JOLIET – Senior Services of Will County will be honoring Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, 83, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at an event on March 5.
“Seniors today are not the seniors of yesterday,” Barry Kolanowski, executive director of Senior Services of Will County, said in a news release. “The 60-plus crowd is more active than ever before, mentally, physically and socially.”
The agency highlighted White’s accomplishments including being the first African-American to hold the Secretary of State position in Illinois and his founding of the Jesse White Tumbling Team as an alternative for children in Chicago. Since its inception, the team has had more than 10,700 young men and women perform.
White is the keynote speaker at the event at 10 a.m., which will be held in the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Wallin Auditorium, located at 333 Madison St. in Joliet.