The Harvard Club's Annual Award Dinner

SOLD OUT - Please call the office to be wait listed

will be held at The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago

on Saturday, February 25, 2017 

6:00 p.m. Cocktails, 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Our Awardee and speaker will be the former Secretary of Education

the Honorable Arne S. Duncan, AB '86

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Be sure to complete your RSVP and let us know everyone's meal choice:  chicken, fish or vegetarian!
Our Awardee and Speaker:
Arne Duncan was nominated to be Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009.  In his confirmation hearings, Duncan called education "the most pressing issue facing America," adding that "preparing young people for success in life is not just a moral obligation of society" but also an "economic imperative." "Education is also the civil rights issue of our generation," he said, "the only sure path out of poverty and the only way to achieve a more equal and just society." Duncan expressed his commitment to work under the leadership of President Obama and with all those involved in education "to enhance education in America, to lift our children and families out of poverty, to help our students learn to contribute to the civility of our great American democracy, and to strengthen our economy by producing a workforce that can make us as competitive as possible."

Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley, from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country.  As CEO, Duncan's mandate was to raise education standards and performance, improve teacher and principal quality, and increase learning options. In seven and a half years, he united education reformers, teachers, principals and business stakeholders behind an aggressive education reform agenda that included opening over 100 new schools, expanding after-school and summer learning programs, closing down underperforming schools, increasing early childhood and college access, dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers, and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.

Prior to joining the Chicago Public Schools, Duncan ran the non-profit education foundation Ariel Education Initiative (1992-1998), which helped fund a college education for a class of inner-city children under the “I Have A Dream” program. He was part of a team that later started a new public elementary school built around a financial literacy curriculum, the Ariel Community Academy, which today ranks among the top elementary schools in Chicago.

Duncan formerly served on the boards of the Ariel Education Initiative, Chicago Cares, the Children's Center, the Golden Apple Foundation, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Jobs for America's Graduates, Junior Achievement, the Dean's Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management, the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Foundation, Renaissance Schools Fund, Scholarship Chicago, and the South Side YMCA. He also served on the Board of Overseers for Harvard College and the Visiting Committees for Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration.
From 1987 to 1991, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia, where he also worked with children who were wards of the state.  Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. He was co-captain of Harvard's basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American. He credits basketball with his team-oriented and highly disciplined work ethic.
Be sure to complete your RSVP and let us know everyone's meal choice:  chicken, fish or vegetarian!
Black tie preferred.

Regular:                     $150 per person
Decade:                      $75 per person (College classes 2007 – 2016)
Patron:                        $300 per person
Benefactor:                 $3,500 for a table of up to 10  Please contact the Club office with the names and meal choices of your guests.

Benefactors and Patrons have priority seating and will be listed in the program.  The estimated cost per person is $150.  Donations in excess of the per person cost are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.  
If you are a Benefactor and would like the Club to make seats at your table available to recent grads or parents of current students, please call the Club office at (847) 256-1211 and indicate the number of seats you wish to donate.  
Self-parking is available at the Grant Park South garage.  The vehicle entrances for the Grant Park South Garage are on Michigan Avenue between Congress Parkway (from the south, heading north) and Jackson Street (from the north, heading south).



Saturday, 02/25/17 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm | iCal


The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60622

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Look Who's Coming:

