National Marriage Week, which began in 1996, is an international event that has now spread to 16 countries. The goal of this observance is to highlight the benefits of marriage and provide resources to build strong marriages. Ample evidence suggests that strong marriages are a public good in that they foster successful children, healthy communities and a growing economy.

For more information about National Marriage Week in Kankakee County, contact Marriage, Inc. at 815-939-5385 or