Community Foundation’s annual dinner Oct. 25

The Community Foundation’s Annual Dinner will be at 6 p.m., tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Rd.

The evening will feature a celebration of youth philanthropy as the Foundation observes the 10th anniversary of the In Youth We Trust Program, a program that has awarded more than $244,000 to youth community service projects in the past 10 years.

The second annual Charles G. Uram Lifetime Service Award will be presented on behalf of Rockford Cosmopolitan Club and Thomas S. Johnson, Attorney at Law, Williams McCarthy, LLP, will deliver the keynote address, “In Youth We Trust: Community Service in the Land of Lincoln.”

Tickets are $50 and a table of 10 is $500. Reservations can be made through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois at 962-2110. The public is welcome to attend.

Charles G. Uram Lifetime Service Award

This award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a person who embodies the values demonstrated by the late Charles G. Uram.

Chuck Uram passed away Dec. 24, 2004, and is remembered as a friend and mentor to Rockford Cosmopolitan Charities and to the Rockford community as a whole.

Chuck was a fund-raiser/volunteer for Crusader Clinic, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Hunger Connection, Lifescape Community Services, Rockford Rescue Mission, Rosecrance Health Network, The MILL, United Way, Wesley Willows, YMCA, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and others. He was honored by the Rockford Register Star with the Excalibur Award in 2004 for his exemplary service to the community.

Rockford-area non-profit organizations are eligible to nominate any living person who embodies the unwavering enthusiasm and selflessness that Uram demonstrated in his service to the non-profit world. Nominees are evaluated by the long-term impact their service has made to the nominating agency and the Rockford community, initiatives the individual has created, and how the individual displays the values Chuck Uram demonstrated throughout his life.

Award nominees

Jerry Flaming, nominated by Jean Heise, The Haven Network;

Dennis Johnson, nominated by Jim Rosene, Kids Around the World, Inc.;

Ed McCaskey, nominated by Orlyn Huwe, Habitat for Humanity;

Tom Lorden, nominated by Karen Carlson, St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center; and

Harry Ritter, nominated by Sandy Whitson, The MILL and RAMP.

The individual selected for the award will be honored at the annual dinner. The nominating organization of the award winner will receive a $5,000 donation from the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club.

Incorporated in 1958, the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club contributes to the community’s well-being through charitable donations and volunteer service with a special emphasis on supporting efforts to prevent and find a cure for diabetes.

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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