Economic Education Day Awards
On October 22nd, Econ Illinois presented awards for outstanding and consistent support of Econ Illinois and economic education at the Economic Education Day Award Luncheon at Union League Club of Chicago.
Caterpillar Foundation was recognized for their partnership with and support of Econ Illinois for 40 years. The Caterpillar Foundation joins an elite group of organizations who have reached a milestone in giving. Through major support of our Center for Economic Education at Bradley University as well as teacher training and student programming throughout various Illinois communities, Caterpillar Foundation's contributions have affected thousands of students. Deborah Thompson and Magdalene Moore-Hughes, of Caterpillar in Aurora, accepted the award for Caterpillar Foundation's long-term dedication to our mission.
BMO Harris Bank was recognized as Partner of the Year and for 35 years of support. As Partner of the Year, BMO Harris has taken the lead in 2013 for major gift funding of our programs. Econ Illinois has benefitted for 35 years from BMO Harris' financial contributions, as well as volunteer time and efforts on our boards. BMO Harris has been a lead sponsor of our American Dream Dinner since its inception in 2008, a major contributor to our student programs and provided donations to our annual campaign, including matched gifts. Pam Piarowski has been a member of our Governing Board since 2008 and is currently the Chair. BMO Harris event staff have also contributed their time and efforts to our dinner event. Governing Board Chair Pam Piarowski accepted the award on behalf of BMO Harris Bank.
Crain's Chicago Business was recognized for 15 years of support of Econ Illinois programs. Through our annual campaign, the Economic Education Award Luncheon and our American Dream Dinner, Crain's Chicago Business has been a consistent supporter of the work of Econ Illinois. For 15 years, Crain's has provided funding and in-kind contributions which have benefitted Illinois teachers and thousands of Illinois students. Since 2007, David Snyder, Publisher, has contributed his time and support as a member of the Econ Illinois Governing Board. David Snyder accepted the award on behalf of Crain's Chicago Business.
Castle Bank has been a partner of Econ Illinois for 10 years, providing support for The Stock Market Game program to schools throughout our home-base community of DeKalb. Through sponsorship of The Stock Market Game - DeKalb County Challenge, a community initiative designed to help grow participation in the program in one county, Castle Bank's funding helped us to reach ten new schools and to grow from 90 students to 590 students who benefitted from the program. As the Treasurer of the Boards' Executive Committee, Castle Bank President Tim Struthers has helped to soundly maintain our financial records and investments. Tim Struthers accepted the award on behalf of Castle Bank.
The Union League Club of Chicago has been an ongoing partner for ten years. Through donations of time, money and resources, Econ Illinois has truly benefitted from Union League Club's generosity. David Kohn, the Executive Director of Public Affairs at Union League Club and a member of our Board of Trustees has generously given his time to the annual American Dream Dinner committee. The Union League Club of Chicago generously provides sponsorship of the Economic Education Day Award Luncheon. Tom Karaba, who gave the welcome, accepted the award on behalf of the Union League Club of Chicago.
The Richard S. Peterson Award was established in 2000 to annually recognize one volunteer for outstanding commitment to the mission of Econ Illinois through extraordinary leadership and service. This year, Econ Illinois presented the award to Board of Trustees' Chair, Dr. William Testa, Vice President and Director of Regional Programs for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Dr. Testa has been a member of the Econ Illinois Board of Trustees since 1997. He has provied great insight and outstanding leadership as Chairman of the Board of Trustees since 2002.
The Econ Illinois Ambassador Award is given to someone who has provided extraordinary advocacy and support for economic and financial literacy for our youth. Kye-Anne Wilborn is a tireless advocate who truly exemplifies what it means to be an ambassador for education. As the Program Coordinator for the Chicago Public Schools, Kye-Anne is an outstanding mentor, role model and is an inspiration for what actually can be. Kye-Anne epitomizes "be the change you wish to see in the world".