Local arts groups receive grants from state arts council

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The Illinois Arts Council recently announced the second round of fiscal year 2006 arts grants, totaling more than $2.8 million. Of the 245 grants, six went to Oak Park arts organizations, including:

American Opera Group (for a performance of Rigoletto) : $750

Fernwork Arts Incubator (for an artist workshop) : $1,000

First United Methodist Church (for the Sing-Along Messiah) : $500

MOMENTA Inc. (for a Youth Employment in the Arts project) : $1,580

MOMENTA Inc. (for a collaboration production) : $1,500

Etta Worthington (for 50 At 50 video production) : $1,000

Oak Park-Wyoming connection

Kate McDonnell, who has been a member of the board of directors of the Oak Park Art League and maintains an art studio on Harrison Street in Oak Park, has been appointed to the Wyoming Catholic College board of directors. McDonnell, who has an MBA with an emphasis on public finance from Northwestern University, joined Continental Illinois National Bank as vice president in the trust department in 1983, and managed trust portfolios as well as heading municipal credit research. She, her husband Dennis, and their children recently built a second home in Wyoming.

Rotary cited for achievements

The Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest recently received a 2004-05 Presidential Citation, one of 18 issued in the local district, which recognizes outstanding achievement in service to the club, the community, the district, and to causes supported by Rotary International. The local Rotary Club meets at 12:10 p.m. each Wednesday for lunch at Holley Court Terrace's 13th floor dining room, 1111 Ontario St.

Ambassador against cancer

Anne McCall, M.D., of River Forest, a West Suburban Medical Center physician and medical director of the Center for Cancer Care, received the Medical Ambassador Award from the American Cancer Society. According to Ruth Faklis, chair of the American Cancer Society, West Cook Regional Board, "[Dr. McCall] willingly gives of her time to educate the community on the services and programs the American Cancer Society provides and what we stand for."

The backbone of Shriners

Lawrence Vogel, M.D., of River Forest has been named assistant chief of staff for Medicine at Shriners Hospitals for Children. Vogel is an expert in pediatric spinal cord injury and instituted the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at Shriners, Chicago.

Dominican commences

Dominican University in River Forest held commencement exercises for undergraduate and graduate students on Jan. 7. Thomas Owens, founder of the Chicago-based CARA Program, which provides comprehensive job training, life-skills classes, substance-abuse counseling, housing referrals and employment opportunities for homeless and at-risk populations, was the speaker at the ceremonies. John David Mooney, an internationally-recognized artist and founder of the John David Mooney Foundation, received an honorary degree.

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