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

    Bill Osborn, Vince Foglia, Richard Malone

  • Kelly Hall YMCA youth Christian Washington receives a standing ovation after sharing his story.

    Kelly Hall YMCA youth Christian Washington receives a standing ovation after sharing his story.

  • Howard Sullivan, Kathryn Sullivan, Dick Malone

    Howard Sullivan, Kathryn Sullivan, Dick Malone

  • Howard Sullivan, Kathryn Sullivan, Christian Washington, Dick Malone

    Howard Sullivan, Kathryn Sullivan, Christian Washington, Dick Malone

  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO Dick Malone and Sharon Fairley

    YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO Dick Malone and Sharon Fairley

  • Sharon Fairley, Charles Frank

    Sharon Fairley, Charles Frank

  • Father Bob Lombardo

    Father Bob Lombardo

  • Amanda Fox, Peter McNitt

    Amanda Fox, Peter McNitt

  • Sharon Fairley, Charles Frank, Christina Krasov

    Sharon Fairley, Charles Frank, Christina Krasov

  • Paula Currie, Sarah Sharon, Suzanne Larimer, Chris LaVictoire Mahai, Preet Michelson, Denise Lam

    Paula Currie, Sarah Sharon, Suzanne Larimer, Chris LaVictoire Mahai, Preet Michelson, Denise Lam

  • Christopher Bird, John Hart, Trish Kelly, Tom Kelly

    Christopher Bird, John Hart, Trish Kelly, Tom Kelly

  • David Hiller, Darcy Evon

    David Hiller, Darcy Evon

  • David Hiller, Darcy Evon, Peter McNitt

    David Hiller, Darcy Evon, Peter McNitt

  • Elaine Cizner, Al Cizner

    Elaine Cizner, Al Cizner

  • Elaine and Al Cizner, Charles Frank

    Elaine and Al Cizner, Charles Frank

  • Sheila Newman, David Crowell, Debbie Crowell, Stan Nitzberg, Vivian Nitzberg

    Sheila Newman, David Crowell, Debbie Crowell, Stan Nitzberg, Vivian Nitzberg

  • Charlie Besser, Rebecca Besser, Dick Malone, Mike DiMedio, Dorothy DiMedio, Joe Tilson

    Charlie Besser, Rebecca Besser, Dick Malone, Mike DiMedio, Dorothy DiMedio, Joe Tilson

  • Joe Tillson, Preet Michelson, Michael McMurray

    Joe Tillson, Preet Michelson, Michael McMurray

  • Jennifer Cowen, Amy Carbone, Michael Nelson, Suzanne Nelson

    Jennifer Cowen, Amy Carbone, Michael Nelson, Suzanne Nelson

  • Roslyn Matthews, Fred C. Matthews III, Carl West

    Roslyn Matthews, Fred C. Matthews III, Carl West

  • Alan Fry, George Pradel, Deb Newman, Judy Ellertson, RJ Bartels

    Alan Fry, George Pradel, Deb Newman, Judy Ellertson, RJ Bartels

  • Scott and Martha Smith

    Scott and Martha Smith

  • Fran Bell, Louise Packard, Jill Edleblute, Kate Ebaugh, Rebecca Allen

    Fran Bell, Louise Packard, Jill Edleblute, Kate Ebaugh, Rebecca Allen

  • Sherri Racine, Aaron Mair, Charles Frank, David Hiller, Darcy Evon, Don Cooke

    Sherri Racine, Aaron Mair, Charles Frank, David Hiller, Darcy Evon, Don Cooke

  • Tim Street, Larry Rutherford

    Tim Street, Larry Rutherford

  • Marilyn Vonnahme, Mark Vonnahme, Lisa Stuver

    Marilyn Vonnahme, Mark Vonnahme, Lisa Stuver

  • Cameron LaFontaine, Matt LaFontaine, Ellen Malone

    Cameron LaFontaine, Matt LaFontaine, Ellen Malone

  • Joe Captiani, Paul Sheridan

    Joe Captiani, Paul Sheridan

  • Ted Sinars, Jack Jiganti, Vince and Pat Foglia, Robyn Ostrem

    Ted Sinars, Jack Jiganti, Vince and Pat Foglia, Robyn Ostrem

  • Bill Osborn, Cathy Osborn, Peter McNitt

    Bill Osborn, Cathy Osborn, Peter McNitt

  • Vivian Nitzberg, Jim Goodman, Sheila Newman, Michael Newman

    Vivian Nitzberg, Jim Goodman, Sheila Newman, Michael Newman

  • YMCA Chicago President and CEO Dick Malone and Vince Foglia

    YMCA Chicago President and CEO Dick Malone and Vince Foglia

  • More than 400 guests attended the Recognition Dinner.

    More than 400 guests attended the Recognition Dinner.

  • Willie and Brittany Preston, DaWana Williamson

    Willie and Brittany Preston, DaWana Williamson

  • Michael McMurray, Fred Feinstein, Tom Miers, Deb Newman

    Michael McMurray, Fred Feinstein, Tom Miers, Deb Newman

  • Bill Osborn presents the So Much More Than A Leader Award to Vince Foglia.

    Bill Osborn presents the So Much More Than A Leader Award to Vince Foglia.

  • LeeAnn Trotter and Christian Washington

    LeeAnn Trotter and Christian Washington

  • Mike DiMedio

    Mike DiMedio

  • David Hiller accepts the So Much More Than A Partner Award on behalf of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation from Sheila Musolino.

    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.

    Vince Foglia (right) receives the So Much More Than A Leader Award from Bill Osborn, the 2014 honoree.

  • Steve Sorenson, Geri Sorenson

    Steve Sorenson, Geri Sorenson

  • David Hiller, Bill Osborn, Vince Foglia, Dick Malone

    David Hiller, Bill Osborn, Vince Foglia, Dick Malone

  • Bill Osborn (left), Vince Foglia (middle) and Dick Malone (right)

    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)

    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).

    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.

    Special guest Christian Washington (left) and Recognition Dinner host, Leaan Trotter.

  • Guest, Christian Washington, share his YMCA sotry with dinner guests.

    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.

Learn more

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Watch the Thank You YMCA video.