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Friend of the Year Award

AON logoAon 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. 

R2216 DZ3A0306 MarklundFOY2017 AON ScreenResThrough 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 

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