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Inspiring Success
On November 13, 2014, the Oakton community gathered at the Hilton Chicago Northbrook to celebrate Oakton’s scholarship sponsors and recipients. The evening also honored the generous businesses, organizations, and individuals who enabled the Foundation to award more than $595,000 in scholarships to 322 students this year.

Guests at the 2014 Donor Recognition Banquet experienced a new format for the evening, and the highlight of the event were the donor and student videos (below). They provide a snapshot of the notable work the Oakton community is able to accomplish when it comes together to create change and inspire success.

Donor Video

Student Video

Outtakes

 

Howard Singer at 2014 Donor Banquet

Educational Foundation President Howard Singer

 

Alumni at 2014 Donor Banquet

Standing from left: Joanne Masri, Doreen Schwartz (Alumni Council), Alek Jablonski (Alumni Council), Maria Lazanyi (Alumni Council)
Seated from left: Lien Luu, Donna Khuu (Alumni Endowed Scholarship), Anna Garcia (Alumni Endowed Scholarship), Eufemio Garcia

Boone at 2014 Donor Banquet

From left: Susan Boone, Yana Vorontsova (The Seabury Scholarship), Bob Boone, Frances Zeddies, Paulina Nowak

Chulay with President Lee at 2014 Donor Banquet

From left: Irma Chulay, Margaret Lee (Oakton President), Frank Chulay

Fisher at 2014 Donor Banquet

Standing from left: Deyanira Arechar (Fisher Family Psychology Scholarship), Lee Nguyen
Seated from left: June Fisher, Donald Fisher (Foundation Director)

Hartstein Family at 2014 Donor Banquet

From left: Barry Hartstein, Sandi Hartstein, Ellen Kaufman, Rhea Hartstein, Judy Hartstein, Elliott Hartstein

Henrikson at 2014 Donor Banquet

Standing from left: Tim Kis, Laura Arieli (Arthur A. Henrikson Scholarship Endowment)
Seated from left: Diane Russell, Jan Henrikson, Michele Kovalcik

 

Jost with President Lee at 2014 Donor Banquet

From left: Pam Jost, Pat Jost, Peg Lee (Oakton President), William Dixon (Christopher Jost Memorial Scholarship), Cassie Evett

Keno at 2014 Recognition Banquet

From left: Lynn Gerber Spiers, Daria Coday (Michael Spiers Memorial Scholarship), Blanche Keno

 

Morton Grove at 2014 Donor Banquet

From left: Nancy Liston, Phyllis Cossarek, Nida Iqbal (Morton Grove Women’s Club Scholarship)

 

2014 Donor Banquet

Standing from left: Justin Koo (Irving and Sylvia Footlik Foundation Scholarship), Theresa Bashiri-Remetio (Trustee and Keynote Speaker), Anita Magpantay (Keynote Speaker Guest), Cindy Rawlings (Foundation Director), Danilo DeVita (Sylvia Footlik STEM Scholarship
Seated from left: Sylvia Footlik (Foundation Director), Janice Footlik, Margaret Lee (Oakton President), Joan Hall, Elizabeth Juern (Excellence Scholarship), Shawn Quinn

 

2014 Donor Banquet

Standing from left: Gwendolyn Wilson, Afiniti Clifton-Kimmons (Joyce Properties Scholarship), Joan Richards (Foundation Director), Michael Carr (Oakton Administrator), Brian Simek, Hal Sider
Seated from left: Kimberly Baransky (Annette Dewett Nursing Scholarship), Mark Smith, Holly Sider Smith, Karen Sider

 

2014 Donor Banquet

Standing from left: Michael Drummer, Janet Wasilewski (Mary and Philip Simonsen Scholarship), Mary Grace Wasilewski, Samantha Read (Dr. Michael S. Maling Scholarship), Jeannine Woerz, Luanne Olson (Oakton Faculty)
Seated from left: Benjamin Kusel (Singer Family Scholarship), Howard Singer (Foundation President), Alisa Singer, Patrick Scintele (Brian Heath Teper Scholarship)

 

2014 Donor Banquet

From left: Bruce Weiss, Melinda Steffey, Lauren Cho (Barbara H. Steffeyand Sandra M. Weiss Memorial Scholarship), Maurice Weiss

 

2014 Donor Banquet

Standing from left: Joianne Smith (Oakton Administrator), David Decoursey James, Justin Koo (Irving and Sylvia Footlik Foundation Scholarship), Danny Alferes (Sylvia Footlik STEM Scholarship), Bartek Krupa, Ron Spaulding
Seated from left: Maurionna Minor, Lila Tankus, Harry Tankus (Foundation Director), Corinne Spaulding

2014 Donor Banquet Keynot Speaker Theresa Bashiri-Remetio

Keynote Speaker Theresa Bashiri-Remetio, Oakton Trustee and Alumna '09

 

2014 Donor Banquet

Standing (left to right): Jeff McNear, Nicholas Napravnik (Excellence Scholarship), Craig Napravnik, Joan DiLeonardi (Oakton Trustee), Martin Mercer (Michael J. Wall Scholarship), Alexander Anagnostopoulos (Excellence Scholarship)
Seated (left to right): Jody Wadhwa (Oakton Trustee), Florence Wadhwa, Patricia Harada (Oakton Trustee)

 

Wentcher Recpients with President Lee at 2014 Donor Banquet

From left: Catherine Cangelosi (Ernest C. Wentcher Educational Foundation Scholarship), James Payne (Ernest C. Wentcher Educational Foundation Scholarship), Peg Lee (Oakton President), Lauren Skolak (Ernest C. Wentcher Educational Foundation Scholarship), Clint Summerfelt (Ernest C. Wentcher Educational Foundation Scholarship)

Bob Whitman at 2014 Donor Recognition Banquet

From left: Jiena Laine Nesbitt (Marjorie Whitman Scholarship), Robert L. Whitman

 

Bob Whitman at 2014 Donor Recognition Banquet

From left: Paulina Nowak, Joshua Acocella (Bob and Marge Whitman Technical Scholarship), Robert L. Whitman

 

President Lee at 2014 Donor Banquet

Oakton President Margaret Lee

Student Profile

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Having triumphed in the face of adversity, Marie Fleurima paves a way toward a brighter future.