Illinois State Society extends a heartfelt thank you to the
following organizations for their support at our 2005 Illinois
Inaugural Gala Sponsors
Sponsored by Motorola
Lester Lanin Band and the Country
Sponsored by Abbott Laboratories
Sponsored by IAP Worldwide Services, Inc.
Sponsored by The Grand Hyatt Washington
Music by Daryl
Sponsored by International Truck and Engine Corporation
Sponsored by Exelon Corporation
Sponsored by Burlington Northern
Sponsored by Altria Group, Inc.
Mile & Welcome Music
Sponsored by Chicago Board Options
Hosted Coat Check
Sponsored by Chicago Board of Trade
Dinner Table Decorations
Sponsored by Cornerstone Government
Gala Table Decorations
Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase
The Stadium Food
Sponsored by The Real Estate Roundtable
Route 66 Escalator
Sponsored by Ungaretti & Harris LLP
& Southern Winds Band
Sponsored by Chicago Mercantile Exchange
and Gala Dinner Desserts
Sponsored by Constellation Energy
Sponsored by Caterpillar
Sponsored by Sonnenschein Nath &
Sponsored by Gardner, Carton & Douglas
Sponsored by Monsanto imagine
The Whistle Stop
Sponsored by HSBC Bank
Sponsored by CompTIA
Sponsored by Kaleidacare
Inc - The "Speaker" Book
carving of the Chicago skyline. In forground is the glass
the Gala logo which was part of the table center piece.
The 2005 Illinois Presidential Inaugural Gala will mark the 3rd
Anniversary of the Outstanding Illinoisan Awards presented to
individuals from Illinois who display outstanding life-long services
in the following areas: Arts and Entertainment; Business; Literature
and Journalism; Military Service; Public Service; Non-Profit Service;
Science and Technology; and Sports. Below are those that have
accepted the nomination for 2005 along with their achievement
that has earned them this mark of distinction.
Founder -- The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Nancy Goodman Brinker’s career encompasses philanthropy,
diplomacy and business. Nancy Brinker is the Founder of the Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Race for the Cure® and
was U. S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003.
Nancy established the Komen Foundation in 1982 to honor the memory
of her sister, Susan, whom she had lost to the disease in 1980.
The Race for the Cure® was created the following year in an
effort to raise community awareness and funding for breast cancer
education and scientific research. Today it is the world's largest
5K race series, with almost one million people participating in
109 cities nationwide. Since its inception, the Foundation has
raised more than $225 million for breast cancer research, education,
and screening treatment programs across the country. Nancy has
taken an active political role and served on the Board of Directors
of several organizations in support of cancer research.
In 2001, Brinker accepted President George W. Bush's nomination
of Ambassador to Hungary , and her achievements there are equally
impressive. She helped to preserve tax benefits and lower tariffs
on U.S. companies doing business in Hungary. Brinker negotiated
the hosting and training of the Free Iraqi Forces, an expatriate
group who later joined coalition forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom,
making Hungary the first European country to contribute to regime
change in Iraq. Her groundbreaking efforts to advance the cause
of women's health in Hungary included a symposium and ceremonial
walk across the country's oldest bridge (lit pink for the occasion)
to raise breast cancer awareness.
Nancy 's remarkable life story is a profound testament to the
possibility within all of us to effect positive change in the
world. At the podium, she shares her extraordinary journey from
humble beginnings in Peoria, Illinois, to her philanthropic achievements
in the fight against breast cancer, to her accomplished Ambassadorship
in Eastern Europe. Her inspiring presentation reveals the power
of hard work and perseverance in accomplishing the American dream.
Winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics
Leon M. Lederman, internationally renowned
high-energy physicist, is Director Emeritus of Fermi National
Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois and holds an appointment
as Pritzker Professor of Science at Illinois Institute of Technology,
Chicago. Dr. Lederman served as Chairman of the State of Illinois
Governor's Science Advisory Committee. He is a founder and the
inaugural Resident Scholar at the Illinois Mathematics and Science
Academy, a 3-year residential public high school for the gifted.
Dr. Lederman was the Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
from June 1, 1979 to June 30, 1989. He is a founder and Chairman
of the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science, active in
the professional development of primary school teachers in Chicago
For more than thirty years Dr. Lederman has been associated with
Columbia University in New York City, having been a student and
a faculty member there. Professor Lederman was the Eugene Higgins
Professor of Physics at Columbia from 1972-79 and served as Director
of Nevis Laboratories in Irvington ,Columbia 's center for experimental
research in high-energy physics, from 1962-79. With colleagues
and students from Nevis he led an extensive and wide-ranging series
of experiments that provided major advances in the understanding
of particles and interactions, thus contributing significantly
to what is known as the "standard model."
