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Friend of the Year Award

22nd Annual Top Hat Ball Friend of the Year: JeanneJeanne George and Jeannine & George Webster

George Webster, owner of RAM Mechanical, was first introduced to Marklund as our HVAC vendor in the 90’s. Over the years, George and his wife, Jeanne became more involved in the mission and wanted to give back to Marklund. George joined the golf classic committee in 1996. The following year, they grew their support to include the inaugural Top Hat Ball, and invited their friends, Jim and Bud Porter of Porter Pipe to join them. From 2006-2012, George served as the Chairman of the Marklund Golf Classic. In this leadership role, he provided guidance in planning the event, introducing many of his clients and vendors to Marklund, while soliciting thousands of sponsorship dollars for Marklund. Jeanne joined him on the golf classic committee in 2011, and has been a member ever since. Together, they continue to volunteer and give generously of their time and financial contributions to Marklund.

• George has served on the Marklund Board of Directors since 2008, and sits on the Finance Committee.

• George was honored as the Marklund Hero of the Year at the Golf Classic in 2008

Through the Webster’s networking and introductions over the years, Marklund has been able to cultivate new donors, sponsors and volunteers that has translated into thousands of dollars and close relationships for Marklund.

(Above photo: Jeanne and George Webster with Jeannine Zupo, Marklund's Director of Signature Events)

 

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:

2017 -- Aon
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 

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