Landmarks Illinois celebrated its seventh and largest fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on March 7, with more than 500 patrons in attendance. Leslie Hindman, John W. McCarter Jr. and
"We are honored to recognize this year's honorees as they are among the great civic leaders of Chicago," said Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois. "Their work has left a lasting impression on the city's culture and heritage."
The evening began with remarks by emcee Bill Zwecker, who introduced Shelley Gorson, Landmarks Illinois chairman of the board. Gorson presented a short video that spotlighted the organization's preservation efforts. Since 1971, Landmarks Illinois has worked to save hundreds of historic landmarks that include Farnsworth House, the Chicago Athletic Association,
John H. Bryan, a 2007 Legendary Landmark honoree, introduced Hindman, of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers McCarter,
Past honorees also were brought on stage. They included Michael Kutza, John Vinci, Victor Skrebneski, Richard Gray, Bernie Sahlins, Jane Nicholl Sahlins, Richard Driehaus, John Bryan and Miles White.
Co-chaired by Joseph Antunovich and Janet Rotner, the event raised more than $525,000 to benefit the Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund, which provides assistance for the revitalization of historically and architecturally significant properties.
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