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The Y. So Much More™ 2015 Recognition Dinner raises $1 million for children and families
November 02, 2015
More than 450 attendees came together on Oct. 29 to support the YMCA of Metro Chicago's mission throughout our world-class city and suburbs."
Bill Osborn, Vince Foglia, Richard Malone
Kelly Hall YMCA youth Christian Washington receives a standing ovation after sharing his story.
Howard Sullivan, Kathryn Sullivan, Dick Malone
Howard Sullivan, Kathryn Sullivan, Christian Washington, Dick Malone
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO Dick Malone and Sharon Fairley
Sharon Fairley, Charles Frank
Father Bob Lombardo
Amanda Fox, Peter McNitt
Sharon Fairley, Charles Frank, Christina Krasov
Paula Currie, Sarah Sharon, Suzanne Larimer, Chris LaVictoire Mahai, Preet Michelson, Denise Lam
Christopher Bird, John Hart, Trish Kelly, Tom Kelly
David Hiller, Darcy Evon
David Hiller, Darcy Evon, Peter McNitt
Elaine Cizner, Al Cizner
Elaine and Al Cizner, Charles Frank
Sheila Newman, David Crowell, Debbie Crowell, Stan Nitzberg, Vivian Nitzberg
Charlie Besser, Rebecca Besser, Dick Malone, Mike DiMedio, Dorothy DiMedio, Joe Tilson
Joe Tillson, Preet Michelson, Michael McMurray
Jennifer Cowen, Amy Carbone, Michael Nelson, Suzanne Nelson
Roslyn Matthews, Fred C. Matthews III, Carl West
Alan Fry, George Pradel, Deb Newman, Judy Ellertson, RJ Bartels
Scott and Martha Smith
Fran Bell, Louise Packard, Jill Edleblute, Kate Ebaugh, Rebecca Allen
Sherri Racine, Aaron Mair, Charles Frank, David Hiller, Darcy Evon, Don Cooke
Tim Street, Larry Rutherford
Marilyn Vonnahme, Mark Vonnahme, Lisa Stuver
Cameron LaFontaine, Matt LaFontaine, Ellen Malone
Joe Captiani, Paul Sheridan
Ted Sinars, Jack Jiganti, Vince and Pat Foglia, Robyn Ostrem
Bill Osborn, Cathy Osborn, Peter McNitt
Vivian Nitzberg, Jim Goodman, Sheila Newman, Michael Newman
YMCA Chicago President and CEO Dick Malone and Vince Foglia
More than 400 guests attended the Recognition Dinner.
Willie and Brittany Preston, DaWana Williamson
Michael McMurray, Fred Feinstein, Tom Miers, Deb Newman
Bill Osborn presents the So Much More Than A Leader Award to Vince Foglia.
LeeAnn Trotter and Christian Washington
David Hiller accepts the So Much More Than A Partner Award on behalf of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation from Sheila Musolino.
Vince Foglia (right) receives the So Much More Than A Leader Award from Bill Osborn, the 2014 honoree.
Steve Sorenson, Geri Sorenson
David Hiller, Bill Osborn, Vince Foglia, Dick Malone
Bill Osborn (left), Vince Foglia (middle) and Dick Malone (right)
Special Guest Christian Washington (middle) and his special Kelly Hall YMCA Family: Ken Maddox (left), Coach Tawan (Ty) Hamilton (second from left), Comenecia O'Neal (second from right) and Devon Tims (right)
Stan Nitzberg, YMCA Board of Managers member and Program Committee Chair shares his special YMCA story. Christian Washington (middle) and LeeAnn Trotter (right).
Special guest Christian Washington (left) and Recognition Dinner host, Leaan Trotter.
Guest, Christian Washington, share his YMCA sotry with dinner guests.
The second annual The Y. So Much More™ Recognition Dinner was a tremendous success! More than 450 attendees came together on Oct. 29 to support the YMCA of Metro Chicago's mission throughout our world-class city and suburbs.
Emceed by NBC5 reporter LeeAnn Trotter, the Recognition Dinner shed light on the needs, struggles and triumphs of the families and youth in the Y community. Willie and Brittany Preston, parents of five, were featured in a video explaining how the Y enables every member of their family to pursue their goals. Later on, Kelly Hall YMCA youth participant Christian Washington thanked his Y family—Stan Lewis, Ken Maddox, Devon Tims and Comenecia O'Neal—for saving his life.
“The kids and staff didn’t even care how I looked -- they welcomed me right in,” Washington said. “I got a safe place to be, lots of great role models to help me with my homework and school … The YMCA has given me so many first-time opportunities.”
Last year’s honorees were on hand to present this year’s awards. Vince Foglia received the So Much More Than a Leader Award from Bill Osborn, retired chairman and CEO of the Northern Trust Company. Vince Foglia serves as chairman of Sage Products and honorary member of the Sage YMCA Board of Directors. For more than 20 years, the Foglia Family Foundation’s support has positioned the Y to better serve the community, most notably through the creation and later expansions of the Foglia and Sage YMCAs.
David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, received the So Much More Than A Partner Award from Sheila Musolino, current vice president and COO of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Thanks in large part to the Foundation’s investment, the McCormick Tribune YMCA and the Rauner Family YMCA are a haven for thousands of children and families. The foundation’s support of the Y’s Achievers, Community Schools Initiative, Healthy Kids After School and Urban Warriors programs provides after school educational and enrichment activities for youth and teens who need them most.
In all, the event raised more than $1 million to promote academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.