Boy Scouts Regional Council Celebrates Chicago Area Distinguished Citizens

Sep 13, 2011, 15:12 ET from Northwest Suburban Council

CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to youth leadership, the Boy Scouts of America have led the way for generations. This is no exception when it comes to the suburban Chicago area based Northwest Suburban Council (NWSC), Boy Scouts of America. Representing over 19,000 youth in 34 northwest suburban Chicago communities, the NWSC has worked towards shaping young men for the future, but recognizing leaders in the community is something high on the agenda.

On October 18, 2011, the NWSC will be bestowing their highest community based honor, The Distinguished Citizen Award.  This year's recipients list is a venerable who's who of Chicago area industry leaders.

"It is not just important for us to recognize leaders within our organization, but also in our community. The Northwest Suburban Council, Boy Scouts of America is a community based organization. We strive to shape and mold the future leaders of our nation. That very mold is cast on the heels of some of the amazing community leaders we have right here in the Chicago area," commented Dr. Neal Frankel, 2011 Distinguished Citizen Banquet Chairman.

2011 honorees:

Rick Jakle - Radio Station Owner (WRMN, WBIG and KSHP) and Hospital Administrator

Jeffery M. Leving - Internationally Celebrated Matrimonial and Family Law Attorney

Hon. Timothy O. Schneider - Cook County Commissioner

J'Marcus Webb - Starting Offensive Tackle, Chicago Bears

This year's event will feature a keynote address from Cisco Cotto, a Chicago news reporter, anchor and talk show host. "Windy City Live" host Valerie Warner will serve as this year's master of ceremonies.

Event sponsors Pepper Construction and Christopher Foltz & Company will be working to gain additional sponsors and donors in order to make the event a success, all to support over 19,000 youth and 3,500 adult volunteers.

"Although the event celebrates the leadership of the Scouts ages 7-21, it is an event for the families of the scouts and industry leaders in the many Chicago area communities the council serves. This is the main special event fundraiser for the entire year and I stand with council leadership asking for additional support and sponsorship from the community. The scouts do so much for society and this is our chance to give back to them," commented steering committee member and Christopher Foltz & Company President Chris Foltz. "I am not a scout myself, but I surely recognize the impact this great organization has on society as a whole," concluded Foltz.

The Distinguished Citizens Banquet will offer involvement opportunities from $150 up to $5,000. A business or individual can sponsor by purchasing a table, individual tickets, or sponsoring our program booklet. These are the events that make scouting possible for generations of youth to come. The NWSC is funded 100% from the local communities it serves.

For more information on sponsoring the event please visit or contact Kevan Robbins at 312-772-4865 or

SOURCE Northwest Suburban Council