The luncheon is presented by Itasca Bank & Trust in celebration of its 75th Anniversary, with support from DuPage Foundation, Duly Health and Care, and Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Steve Dolinsky, an American television, radio, print and podcast food and travel reporter, and “The Food Guy” on NBC-TV Channel 5 in Chicago, will deliver the Keynote Address.
A panel discussion featuring David Dungan, MD, an internal medicine and pediatric physician with Duly, Elizabeth “Beth” Engler, Community Outreach
Coordinator for Naperville School District 203, and Barbara “Barb” Szczepaniak, Vice President for Programs at the DuPage Foundation, will focus on the negative impacts of hunger and food scarcity.
Nicki Anderson, Executive Director University Development at Benedictine University in Lisle and former Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, will serve as the panel’s moderator.
Participating chambers include the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce, Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce, Chamber 630 (Downers Grove and Woodridge), GOA Regional Business Association, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Palatine Chamber of Commerce, Roselle Chamber of Commerce, Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce.
Chambers will donate $5 from each $40 ticket to their local food pantries.
Chairing the organizing committee is Scott LaMorte, Vice President of Business Development at Itasca Bank and member of the ECCI Board of Directors.
Participating food pantries include Bensenville-Wood Dale Food Pantry (GOA), Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry (Elmhurst), Itasca Food Bank (GOA), Lisle Township Food Pantry (Lisle), Loaves & Fishes (Naperville), Neighboring Food Pantries (Carol Stream, Chamber 630, Western DuPage), Peoples Resource Center (Chamber 630, Westmont, Wheaton), Roselle Food Pantry (Roselle), Wood Dale Food Pantry (GOA).
Food pantries also will be able to promote their services in person to attendees by staffing exhibitor tables in the lobby of the banquet hall.