NEW LENOX – Childerguild will host its 89th annual ball on Nov. 18 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. This year’s theme is “Venetian Masquerade."
Tickets are $300 and will benefit women’s and children’s programs and services at Silver Cross Hospital. To make reservations, call 815-300-7105.
This year's ball co-chairs are Karen Eckert and Norma Thompson. The ball committee includes Pat Crowley, Robin Hartney, Cindy Jaworek and Kay Langlois. Childerguild will bestow two awards during the ball.
Sehring Medal of Excellence
The Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence, honoring the memory of Dr. George H. Sehring – a dedicated physician who served the community for more than 40 years, recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual for service to the health care profession.
Past recipients include Dr. Fred Alexander, Dr. Bun Siu Co, Dr. Mark Danielson, Dr. Samuel Goldhaber, Dr. Daniel Gutierrez, Dr. Joseph Karcavich, Lora McGuire (registered nurse), Dr. Paul Morimoto, Dr. Wylie Mullen, Keyton Nixon, Paul Pawlak, Dr. Al and Kay Ray, Dr. Salvador Rinella, Dr. Irving “Bill” Rudman, Dr. Tom Streitz, Dr. Ernesto “Ernie” Tan and Dr. Richard Tarizzo.
This year’s recipient is Dr. Dave Mikolajczak, emergency medicine physician with EM Strategies at Silver Cross Hospital.
Mikolajczak currently serves as the medical director for the Will-Grundy/Silver Cross Emergency Medical Services System and chairman of the Credentials and Silver Cross Health Connections Physician Hospital Organization committees.
Furthermore, he serves on Silver Cross Hospital’s board of directors, trauma committee, ethics committee and surgery committee. He also has served as medical director of emergency medicine and chief of staff at Silver Cross Hospital.
Over the years, Mikolajczak has volunteered his time with many community groups including Road to Realty simulations with area high schools, paramedic classes, Region 7 EMS Advisory and Trauma committees, and Advocate Physician Partners Board of Directors.
In addition, he is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.
Sangmeister Medal of Excellence
This Medal of Excellence is named after the late U.S. congressman George E. Sangmeister, the medal’s first recipient, and is awarded to a leading citizen recognized for competence, service and dedication in a field other than health care that contributes to the common good. The recipient exemplifies the values of caring service that is the cornerstone of Silver Cross Hospital.
Past recipients include LaVerne and Dorothy Brown, Debra Condotti, Terry D’Arcy, James “Jim” Fagan, Gladys Fox, Brother James Gaffney, Pam Heavens, Doug Hutchison, John Leach, Frank Margaron, Cheryl McCarthy, Val Rand, Bob Rogina, J.D. Ross, the Rev. Isaac Singelton Sr., Russ Slinkard and Frank Turk Jr.
This year’s recipient is Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, lifelong resident of Joliet. As Will County state’s attorney, Glasgow has implemented groundbreaking initiatives to investigate, prosecute and prevent crime.
To set up many of these initiatives, Glasgow used confiscated money forfeited to the state by criminals to fight domestic violence, safeguard children, help the mentally ill, battle street gangs and illegal drugs, and assist veterans.
Glasgow spearheaded the creation of the Will County Drug Court; the first Recovery Homes; Will County’s first Specialized Domestic Violence Court; mental health court; HERO/HELPS program to warn parents, educators and teens about the deadly dangers of using heroin; High Technology Crimes Unit to investigate and prosecute predators who trade and view child pornography over the Internet; and veterans court to provide critical counseling and treatment to those who served our nation and struggle with mental health and substance abuse disorder.
Glasgow also established the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995 to stop child sexual violators in their tracks. The center has been instrumental in the successful prosecution of thousands of child predators over the last 22 years.
In addition, some of the community organizations benefiting from his generous support are the Rotary Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the United Way of Will County and the Forest Park Community Center.