McKinley Park Civic Association Vice President Sue Pletsch, right, announces the 2019 award winners alongside Secretary Chris Bania and President Agnes Bednarkiewicz at the January 2 association meeting.

Civic Association Announces 2019 Award Winners

Published January 3, 2019

The McKinley Park Civic Association announced the winners of its 2019 community awards, including for Educators of the Year and the William H.G. Toms Award, at the Wednesday, January 2, 2019, association meeting. Chosen from local educators and community leaders, the award winners will be feted at the association's annual banquet in March.

Jose Negrete was announced as the winner of the William H.G. Toms Community Service Award. Educators of the Year include Josefina Garcia of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Nicholas Colletti of the De La Salle Institute, Elizabeth Loerop from Evergreen Academy Middle School, Shelley Cordova of Nathanael Greene Elementary School, Nadine Filas at Thomas Kelly High School, and Betty Gorman at Namaste Charter School.

The association's annual banquet and fund-raiser takes place on March 3 at Polonia Banquets, with tickets for sale through February 21. Early bird tickets cost $25 per adult and $16 per child; after February 14, ticket prices rise to $28 per adult and $17 per child. Tickets can be purchased at the assocation's meeting on February 6 or by calling Sue Pletsch at 773-847-0261

The association's January meeting, held at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library, also included regular business, a membership and financial recap, and planning for the association banquet.

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