2018 American Catholic Press Benefit
2018 American Catholic Press Benefit
To listen to the opening speech by Vincent Kolber and view all the pictures from the 2018 ACP benefit - click here
The American Catholic Press (ACP) benefit is held November 30, 2018, Friday evening. Reception will begin at 6:00 with dinner starting at 7:00 p.m. The venue for this benefit is Olympia Fields Country Club, in Olympia Fields, Illinois. You get there by going south on I-57 Expressway, exiting eastbound at Vollmer Road, and turning south on Western Avenue. Just after Joe Orr Road, you turn west, on the west side of Western, onto Country Club Road. After about a quarter mile, you come to a watchman and a barrier; the club is gated. You will identify yourself to the watchman at the gate; just say that you are there for the American Catholic Press benefit. The watchman will then cause the barrier to go up. You then proceed forward and park in the lot in front of the main building, which you will enter. No further identification is required. Click here for a local map of the area. Here is a link to a video of Olympia Fields Country Club.
Gary Rabine is the CEO and Founder of the Rabine Group, which is a group of construction companies servicing facility and property managers. The businesses include paving, roofing, trucking logistics, site assessment, and pipeline televising companies. There are also two non-profits under the Rabine Group, which are Rabine Group Foundation and True Mentors. Gary and more than 400 Rabine Group team members serve clients locally, regionally and nationally. Gary is an active member of associations and leadership organizations including Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Turning Point USA (TPUSA), and Job Creators Network (JCN). Gary is also President of the Northwest Chicagoland chapter of Legatus, an organization of Catholic business leaders.
Cheryl Rabine is Founder and Chairman of Rabine Group Foundation (RGF). The mission of RGF is to invest time, talent, and funds toward nonprofits focusing on children, disabled, homeless, and veterans. RGF has donated over $500,000 to local charities since being founded in 2007. Cheryl has also served on the board of many non-profits including Alexian Brothers Hospital and McHenry County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Gary and Cheryl have been married for over 30 years. They have four children and a grandson.
For their service to the common good and for their philanthropy, Gary and Cheryl richly deserve the 2018 Gratiam Dei Award of American Catholic Press.
Jeanne Ives is a Representative in the Illinois State House serving the 42nd District, which includes all or portions of Wheaton, Warrenville, West Chicago, Winfield, Carol Stream, Lisle and Naperville. First elected in 2012, Representative Ives has demonstrated not only a willingness to lead on difficult issues and question powerful House leaders, but also an insightful understanding of policy.
Her legislation has been recognized throughout the state and her opinion editorials have been published in the Chicago Tribune, as well as several political news sites.
Representative Ives graduated in the West Point Class of 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She went on to serve in the US Army. Her assignments included platoon leader and headquarters detachment commander for transportation units in Germany and ROTC instructor at Wheaton College.
She resigned from the Army in 1993 to raise her children and at the same time worked as a tax advisor and bookkeeper for small businesses and individuals.
Prior to her election to the Illinois House, Ives served on the Wheaton City Council, where her tenure was marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line.
Representative Ives focused on bringing about true pension and tax reform in the state, pursuing term limits for lawmakers, government transparency, and advocating for school choice.
In 2018, Representative Ives stood up for thousands of fiscal and social conservatives as the Republican gubernatorial primary challenger to Illinois’ incumbent governor, losing by less than three percentage points.
Jeanne has lived in Wheaton for 26 years with her husband, Paul (also a USMA Class of 1987 graduate), and their 5 children. She coached the St. Michael Boys and Girls Championship Cross Country teams for 12 years.
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