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Naperville Jaycees are set for annual Distinguished Service Awards presentation at Meson Sabika


Above / The 41st Naperville Jaycees Distinguished Service Awards nominations have been received, soon to be added to the Jaycees Honor Roll of Distinction in 2019. (PN File Photo 2018)

The Naperville Jaycees have announced the recipients of the 41st Annual Distinguished Service Awards that will be presented during festivities beginning at 6PM on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in the Pavilion at Meson Sabika in Naperville. 

Save the date for the 41st Annual Jaycees Distinguished Service Awards presentation on Thurs., May 2.

The Distinguished Service Awards recognize local individuals and organizations for their community spirit and dedication to Naperville with awards in the following categories:  Business, Public Employee, Community Leader, Educator, Not For Profit Leader or Organization, Student Volunteer, Healthcare Professional and the Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Nominations were accepted through April 12, 2019. On April 18, the Naperville Jaycees announced this year’s honorees.

2019 Distinguished Service Award Honorees

• Nonprofit Leader: Ryan Dowd
• Educator: Heidi Nelson
• Business: Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant
• Community Leader: Dennise Vaughn
• Student VolunteerIsha Srinivasan
• Healthcare ProfessionalDr. Aaron Weiner
• Public EmployeePaul Felstrup

2019 Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement AwardPatti Boheme

The Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor presented at the annual Distinguished Service Awards dinner, given in memory of one of the Jaycees’ founders, Chuck Bueche.

For 2019, Patti Boheme will be recognized for her lifetime of achievement. Boheme is Executive Vice-President of the Little Friends Center for Autism, and is known nationwide for her innovation in providing services for individuals of all ages with autism and other intellectual disabilities. For more than 30 years, Boheme has led the development of several service models for infants and toddlers, children/adolescents and adults at Little Friends, Inc.

Boheme has authored several picture systems for teaching that are used throughout the nation. 

In 2018, the Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Naperville Memorial Day Parade Committee. The 2019 Memorial Day Parade is Mon., May 27.

During this month of Worldwide Autism Awareness, it’s especially rewarding to announce that Patti Boheme has been selected to receive the Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement Award, joining other dedicated individuals who have been recognized for making a difference in the community since the first DSAs were presented four decades ago.

In 2017, NMB Conductor Ron Keller and NMB Emcee Ann Lord received the Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement Award for their combined association of more than 110 years with the Naperville Municipal Band. In 2019, the NMB is celebrating 160 years!

Additional information on the Naperville Jaycees Distinguished Service Awards, details on award categories and and more can be found at naperjaycees.org.

Tickets to this event are $50 per person and include a tapas style dinner and cash bar.  

Sponsorship opportunities for the Distinguished Service Awards are also available.  Visit http://www.naperjaycees.org/event/2019-distinguished-service-awards/ for more information and to purchase tickets.  For more info, contact Miranda Barfuss, (620) 269-0963 or mlbarfuss@gmail.com.

Meson Sabika is located at 1025 Aurora Avenue.

Naperville Jaycees

The Naperville Jaycees is a nonprofit service organization with more than 120 young people dedicated to personal development through community service. The organization provides Naperville area residents with the opportunity to better themselves and to grow personally and professionally while giving through community service and fund raising efforts. Through their fund raising efforts such as Jaycees Last Fling over Labor Day weekend, the Naperville Jaycees are able to donate funds to nonprofit organizations in the community and throughout DuPage County.  

News release submitted by Karen Coleman for the Naperville Jaycees.

Watch for additional information on this website as well as in the May print edition of Positively Naperville.

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