Kids’ Best Friend Award
Tom Carroll is this year’s recipient of the Kids’ Best Friend Award. Formerly executive vice president and chief administrative officer of RR Donnelley. Recently retired, Carroll has dedicated his adult life to helping kids, families, and communities through his work and volunteerism.
Making a Difference Award
Long admired for their support of community and international causes, the three Rotary clubs of Naperville are, together, being recognized with the Education Center’s Making a Difference Award. The three clubs are: the Rotary Club of Naperville, the Rotary Club of Naperville/Sunrise, and the Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown. The clubs are all members of Rotary International, one of the world’s first humanitarian organizations.
George and Pat Pradel Humanitarian Award
This year’s George and Pat Pradel Humanitarian Award is being given to Thomas and Kathleen O’Donnell. The impact of their lifelong efforts reaches deep within Naperville and beyond the ocean to foreign shores.
The children of Irish immigrants who came to America with little formal education, Tom and Kathleen were the first man and woman in their families to attend college. Armed with college educations, a strong work ethic, a country that valued achievement, and a strong devotion to God and family, this couple raised six children, volunteered in the community, found unimagined success in business, and used their personal blessings to help others.
The O’Donnell’s financial donations provided seed money for the founding of the Naperville Education Association and the Naperville Soccer Association. With a focus on education and Catholic Charities, they have quietly supported numerous schools, St. Patrick’s Residence, Catholic Charities, and many other organizations. They are also major supporters of Notre Dame.
Litow, who has dedicated his professional life to helping young people find success in school as well as in life, honors community members and organizations each year at the annual Kids’ Best Friend Benefit.
The 2017 Kids’ Best Friend Benefit will be held on Friday, October 20, in the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Grand Ballroom, 3003 Corporate West Drive, in Lisle.
For more information, call (630) 420-7807.
Submitted by Clare Communications for The Education Center.