Kent Dauten earns LSSI’s Amicus Certus Award

December 12, 2012

Several Rockford residents attended the 31st Amicus Certus (“True Friend”) Celebration Nov. 10 in Chicago. They included (front row, from left): Dick Reinhart; Pam and Pr. Denver Bitner; and (back row, from left): Linda Reinhart, Keith Syfert and Linda Miller. The event honored Kent P. Dauten, who received the 2012 Amicus Certus Award for his work supporting the agency and the people it serves. (Photo by Allen Bourgeois)

Nov. 10, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) presented Kent P. Dauten with the Amicus Certus (“True Friend”) Award at the 31st Annual Amicus Certus Celebration. LSSI gives the award annually to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the community.

The Amicus Certus Celebration (titled “The Heart of LSSI”) was hosted by The Women’s Network of LSSI and held at the Union League Club in Chicago. The event raised more than $100,000, which will provide services for people served by LSSI throughout the state. Last year, the Des Plaines-based agency served 108,000 people.

Over the last two decades, Kent has made a tremendous impact on the work and ministry of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois,” said the Rev. Denver Bitner, D.Min., LSSI president/CEO. “He has helped to share the vision of the organization and sustain programs serving people in need that have been at the heart of our work for many years. Kent also brings his perspective on the need to make wise investments — from investments in the business world to making the same kind of wise investments to help make people’s lives better.”

Dauten said, “I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this award from an organization that I have so much respect for and a cause whose mission is so critical in these difficult times.”

Dauten is managing director of Keystone Capital, Inc., a private equity investment firm and entrepreneurial holding company in Deerfield that he founded in 1994. He is also a director of two NYSE public companies, Iron Mountain Incorporated and Health Management Associates. Dauten started his investment career with First Chicago Venture Capital in 1979 and later helped spin-off this organization to co-found Madison Dearborn Partners, the Midwest’s largest private equity firm.

Dauten serves on the boards of trustees of numerous civic and philanthropic organizations, including Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, where he is also chairman of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation, and the Museum of Science and Industry. He is also active in the field of education and serves at Harvard Business School on the Board of Dean’s Advisors. At Dartmouth College, he and his wife Liz serve on the President’s Leadership Council and as co-chairmen of the Dartmouth College Fund annual unrestricted giving effort.

From 1992 to 1998, Dauten served on LSSI’s board of directors. He was the chairman from 1996 to 1998, as well as chairman of its Executive and Search committees, and a member of the Finance and Property, Audit and Membership/Leadership Development committees.

From the Dec. 12-18, 2012, issue

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