1997 American Catholic Press Benefit
the first time, the ACP dinner is held at the Flossmoor Country Club, as
a "Black Tie Optional" event. This year, the recipient of the
Gratiam Dei Award is David Hartigan.
He is an attorney who, with Ed McGillen, helped
ACP with its legitimate exemption from property tax, for its
newly-occupied building at State and Taft in South Holland. His
achievement is recounted and lauded in a Parable of Victory
proclaimed aloud at the gathering, September 13, 1997. For
hermeneutical help in understanding this story, please consult the Preface to a Parable.
Those present include five judges, three priests, two sisters, newly elected State Senator Debbie Halvorson, one law professor, and several Democratic leaders, notably President John Stroger, President of the Board of Cook County. The guest speaker is Warner Saunders, chief newscaster of NBC, Channel 5.
|Dan Ryan, President of Suburban Federal Savings Bank, Master of Ceremonies for the 1997 ACP Benefit.|
the left are Tom Conlon, Kevin Conlon, John H. Stroger, Jr., and
Orlando Jones. Tom came in the stead of the Honorable Claudia Conlon.
Kevin is head of the Rich Township Democratic Committee. President
Stroger is Forest Preserve Commissioner and head of the Cook County
Board. This photo is taken on the outside porch at Flossmoor Country
Club, during the reception before dinner.|
|From the left are Lester & Joan Wolf, Steve & Pam Stock, and Kathy Thoren, all of Suburban Federal Savings Bank.|
the left are Loraine Collins, Wendy Loggins, and Eileen Mahoney.
Loraine and Eileen are first cousins to Father Gilligan. Right behind
Eileen are Lula and Calvin Cook. Wendy is Manager of Information Systems
for ACP. |
the left are Carol Robinson, Felice Wyatt, Victoria Hand, and Tim
Grossi. Victoria is the president of Washington Memory Gardens,
Homewood. Felice is her sister; Tim is her husband.|
Hartigan (right) receives the 1997 Gratiam Dei Award from Father
Gilligan. His legal work ensured the survival of American Catholic
In 1996, Mr. Hartigan was appointed President of the
Catholic Lawyers' Guild. In 1993, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed
him Chairman of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
This commission regulated the registration of ethical practice of law of
all attorneys practicing in Illinois. He was re-appointed in December,
1994, for an additional three-year term. In June of 1988, he was
appointed to be one of seven commissioners on the Attorney Registration
and Disciplinary Commission.
In 1982, the Honorable Frank McGarr,
Chief Judge, appointed him to the District Admissions Committee for the
Northern District of Illinois.
From 1971 to 1985, he was
legislative consultant to the Catholic Conference of Illinois, which
coordinated statewide activities for the six Catholic dioceses of
Illinois. In this capacity, Mr. Hartigan's work was extensive, dealing
with questions concerning schools, charities, hospitals, and cemeteries.
David Hartigan is a graduate of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and Loyola University Law School, Chicago.
are Don & Christina Woo, with Donna Kallemeyn. Note the Channel 5
(NBC) banner on the wall, in the background. This banner is up there
because of today's guest speaker, Warner Saunders.|
the porch, from the left, are Linda Koselke with Tony & Susan
Romanovich. Tony is a board member of American Catholic Press and was
the first to recommend Warner Saunders as a guest speaker for this
the left are Pat Jackson, Loretta & Tom Powers, and Ken Jackson,
all of NBC. In addition to Warner Saunders, guest speaker, there was a
table of ten people from NBC, appropriately, table number five.|
the left are Margaret & Honorable Frank McGarr, with Suzanne Ryan,
wife of Dan. Mr. McGarr was one of five judges at this benefit.|
the many friends of David Hartigan, above, from the left, are Honorable
Moshe Jacobius & Rita Jacobius, with Audrey & Art Murphy. This
view is looking south, during the reception before dinner.|
Richard Michael, Mary Michael, and Father Matt Hoffman. Professor
Michael teaches law at Loyola University, where David Hartigan earned
his law degree.|
|From the left are Kathleen Hartigan, Tina Soerio, and Mrs. George Garver, the Mother-in-law of David Hartigan.|
Charles Kouba sounds the xylophone, as a signal dinner is to begin. It
is held by Evie Hansen. On the right, Frank Termini.|
and Donna Thiernau were active members of the 1997 Benefit Planning
Committee, preparing invitations, formulating plans, making contacts,
working on the raffle and Silent Auction, and contributing items for the
auction. Other active members were Jim & Joan Braden, Tony
Romanovich, and Joan Termini.|
the left are John Hartigan, Joanne Krop & Judge Robert Krop. John, a
cousin of David, is head of his law firm. Before the conferral of the
Gratiam Dei Award, Judge Krop reads a congratulatory letter from
Governor Jim Edgar.|
Powers (left) is happy to win the Grand Raffle prize: a vacation in
Acapulco, donated by Jones & Cleary Roofing Company. Tom is director
of broadcasting for NBC-TV. Dan Ryan, on the right, hands Tom a folder
with travel instructions.|
|After being introduced by Dan Ryan, in the back, Father Matt Hoffman sings grace before meals, to the tune of Edelweiss. After grace, he sings Santa Lucia, to the delight of those present.|
highlight of the evening is an informative and stirring talk by the
guest speaker, Warner Saunders, Chief Anchor of the evening newscasts
for WMAQ-TV, NBC, Channel 5 in Chicago. He speaks on cultural diversity
and social harmony.|
Mr. Saunders has a history of twenty-seven
years of broadcasting with distinction, being honored with two of
Chicago's most prestigious awards in his field: a 1993 induction into
the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame; and the Chicago Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle Award.
His 1990 series, Reports from South Africa, culminated in a compelling documentary, South Africa: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
From 1983 to 1990, he hosted Warner, a News-Channel 5 public affairs talk show.
a member of WMAQ-TV Sports Team, he made many original contributions.
In 1986, the Associated Press named his entry "Best Sports Report." In
1984, he won the Media Award of the Chicago Association of Black
A native of Chicago, Mr. Saunders is the winner of
16 Chicago Emmy awards in news and programming. He holds a BA from
Xavier University, New Orleans, and an MA from Northwestern University
|The Word of the Lord brings joy to the heart.|
|Joyce, Tara, and Joseph Termini|
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