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The Monarch Ball, a gala black-tie fundraiser for Resurrection Health Care, which owns West Suburban Hospital, will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Chairs of the ball are Oak Parkers Mary Lou and Martin J. Noll. Mary Lou is a board member and was vice president of the West Suburban Medical Center auxiliary board. Marty is president of Community Bank of Oak Park-River Forest. Proceeds from the event will support the West Suburban College of Nursing on the campus of Resurrection Health Care's West Suburban Medical Center. The ball will include entertainment by a variety of performers from international cirques and dancing to the Gentlemen of Leisure. Tickets are $275 per person and may be reserved by calling the office of the Monarch Ball at (773) 594-7827.

Marge Gockel outstanding volunteer

At the 31st annual meeting of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust on Feb. 15, Marge Gockel received the 2005 Wallis Austin Outstanding Volunteer Award. Since joining the second training class of the Preservation Trust in 1975, Gockel has been a member of the board of directors, co-chair of the board resources committee, chair of the public programs council and chair of Wright Plus, as well as a mentor. Since moving to Oak Park in 1969, she has also been involved in numerous community volunteer activities, including serving as chair of the Oak Park Farmers' Market, managing campaigns of local school board candidates, and working as a precinct captain, in addition to working full time in the undergraduate admissions office at the University of Illinois and raising three children.

A number of other volunteers and staff members were also honored at the meeting. Joan Ryan and Toni Seidelmann were recognized for 30 years of volunteer service; Rosemary Bailey, Theresa Bruun, Mary McLeod, Frank Pond and Donna Schwarz were honored for 25 years.

Concordia's daffodil giveaway

Concordia University in River Forest, in partnership with Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, plans to provide 720 anonymous gifts of hope to cancer patients at several local hospitals. Over 100 students, faculty and staff are working with the American Cancer Society in its "daffodil days" program to sell and give away fresh daffodils to local cancer patients in eight hospitals in the West Cook County region. To kick-start the campaign, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has pledged to purchase the first 100 gifts.

Merit scholarship finalist

Trinity High School senior Emilia Calvaresi is a 2005 National Merit Scholarship finalist. Selection of winners will be announced this month. Eighteen percent of the Class of 2005 are Illinois State Scholars.

Reigning over, and reining in, Revenue

State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) has been named the new chairman of the Senate Revenue Committee. In a press release, Sen. Harmon says, "I look forward to working with my colleagues to help fashion a resolution to the financial crisis the state has been mired in for the last several years. We've come far in reducing the deficit from $5 billion to just under $2 billion, but there is still a great deal of work to be done to bring our state out of the budget woes we are now facing." Sen Harmon is also newly appointed to the Environment & Energy Committee, which is responsible for reviewing all legislation before the Senate regarding environmental policy. He'll continue to serve as vice-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Other committee assignments include the Senate Appropriations (II) Committee and the Senate Pensions & Investments Committee.


@subhead:Erin edits the fourth edition

@normal:<B>Erin Graham<B>, a third-year student at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, was one of two students who assisted with the editing and rewriting of the fourth edition of the book <I>Illinois Criminal Procedure<I>. The two-volume edition gives a comprehensive look at all facets of criminal procedure. Graham, a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a member of the John Marshall Law Review editorial board. She has been interning with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Criminal Division and has been offered an associate position with the law firm of Cassiday Schade & Gloor when she graduates in June 2005. Erin is the daughter of <B>Bruce<B> and <B>Patricia Graham<B> of Oak Park.

Military, industrious, complex

@normal:<B>Peter Levrant<B>, a first-year student at the Virginia Military Institute, has been awarded an In-college Air Force ROTC scholarship. The award is based on grades, leadership and physical fitness. Levrant, a 2004 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, is majoring in Arabic and Spanish.

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