The gathered crowd celebrates the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation Honors at The Carleton Hotel on February 16th.
A full house congratulates the recipients of the annual Philanthropy awards, presented by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.
Cathy Adduci, River Forest Village President, welcomes the audience to the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation Honors
Kristin Carlson Vogen, President & CEO of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, presents the first ever President’s Award to Lynda Schueler and Cristy Harris of Housing Forward for the outstanding work the two did in bringing together Housing Forward and Prevail in last July’s merger of the two organizations.
Stacey Williams, Foundation Board Vice-Chair, presents Carollina Song with the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award.
Laura Maychruk, owner of Buzz Cafe and co-founding member of the Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy accepts the Outstanding Business/Group award, joined by her husband, Andrew.
Aidan Bertocchini leaves the podium after receiving the Outstanding Young Person/Youth Group award for organizing an ongoing diaper program, benefiting the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry.
The Excellence in Philanthropy award winners, with representatives from the agencies that will benefit from the grant awards: Laura Maychruk, with grant recipient, Lynda Scheuler, Housing Forward, Aidan Bertocchini, with grant recipient, Michele Zurakowski, Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry, Carollina Song, with grant recipient Carolyn Newberry-Schwartz, Early Childhood Collaboration, and Kristin Carlson Vogen, President & CEO of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.
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