People from all over the city gathered at the Lisle-Naperville Hilton on April 5, to honor those who go above and beyond to serve the community.
At the 35th Annual Distinguished Service Awards Dinner, eight individuals were recognized by the Naperville Jaycees’ for their hard work and dedication to Naperville and it’s residents.
The Naperville Jaycees are a volunteer organization “where leaders come to grow,” according to their new motto, unveiled at the event.
Attorney Brien Nagle was honored in the Business Professional category. Nagle donates his time and legal council to many non-profits across Naperville.
“Service to humanity is the best work of life,” said Nagle. “Especially when it done without wanting pictures, autographs, or power.”
Karen DeAngelis’ work as financial director for the city was spotlighted as Distinguished Public Employee, for keeping the finances on track through tough economic times.
Mary Ann Junkroski of Roseland Draperies was awarded in the category of Overall Business for her dedication of time and talents to many different groups. Most recently Junkroski partnered with District 203 schools to help develop talent in aspiring interior designers.
Tom Carroll, who serves on many executive boards across the city including NCTV17 and the Naperville Area Humane Society, was honored as Distinguished Community Leader.
“So, what’s your mission,” Carroll asked those in attendance. “How are you serving? You are a spiritual being having a human experience. Is it love for children? Is it compassion for animals? Is it an infinity to the beauty of the written word? Is it caring for people with disabilities? Is it helping people who are starving? Is it believing education is critical to our future?
Or is it preserving our history through media? Our ability to serve is endless.”
Mary Ann Bobosky accepted the award for Distinguished Educator on behalf of Sally Pentecost. The former principal of Madison Junior High still advises local schools into her retirement.
“Life has its ups and downs, no doubt about it,” 17-year-old, Naperville North junior, Austin Hansen said. “As long as you stay honest and do what you feel is right and keep moving forward, it all seems to work out.”
Hansen was honored as the 2013 Distinguished Student Volunteer.
Not-for-Profit Leader went to recently retired Peggy Frank for her leadership at Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society.
And the night culminated with Mayor Gorge Pradel being honored with the “Charles Bushe Lifetime Achievement Award” for his many years in Naperville as a police officer and for 18 years as mayor.
“If I’ve had to opportunity to save on kid’s life or to turn it around, that’s all I’ve ever cared about,” said Pradel.
In the 35-year history of the awards more than 300 individuals have been honored by the Jaycees.
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