The board of directors of The Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park has announced the promotion of Amy Brinkman to the position of club manager. Brinkman, who was a marketing director and national sales executive for a number of large Chicago-based companies and a PR consultant for a variety of organizations, has been the club’s events coordinator since June 2004. According to Pat Davis, co-vice president of publicity, the board made its unanimous decision to appoint Brinkman because she has increased bookings at the club while efficiently overseeing club operations. “It is obvious that Amy loves helping people plan celebrations and events that mark their lives?#34;weddings, showers, achievement dinners, concerts and piano recitals,” wrote Davis.

Licensed to sell

Ildiko Kresz, a real estate professional, has joined the Keller Williams Realty Professionals in Oak Park. She has been a licensed real estate agent for the past five years, received her appraiser’s license from the State of Illinois last year, and is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Oak Park Board of Realtors. She has a background in media production and sales-business management, and holds a master’s degree in science from the University of Budapest in Hungary.

A salute to Airman Clark

Oak Park resident Airman 1st Class Anthony Clark was featured in the April 29 Northwest Airlifter Newspaper, McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Wash. Clark is a member of the McChord Honor Guard that provides funeral honors for active duty, retired and veteran members of the Air Force, Guard or Reserve, and performs at base and civic events. He’s also an airplane mechanic.

Clark, the son of Blanche E. Clark of Oak Park, is a 2001 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he was an honor student and voted most popular and class clown. He attended Columbia College for one year, and then enlisted in the Air Force in order to obtain the rest of his education at little or no cost. He’ll receive his associate’s degree in August and has been accepted at Pacific Lutheran
University in Tacoma where he will complete his B.A. in radio and TV broadcasting.

Do the math

The Fenwick High School Junior-Senior Math Relay Team placed first in the State Math Contest Finals on April 30. Members of the teams are seniors Nate Ross and Andy Sundt, and juniors Christie Ritten and Oak Park resident Nick McFadden. The coach is Roger Finnell. The math team captured third place, and took second place honors in the following categories: geometry, pre-calculus, calculator team, junior-senior eight-person team and junior-senior two-person team.

Good start at Good Samaritan

Catherine and Hugo Chavez are the proud new parents of a baby boy, Kevin Cole Chavez, born May 23 at Good Samaritan Hospital. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

YMCA honors its best

The West Cook YMCA of Oak Park’s President’s Award winners were honored at the annual fundraiser, A Celebration from the Heart, on April 28. The awards were handed out in six categories. Youth of the Year is Luciene Harrison, 9, of Oak Park. She’s active in the Y-Kids afterschool program, serves on the Y-Kids focus group, who do service and other activities through the year, and along with fellow Y-Kid Lan-Jian Manley, raised funds for tsunami victims.

Family of the Year went to the O’Shea family: Sean, Julie, Katie, Tommy and Kelsey, who demonstrate “respect and caring” and “show real joy in spending time together,” said Scott Gaalaas, Y president and CEO. Oak Parker Kathleen Duffy, who helps with kids in swim lessons, was named Volunteer of the Year. Other winners are JC Penney, Corporation of the Year; Lois Klatt, Layperson of the Year; and Josh Skoczen, Employee of the Year.

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