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Past Awardees


2016 Honoree: Keating Crown

The District 39 Educational Foundation was proud to bestow its ninth Distinguished Citizen Award to Keating Crown.  We recognized Keating Crown as a passionate leader committed to rebuilding and revitalizing communities. Keating is an alumnus of District 39 schools and New Trier’s class of 1996.  He studied sociology at Duke University, and was captain of the men’s... <more>

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2015 Honoree: Sydney Martin

  District 39 Educational Foundation was honored to bestow its eighth Distinguished Citizen Award to Sydney Martin. Sydney started her rock necklace business when she was only 8 years old, using rocks found on the beach of Lake Michigan. She turned them into necklaces that family and friends loved. Sydney never realized these simple rock necklaces would impact her life in... <more>

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2014 Honoree: Elizabeth Drucker

  The District 39 Educational Foundation was honored to bestow its seventh Distinguished Citizen Award to Beth Drucker, President and Co-Founder of Go Green Wilmette. For over 25 years, Beth has been a community leader sharing her passion for connecting individuals to nature. Her environmental stewardship has touched the District 39 schools, the Village of Wilmette and all our neighboring communities. In 2006, Beth Drucker... <more>

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2013 Honoree: Dr. Robert S. D. Higgins, MD, MSHA

  The District 39 Educational Foundation was honored to bestow its sixth Distinguished Citizen Award to Professor and Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Robert Higgins. Dr. Higgins is a visionary leader, a renowned surgeon and all around exemplary community member. In 2010, he was appointed the John H. and Mildred Lumley Medical Research Chair, Chief of the... <more>

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2012 Honoree: Mayor Rahm Emanual

  On Thursday, May 2, 2012, The District 39 Educational Foundation was proud to honor Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award. Over 200 friends and community members gathered at the Michigan Shores Club and celebrated Mayor Emanuel's illustrious public service contributions. While last-minute scheduling changes kept Mayor Emanuel from... <more>

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2011 Honoree: Carole Dibo

  In 2006, the historic Wilmette Theatre was about to go out of business, the space destined to become a furniture store. Carole Dibo, a Wilmette resident, District 39 volunteer, and actor, had a vision for a local theater. With her husband and two business partners, Carole purchased and refurbished the historic theater, creating a vibrant... <more>

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2010 Honoree: Walter Reed

  The Foundation was proud to bestow the 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award to Wilmette resident and District 39 friend, Walter Reed. Over 180 friends and neighbors celebrated this remarkable man at the Michigan Shores Club on May 18, 2010. Walter’s endeavors during his life, including his service during World War II, his advocacy on behalf of children... <more>

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2009 Honoree: Charlie Trotter

  On November 10, 2009, District 39 alumnus and former Wilmette resident Charlie Trotter received the District 39 Educational Foundation's second annual Distinguished Citizen Award. Over 130 guests at the Michigan Shores Club enjoyed the chance to meet Chef Trotter and hear about his start in the restaurant business right here in Wilmette. Chef Trotter also... <more>

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2008 Honorees: Roger B. Myerson & Gina W. Myerson

  The District 39 Educational Foundation presented its first Distinguished Citizen Award ceremony on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the Michigan Shores Club. Over 120 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and award presentation to Wilmette residents Roger Myerson, Nobel Laureate in Economics/recipient of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, and his wife Gina Myerson, first... <more>

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