The Naperville Jaycees held their 40th Annual Distinguished Service Awards on Thursday, April 26, 2018, in the Pavilion at Meson Sabika in Naperville.

The Distinguished Service Awards recognize local individuals and organizations for their community spirit and dedication to Naperville. 

This year’s ceremony celebrated sacrifice, kindness, compassion, acceptance and the many ways the community connects every day to make a difference. Standing ovations and boisterous applause communicated plenty of appreciation for all the 2018 DSA designees.

Cheers to this year’s recipients and to the Naperville Jaycees!

2018 DSA honorees  

•    Naperville Memorial Day Parade Committee, Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement Award
•    Emy Trotz, Public Employee
•    Sun Kwok, Community Leader
•    Dr. Leona Di Amore, Healthcare Professional
•    Dog Patch Pet and Feed, Business
•    Alive Center, Non-Profit Organization
•    Jack Mayor, Student Volunteer
•    Stephanie Jurkiw, Educator



A large tribute poster to DSA recipients since 1979 was displayed with more than 400 names listed under categories of their contributions to this community.

For 2018, Jaycees Chad Pedigo served as master of ceremonies, introducing the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards Committee Chair Sue Navalgund and her committee, including Michelle Lee Austin, Miranda Barfuss, Kelly Beyer, Matt Chicola, Karen Coleman, Rebecca Cravatta, Margo DeGeeter, Matt Dingeldein, Nina Mayer, Daniel Perez and Greg Siegel.

UPDATE April 28, 2018 / The May 2018 issue of Positively Naperville is now in the proof-reading and production stage before it hits the web press April 30. To read more about the Jaycees 2018 Distinguished Service Awards, be sure to pick up a copy during the merry month of May from one of PN’s distribution racks. Thanks for reading!