2016 Leadership Awards

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The 2016 Leadership Awards to be presented at the Center of Concern’s Oktoberfest on October 15, 2016, for outstanding service to the Center of Concern, its clients, and the communities we serve.

Dee Heinrich Award: Award named in honor of the Center of Concern founder Dorothea “Dee” J. Heinrich. The Award is presented yearly to a longtime volunteer who continues the pioneering spirit of outstanding leadership, teamwork, and vision that Dee Heinrich brought to the Center of Concern and the Community.
Mr. John Maag, Des Plaines
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Excellence in Leadership: Excellence in Leadership Award is presented for exemplary leadership through advocacy and involvement.  The recipient of this award has helped the Center of Concern envision the future, identify paths to success, and carry out a vision to help those in need.
Alderman, Don Smith, Des Plaines
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 Don is an Attorney in private practice in Niles since 1987 with the firm of Ptasinski & Smith and primarily concentrates in the areas of estate planning, real estate, and probate ant-trust administration.  A few other things but that is most of it.

Don currently serves as the Des Plaines 7th Ward Alderman and was an Alderman from 1997 until 2009.  He was appointed Alderman in October 2014 to take the place of Joanna Sojka who very unexpectedly died in August 2014. Don was elected to a two-year term in April 2015 which expires in April 2017.

Don is currently a member of the Des Plaines Frisbie Senior Center Board of Directors for the last 10 years or so.  Is an active member of the Niles Chamber of Commerce and a member of several state and local bar associations.

Over the years I have been on the Board of the United Way of Skokie Valley, a member and past President of the Niles-Morton Grove Rotary club, school board member, and homeowner association board member, but those all go back several years and are really not that current.   Don has three adult children, all of whom have flown the coop at this point.

Volunteer of the Year: A volunteer of the Center of Concern who is exemplary in volunteering their time and energy through active participation in programs or service to the Center of Concern and the Community during the year.
Mr. Chuck Manson, Park Ridge

center of concern bioThree years ago Chuck retired from Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, where he was a guidance counselor and coach. He thoroughly enjoyed his job; the interaction with students and faculty, as well as the different challenges each day,  brought.

Now a volunteer here at the Center of Concern, Chuck helps people with their Medicare concerns.   Eligibility, enrolling in Part A and B, drug plans, and comparing various plans that supplement Medicare are some typical issues he deals with.

Chuck and his wife, Joan, have lived in Park Ridge for 33 years. Their children graduated from Maine South High School; Kevin graduated from the University of Illinois and resides with his wife in Minneapolis, while daughter, Melissa, graduated from Indiana University and lives in Washington DC.

His interests include basketball, golf, and travel, having recently returned from Europe where he and his wife visited Berlin, Prague and Vienna.

Partners of the Year:  A community business/organization will be presented with the Partner of the Year award to honor and recognize an outstanding Business or organization that has supported the mission of the Center of Concern.  Awardees must have shown and proven support for the Community and the Center of Concern. The Award is presented based on financial assistance, in-kind support, volunteer work  and positive interaction with the Community and Center of Concern clients.
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The Park Ridge Garden Club  has been in continuous existence for 83 years and we are still “growing”. Our current membership stands at 101 strong. The Park Ridge Garden Club was organized on April 5th, 1929 and incorporated as a 501(c) corporation in 2012.  The Clubs Objectives are to; Stimulate an interest in gardening and the protection of the environment; Conduct meetings at which members may learn about horticulture, conservation/ecology, landscape design, and/or the artistic use of plant materials and Improve and beautify the community of Park Ridge.

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Judge, James, Hoban & Fisher, LLC is a firm of Trial, Appellate, and Insurance Coverage Lawyers, with over forty years’ experience defending insured, self-insured, municipal entities and their employees throughout Illinois, in both State and Federal Courts.

We invite you to join us October 15th in a celebration as we thank these dedicated individuals, organizations, and business for their generosity and contributions!

Oktoberfest will be held at Park Ridge Country Club, 6 pm to 11 pm.  For tickets click here.