Major experiments included the observation of parity violation
in decay of pi and mu mesons, the discovery of the long-lived
neutral kaon, the discovery of two kinds of neutrinos and the
discovery of the upsilon particle, the first evidence for the
bottom quark. His research was based upon experiments principally
using the particle accelerators at Nevis Labs, Brookhaven and
Fermilab, although he has carried out research at CERN ( Geneva
), Berkeley, Cornell and Rutherford ( England ). His publications
exceed 300 papers and he has sponsored the research of 52 graduate
In 1990 he was elected President of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science, the largest scientific organization
in the U.S. He is a member of the National Academy of Science;
and he has received numerous awards, including the National Medal
of Science (1965), the Elliot Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute
(1976), the Wolf Prize in Physics (1982), the Nobel Prize in Physics
(1988) and the Enrico Fermi Prize given by President Clinton in
1993. He served as a founding member of the High Energy Physics
Advisory Panel of the United States Department of Energy and the
International Committee for Future Accelerators. Lederman serves
on the Board of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, the
Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the Council of American Science
Writers, the Weizmann Institute in Israel and the University Research
Association Board. Lederman has received honorary degrees and
memberships in over 30 institutions, including those in England,
Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Italy, Israel, Finland and Russia .
Donald N. Frey
Industrial Business Leader
Donald N. Frey was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1923. After
a boyhood in Iowa, he entered engineering school at Michigan State
College in 1940. World War II then intervened and during the years
of 1942-1946, Donald Frey served as an officer in the United States
Army. He then re-entered engineering school, this time at the
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he completed his Ph.D.
in Metallurgical Engineering in 1949 while maintaining an Assistant
Frey's career in the world of international business began at
the FORD MOTOR COMPANY in 1950. He became Vice-President and Chief
Engineer at Ford in 1964. Dr. Frey was responsible for many industrial
innovations. In 1965 he was project manager for what would become
the icon vehicle of an era, the original Ford Mustang. He then
resigned in 1968 to become the president of the GENERAL CABLE
COMPANY. He then actively directed himself to environmental issues
in 1970 by establishing new methods of copper recovery for the
recycling industry using a tolling principle. In 1971, Don Frey
was appointed President and CEO of the BELL & HOWELL COMPANY.
In 1975, while at Bell & Howell and as a Director of Twentieth
Century Fox Corp., he was responsible for the first high-volume
integrated manufacture of video cassettes for the Hollywood movie
industry. And ten years later, in 1985, Bell & Howell produced
the first successful CD-Rom based information system initially
for General Motors dealer service operations.
N. Frey retired from industry in 1988. He then channeled his industrial
experiences into academia by accepting a Professorship in Industrial
Engineering and Management Sciences (IE/MS) at NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'S
McCormick School of Engineering on the Evanston, IL campus. His
career continues at Northwestern, now in its 15th year, where
he is a lecturer and a supervisor of Ph.D. students –16,
at the current count. His guest lecturing requests are as plentiful
and widely diversified as is his wealth of knowledge and expertise.
Frey is married to opera soprano, Helen-Kay Eberley, the father
of six children, and a proud grandfather of thirteen.
ISS Cherry Blossom Princess, Medical Doctor, Journalist, Humanitarian
Khanna was raised in the Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park until
1979 when her family moved to Arlington Heights. she attended
Arlington High School and was graduated with top honors in 1983.
She matriculated to Northwestern University and was graduated
from its Medill School of Journalism. She then entered
the University of Illinois College of Medicine from which she
was graduated in 1991. She did her residency training in
3 areas: Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public
Health, and Occupational Medicine.
served as Medical Director of San Bernardino County and Riverside
County, of southern California until 2003 when she combined her
journalism education with her medical career and became a medical
broadcaster. She served as Medical Reporter for CBS Channel
2 in Palm Springs, California and is currently serving as Medical
Correspondent for CBS’ Channel 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Khanna has also been active on several disaster response teams
since 1999 which resulted in several deployments, including serving
at the medical clinics at Ground Zero immediately following the
catastrophic events of September 11,. Most recently, Dr.
Khanna has just returned from Sri Lanka where she was reporting
on the medical crisis in the aftermath of the tsunami.
addition to these many accomplishments, Mona Khanna was also the
Illinois State Society’s Cherry Blossom Princes in 1988.