Scott Cross, who testified against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert about his experience being molested as a teenager, is the keynote speaker Oct. 9 at an awards ceremony held by the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Cross will speak at “Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes, “an event to “honor those who have provided significant philanthropic and volunteer support,” said Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, the CAC founder.
Cross will speak about his experience as a survivor at the ceremony, which will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Joliet Golf Club, 1009 Spencer Road, Joliet.
At the event, Founder’s Awards will be given to John Bays, president of Bays Investment Corp., the staff at Chicagoland Speedway and the late Ed Czerkies.
Will County Executive Larry Walsh will receive the Glen Marcum Selfless Dedication to Community Award.
Multi-Disciplinary Team Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Joliet police Detective Shawn Filipiak; Rosa Frias, child protection investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; and Mary Fillipitch, chief of the Will County State’s Attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit.
The Heroic Volunteerism Award will go to Alan and Nancy Nowacki, owners of Nowacki Insurance Agency.
Heroic Service Awards will be presented to the Plainfield Junior Woman’s Club, Joliet Central High School Key Club, and the Joliet West High School Students of Service Club.
Heroic Philanthropy Awards will go the Animal Care Center of Shorewood and Dennis Willig, vice president and general manager of CITGO Lemont Refinery.
Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland and Will County Board Member Laurie Summers will receive Heroic Action Awards.
Tickets are available at willcountycac.org. Or, contact Lisa Morel Las at 815-774-4562 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.