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Joliet Junior College to honor 5 alumni at 'Night of Stars' event

Joliet Junior College will recognize the service of alumni and community members at the second annual “Night of Stars” event April 4.

The event launched last year to combine JJC recognition events into one. This year’s ceremony will honor Dave Holmes, Lynne Lichtenauer, Dennis Haggerty, Harry Resis and Robert Marcink.

Holmes and Lichtenauer will be presented with the J.D. Ross Extraordinary Service Award.

Holmes has raised more than $300,000 for community organizations in the memory of his friend and mentor, Tim Klotz. He began raising funds through an annual golf outing. He’s given to a variety of organizations such as Joliet Catholic Academy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties and Guardian Angel Community Services.

Lichtenauer will be recognized for her influential role with the Old Joliet Prison Project as the Joliet Museum Board of Directors president. She also is the director of many other boards and organizations such as the Lewis University Cultural advisory board, the Silver Cross Foundation Board, the Joliet Township High School Foundation and the Rialto Square Theatre Foundation.

Marcink is the recipient of the Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award for his work as a JJC journalism, English and film professor and as an adviser of the school’s award-winning student newspaper. He also has served as JJC’s president of the AFT-Local 604 faculty union for the past 13 years.

Haggerty and Resis will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

Haggerty was a JJC student in the 1960s and was very active in the then Medical Sciences Club before transferring to Aurora University and continuing at the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine. After graduating, he established a private practice in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for more than 30 years.

Resis got his start at JJC more than 50 years ago as a Wolves baseball player and finance major. He went on to Michigan State University and became the managing director at Kemper Financial Services as well as earning a number of other titles in the business and finance world before retiring in 2005.

The “Night of Stars” is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Center, at 214 N. Chicago St. in Joliet. The cost to attend is $35 a person. Tickets are available on JJC’s website.

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