North Shore United Way Celebrates Great Year At Annual Luncheon

North Shore United Way hosted its annual Community Celebration at Mortons The Steakhouse in Northbrook on Thursday, June 28. More than 70 guests enjoyed a three-course meal while Wendy DuBoe, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, gave a keynote address highlighting United Way’s LIVE UNITED 2020 vision. Marla Glabe, NSUW Board President, and Deb Price, NSUW Executive Vice President (and incoming Board President) added their thanks to the community. NSUW honored its top 10 Corporate Citizens for their contributions and helping United Way achieve its 10-year vision. NSUW’s 2012 top corporate citizens are: Tenneco, PotashCorp, Costco #348 in Glenview, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Costco #1074 in Mettawa, the City of Evanston, Neiman Marcus, Northbrook Bank & Trust Co., Target #927 in Evanston and School District #65 in Evanston. Joe Vanyo, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Regional Operations for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, led the awards portion of the ceremony, recognizing key individuals and companies who went above and beyond this year in serving United Way and the community. The following individuals and teams were recognized: COMMUNITY SPIRIT THROUGH SERVICE AWARD: Martha Arnston, Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE). Over a long and notable career of 37 years, Martha has served the early childhood community with selfless compassion and creativity. From classroom teacher to Executive Director of Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE), Martha has demonstrated a consistent commitment to high quality early education for all children in the community. Martha has tirelessly advocated the best, research-based strategies for teacher training — whether the teacher was in a school or in a home — and her work has improved outcomes of children far beyond those whose names and families she knows. LIVE UNITED AWARD: Richard Rushkewicz, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Northbrook Bank and Trust. Rich has been a long-time supporter of United Way and Northbrook Bank and Trust one of our top corporate citizens over many years. This year, Rich took his participation further. In addition to volunteering to help United Way secure further support from the business community, Rich featured United Way in recent advertisements highlighting the Bank’s commitment to community service. BEST NEW CAMPAIGN: First Insurance Funding Corporation. First Insurance Funding Corp., led by President & CEO Frank Burke, welcomed NSUW in a first-time campaign this year. The campaign, managed by Human Resources Manager, Lisa Lowenthal, included “kick-off” speeches during the company’s all-staff meetings, a t-shirt prize for United Way trivia, and a corporate gift to top employee contributions. CAMPAIGN LEADERS OF THE YEAR: Costco in Glenview. COSTCO #348 in Glenview has always been one of NSUW’s top corporate citizens. This year, they pledged a record high in employee contributions, and increased their giving 16%. While this award usually goes to one person, NSUW proudly recognizes General Manager Kristen D’Agostino, Campaign Leader Lucy Rodriguez and the entire campaign team at COSTCO, for their energy and ingenuity in using incentives, special events, United Way speakers, creative materials and old-fashioned competition to take their campaign to the next level. YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Amanda Zhou, NSUW Youth Board President. Amanda Zhou, a graduated senior from Lake Forest High School, led the North Shore United Way Youth Board in fundraisers and events supporting the Jean Youngs Baddeley Grant. With her leadership, the Youth Board raised thousands of dollars for programs helping their peers in crisis. She organized the first-ever Cross-Town Classic (a hockey match between Lake Forest High School and Lake Forest Academy), a youth Walk-a-thon and supported NSUW in the spring Food Drive. Amanda will attend M.I.T. in the fall. SPECIAL THANK YOU: NSUW also recognized Board President Marla Glabe, who steps down this year from her position as Board President. Marla will continue in a very active role as one of NSUW’s Member Advisory Committee representatives with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Marla was a board member and committee chair of area United Ways as far back as 2004, while she was an Allstate executive. She was the President of the North Suburban board throughout a series of complicated United Way mergers and NSUW’s first President over the past two years. Deb Price will succeed Marla in the Board President position. North Shore United Way thanks all our guests for attending, and all our supporters for another wonderful year. This event was sponsored in part by Northbrook Bank & Trust Co. Photo Credit:   ©2012 jill brazel photography

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