On June 2, over 125 guests gathered at the Cheney Mansion to celebrate the Annual Meeting of the United Way of Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park (formerly Community Chest of Oak Park-River Forest). Residents, local businesses and community organizations were recognized for their generous contributions to the 2004 United Way campaign. The keynote speaker was Marty Noll, Community Bank president.
At an age when some of us might be thinking about retirement, Downs was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association on June 18, after winning a three-way race against two prominent Chicago attorneys, Russell W. Hartigan and Stephen M. Komie.
Two Oak Park residents, 9-year-old brothers Jake and Sam Koeningsberg, attended the 18th Annual Wish Ball on May 21 at Union Station in Chicago. The ball is the largest annual fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, which raises more than $350,000 annually to make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Nearly 300 hundred people filled the Oak Park Country Club as Family Service & Mental Health Center of Oak Park & River Forest presented Fran and Moe Sullivan with the Rita Johnson Humanitarian Award on April 29 at the agency's annual spring benefit, "Bridging the Gap to Mental Wellness."
There are so many exciting residents who made their contributions during River Forest's rich history, it's difficult to single out only 30 for celebration. But we've done it, as part of our nod to River Forest's 125th anniversary.
'Mache, mache!' I learned that Haitian-Creole phrase during my first volunteer mission to the island nation, and since then it's been bouncing around in my brain, becoming a mantra for the experience I had there, one that continues to both haunt and inspire me.
"It looks like it's going to rain, so it's a perfect night for listening to some stories," said nurse/author Elizabeth Berg at a Celebration of the Nursing Profession hosted by RUSH Oak Park Hospital on May 23.