The HCC 52nd Annual Award Dinner - SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 6pm | The Chicago Club

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The Harvard Club of Chicago's 52nd Annual Award Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 6pm at The Chicago Club.


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Our renowned guest speaker is Howard Gardner, the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and senior director of Harvard Project Zero. Professor Gardner is a 1981 MacArthur Prize Fellow and has twice been selected as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines.  Among the thirty books and several hundred articles he has authored, his book Multiple Intelligences has sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide. 


We will also be celebrating our 2018 Awardee, Alan (Mickey) Hammerman, A.B. 1955, longtime club member and tireless contributor to our Harvard community. Mr. Hammerman twice served as president of The Harvard Club of Chicago, was longstanding co-chair of The Club's Schools Committee, and was chair of the HAA's National Schools and Scholarships Committee. Mr. Hammerman has interviewed hundreds of students, raised the profile of our region's talent, and underscored the importance of financial aid. His vision and service laid the groundwork for the thriving club and Schools and Scholarship program we have today.


As with our 2017 event, we are offering both individual ticket and table purchases. The Harvard Club of Chicago is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose membership fees support only a portion of our expenses. Our Schools Committee work, including organizing more than 1,300 Harvard College applicant interviews per year, is supported by generous donors. Our programs, averaging twenty per year, strive to break even. Your support for the club through your membership and table purchases at our Annual Dinner make our operations possible, and are greatly appreciated. 

2018 HCC Award Dinner Details


Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018


Time: Reception 6pm; Dinner 7pm


Location: The Chicago Club, 81 E. Van Buren St. (View Map)


Parking: Valet parking is available 


Attire: Black Tie or Business Formal


RSVP: Individual tickets and table purchases are available. This event fills quickly, so please respond soon. You may purchase tickets HERE or click the button:


2018 Guest Speaker: Professor Howard Gardner


Our renowned guest speaker is Howard Gardner, the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an adjunct professor of psychology at Harvard University, and senior director of Harvard Project Zero. Professor Gardner’s theory of multiple of intelligences and ideas around ethics education inform educators and communities worldwide on how we learn, and how education can support a just society. 


The son of Jewish refugees who fled Germany in November 1938, Professor Gardner was a first generation college student who became intellectually “alive” at Harvard, soaking up courses across multiple disciplines. A scholar in the truest sense of the word, Professor Gardner has dedicated his career to research in the fields of psychology, cognition and education, and is heralded as a masterful synthesizer of research and theory. 


The author of thirty books and several hundred articles, Professor Gardner is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the idea of a single intelligence that can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments. His book Multiple Intelligences has sold more than 200,000 copies and has been translated into thirty languages.


Since the mid-1990s, Professor Gardner has directed The Good Project, a group of initiatives promoting excellence, engagement, and ethics in education. As he enters his mid-70s, Professor Gardner remains remarkably prodigious, embodying the lifelong learning he fervently promotes. His newest undertaking is a large-scale study documenting how different groups think about the goals of college and the value of a liberal arts education. His March 3rd address to The Club is entitled "Higher Education; Today and Tomorrow."


Professor Gardner has received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981 and a Fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2000. He has received honorary degrees from thirty-one colleges and universities, and has twice been selected as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines.


We are honored to host Professor Gardner, a luminary within Harvard and prestigious educational communities worldwide.

2018 Awardee: Alan (Mickey) Hammerman


We are also thrilled to celebrate our 2018 Awardee, Alan (Mickey) Hammerman, longtime club member and tireless contributor to our Harvard community. Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Hammerman received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1955 and his J.D. from Northwestern Law School in 1958. After serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Hammerman worked as a research assistant at Harvard Law School for renowned tax scholar Stanley Surrey. Mr. Hammerman settled in Chicago where he built an esteemed legal practice focused on tax law and trusts.


Over the past five decades, Mr. Hammerman has contributed his volunteer time to Harvard University and our local Harvard community. As a club, we are indebted to his vision, commitment, and service, all of which laid the groundwork for the thriving club and Schools and Scholarship program we have today. Mr. Hammerman twice served as president of the Harvard Club of Chicago. As longstanding co-chair of The Harvard Club of Chicago’s Schools Committee, Mr. Hammerman championed applicants from the Chicago region, raising the profile of our talent pool and underscoring the importance of financial support for students in need. In the mid-1990s, Mr. Hammerman brought his expertise and vision to the national level, serving as chair of the HAA National Schools and Scholarship Committee.


In recognition of his outstanding service, Mr. Hammerman received the Harvard Alumni Leadership Award in 1990 and the Hiram S. Hunn Memorial Schools and Scholarships Award in 2003. A strong proponent of early education, Mr. Hammerman currently serves as president of the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, an organization committed to providing opportunities for educational advancement. The recent establishment of the Saul Zaentz Early Childhood Initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will have a transformative impact on improving and expanding childhood education so that all children have the opportunity to learn and thrive.


We are humbled by, grateful for, and honored to recognize Mr. Hammerman’s service, contributions, and enduring impact.

2018 Award Dinner Committee

Stephen W. Baird

Charles S. Bergen

Robert T. Bernat

Reid M. Bolton

Lisa & Paul Choi

Dani & Drew Cupps

Paul J. Finnegan

Bruce A. Hochstadt

Jason & Laura Koh

Stephen P. Lucado

Stephen R. Quazzo

Rebecca & Anthony Ribaudo

Steven D. Schaumberger

David R. Scherer

Richard Shepro & Lindsay Roberts

James Stone



Saturday, 03/3/18 at 6:00pm - 10:00pm | iCal


The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, Il 60605

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