Spirit Awards Winners Take Center Stage

Spirit Award Winners Take Center Stage

Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce recognizes achievement with the Spirit of Success Awards Dinner.

The Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce honored success in business at their annual gala Friday February 15th at the NIU Conference Center. The Spirit of Success Awards were presented to businesses through a nominating process and include three categories. The evening finale was the presentation of the Enduring Spirit Award honoring Tom & Pearl Marziani.

The 2019 honorees are:

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

This year's winner is Chuck Sadowski of Rutenberg Realty Group, Inc.; located in Naperville. Chuck has been a committed chamber member, and volunteers his time as a board member. A military veteran himself, Chuck also donates his time to various veteran organizations to create awareness & support for active military personnel & veterans.

"Making members feel welcome and engaged is what I truly enjoy," Chuck said. "I look forward to serving as a board member in 2019, and helping member businesses succeed."

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award requires the nominee to be in business for at least 3 years; demonstrate business acumen, innovation in leadership, management & business practices; along with demonstrating financial stability, community involvement, and social responsibility.

Enduring Spirit Award
Tom & Pearl Marziani Award

This distinguished, and sought after award has been awarded to the West Chicago Park District. The West Chicago Park District was established in 1972 and is committed to creating an enhanced quality of life through effective programs, progressive facilities and preservation of parks and natural resources. They maintain over 400 acres, including Reed Keppler Park, known as “the heart of the community” which houses the state of the art ARC Center, The Tree house, Turtle Splash Water Park, Keppler Academy Preschool, ZONE250, two dog parks, skate park, picnic shelters, multiple sports fields, playgrounds, bike trails, path system and a nature sanctuary. They are highly committed to creating a healthier community as a core member of the Healthy West Chicago initiative. The ever evolving District will be expanding its offerings with “Toucan’s Hideaway” a new adventure playground along with a splash pad at Turtle Splash. 

Service Spirit Award

Nominee must be a member in good standing, and recognized as an individual, company or organization dedicated to improving lives within the region through their services.  Fernando Ramirez has done that and more as the president of the Mexican Cultural Center. Their mission is to, "To encourage and promote our heritage through cultural, ethnic and civic activities designed to educate our Mexican community and the community at large." Fernando manages the Mexican Independence Day celebration in downtown West Chicago among many other community engaging initiatives. 

"This came as a complete surprise to me and I'm very honored to have even been considered for this prestigious award." Fernando said. "Of course I accepted it on behalf of my wonderful and very patient wife, the Mexican Cultural Center board and all the organizational leaders working hard hand-in-hand with me to make these past years a success."

Congratulations to all our 2019 Spirit of Success award winners.



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