Clare Golla
Adam Golla
Elaine Liu
Jesse Reising
  U.S. Department of Justice
Eva Stojchevska
Andrew Nelson
Reva Minkoff Lyttle
Derek Lyttle
Litcy Kurisinkal
Alicia Beyer
David Zeman
Ron Bauer
Queta Bauer
Adele Simmons
John Simmons
Arthur Nielsen
Sheila Nielsen
  Nielsen Career Consulting
Kristin Walter
John O'Toole
Ana Danciu
Judy Thornber
Suzanne Morgan
Joel Henning
Maria A Ojeda
A. Abboud
Steven Schaumberger
Elizabeth Ryznar
  Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Larry Tobacman
Benjamin Tobacman
Paul Finnegan
Mary Finnegan
Jane McLagan
Bruce McLagan
Alan Jackson
Guest of Alan Jackson
Julie Palmer
John Palmer
Desmond Wong
Blair Kamin
John Koenigsknecht
Ross Ford
Julieanna Richardson
  The HistoryMakers
Zhu Sun
Kori Crockett
  Propeller Collective
M. Elysia Baker
Karl Analo
Samuel Levine
Jose Rodriguez
Lauren Schwartze
  Bellwether Education Partners
James Stone
Guest of James Stone
Roseanna Ander
Julia Quinn
Monica Bhatt
Reese Gaines
John Wolf
Jamin Estep
Syed Zaffer
John DiChiara
Janice Louie
Andres Aya
Timothy Solberg
  Solberg Adviasors LLC
John Ansehl
  JPA Design
Marco Cortez
Madison Edwards
R. Scott Falk
Meredith Falk
Sara Mills
Blasko Ristic
  Machka Ventures, Inc.
Lisa McClung
  Lismore Advisors
Marion Rosenbluth
Rebecca Ribaudo
Anthony Ribaudo
John Ellis
  U Penn
Thaddeus Wilson
Megan Panje-Wilson
Mohammed Khan
Mike Pankratz
Christine Rohan
Morris Fisher
Natalie Fisher
Richard Shepro
Lindsay Roberts
Leif Selkregg
Nicholas Diaz
Mark Shields
Guest of Mark Shields
Kellogg Fairbank
  Chicago Maritime Museum
Elizabeth Winston
  The Little Farm
Yumi Shilowitz Ross
Douglas Ross
Phillip Acevedo
Matthew Schmidt
Meaghan Schmidt
Joshua Reilly
  Linden Capital Partners
Nicole Reilly
  UCSN Charter Schools
Allison Clark
Guest of Allison Clark
Connor Loftus
Jack Dittmer
Anne Skrodzki
Stephen Walsh
David Mann
Ethel Gofen
Bill Gofen
Paula Duffy
John Elzinga
  Boston Consulting Group
Tessa Wiegand
  Oliver Wyman
Hannah Mayer
Guest of Hannah Mayer
Raj Lal
  Raj B Lal, MD, SC
William Troyer
  Univ. if Illinois
Prentiss Taylor, MD
Anita Taylor
Nancy Felton-Elkins
David Tebaldi
Jackie Grinvalds
Stephen Baird
Susan Baird
Thomas Murphy
Susan Murphy
Nancy Berman
Mickey Hammerman
Myrna Hammerman
Margaret Fowler
Mity Fowler
Paul Freehling
Susan Freehling
Frederic Artwick
Carol Fertig
John Morrison
Barbara Morrison
Raphael Lee
Kathleen Kelley
Linda Goodman
David Narefsky
Barbara Hall
David Scherer
Reid Bolton
Karen Duncan
Paul Vallas
Denise Tollinche
Anne Elliott
Charles Tollinche
Tim Elliott
Sharon Vallas
Arne Duncan
Shu Chan
Anne Troy
Lauren Richardson
Walter Scott
Smitha Arekapudi
Mark Partridge
  Partridge Partners
Partridge Mary
  Partridge Partners
Michael Walsh
Robert Feitler
Joan Feitler
Duncan Harris
Linda Blumberg
David Blumberg
Christopher Strauss
Gay-Young Cho
Lorna Strauss
Margery Feitler
Beth Harris
Dr. Christopher Chiu
Hanna Stotland
Richard Tolliver
Jennifer Dixon
Pilar Fernandez
Bharat Samy
Susan Oliver
Paul Kingsley
Jerry Noren
  University of Illinois Chicago
Kathy Hagstrom
  Disney Magnet School
Jacqueline Waldstein
John Knoebel
Dick Morehead
Cynthia Morehead
Elory Rozner
Jose Cerda
Macol Stewart Cerda
Elissa Klein
  ReGeneration Schools
John Rielly
Irene Rielly
Kristopher Mendez
Linda Goodman
Guest of Linda Goodman
Michael Cronin
Elizabeth Schnell
Dan Rittenhouse
Leo Lanzillo
Robert Bernat
Beth Bernat
Sameer Doshi
Deepa Punjabi
Maryam Saeedvafa
Charity Fort
John Steven Bianucci
  Earth's New Ways, LLC
John McCarter
Judy McCarter
Bailey Vertovez
Danielle Sassower
Kathe Pate
Jason Koh
Elizabeth Barber
Brian Smith
Lytle Smith
Leonard McGee
Danielle Cupps
Andrew Cupps
Judi Cunningham
Myles Cunningham
Greg Rothstein
Vikas Chandola
George Hodakowski
Bruce Hochstadt
Tuba Sahiti
Lena Buchakova
Nancy Valentine
... a total of 258 guests.
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CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be received during normal business hours, 3 business days prior to the event or the attendee who made the reservation will be charged due to costs associated with the reservation and/or the event itself, regardless of actual participation.

Harvard Club office:
Tel:      1-847-256-1211
Click here to buy tickets!!!
Be sure to complete your RSVP and let us know everyone's meal choice:  chicken, fish or vegetarian!