Aon was introduced to Marklund back in 1999 by former board chairman and last year’s Friend of the Year, Karen Golden. Ron Moyer was Marklund’s Aon representative from the very beginning, and continued securing corporate support through his retirement in 2014. Ron was able to secure donations from Aon Risk Management and the Aon Foundation totaling over six figures, in addition to in-kind donations for auction items - all to support Marklund’s Top Hat Ball fundraiser.
Through Aon’s event sponsorships spanning 17 years, they have consistently invited 10-20 new guests per year to the Top Hat Ball. Ron Moyer served on the Marklund board from 2005 to 2014, with the last two years as chairman. When Ron retired from Aon, he brought on a successor, Don Ortegel, to continue as the Marklund/Aon liaison. While Ron and Missy Moyer continue their personal support of Marklund and the Top Hat Ball, Don and Tamara Ortegel have also began their own personal involvement and support. Aon’s network of guests and donors has brought in thousands of dollars for the Top Hat Ball through auction, raffle and FIN giving – all to support Marklund.
Thank you Aon, for empowering your employees to do great things - we are so grateful for your on-going support.
Friend of the Year History
Dating back to 1979, Marklund has honored a “Friend of the Year” at an annual Recognition/Friend’s Night event, along with the recipients of other Marklund awards.
Since1998, the selection and award process has been modified. There may be more than one “Friend of the Year” named annually, and the recipient(s) will be honored at The Top Hat Ball. The final decisions rest with the Marklund Board of Directors.
The selection criterion remains essentially the same. Each Friend has demonstrated in his/her own way, publicly or privately, a heart of gold and the willingness to serve Marklund’s infants, children and adults in ways that will affect their lives significantly, now and in the future.
Past “Friend of the Year” Recipients:
2016 -- Karen J. Golden
2015 -- The Foglia Family Foundation
2014 -- Bud and Jim Porter
2013 -- Carol and Mike Donahue
2012 -- Andrea Billhardt
2011 -- Gary, Jean & Beth Lederer
2010 -- George and Pam Rion
2009 -- Greg Osko
2008 -- Jim and Lynn Armbruster
2007 -- Joel Thompson
2006 -- Robert Paddock/Paddock Publications
2005 -- Bruce Jensen and Gail Ludewig/Total Works
2004 -- Kevin Acker/West Suburban Bank
2003 -- Senator James "Pate" Philip
2002 -- Everett Van Der Molen
2001 -- Congressman Henry Hyde
2000 -- Robert Bernard
1999 -- Dennis Langley and Peter Cyrus
1999 -- Senator Steven J. Rauschenberger
1998 -- Robert Smetana
1998 -- Gwendolyn S. Henry
1997 -- Father John Guiney
1996 -- James D. Anderson
1995 -- Jean Jordan
1994 -- Jim Ford
1993 -- Dennis Zimmerman
1992 -- Michael Brenan
1991 -- Richard Theriault
1990 -- Gale Sayers
1989 -- John P. Frazee
1988 -- Birger Nyborg
1987 -- Paul Greening
1986 -- Thomas O. Myers, Jr.
1985 -- Doris Whitney
1984 -- Erhardt Weidmann
1983 -- Richard Rathman
1982 -- Edwin Deicke
1981 -- Hiriam Sibley