Friends of CSU Annual Award Gala

Once individuals learn about the tremendous work of the University, they become our friends, and our friends want to support our efforts, so they become our donors.  Similarly, the Foundation and the University considers everyone who helps fund our mission a friend of the University.

We are so appreciative of all of our donors, who are tremendous friends to the University.  We recognize our donors who give so generously throughout the year in several ways, one of which is the Annual Friends of Chicago State University Awards Gala.

Mrs. Van Meter and Ms. Foster, the honorees of the 18th Annual Friends of CSU Award Gala

This yearly celebration is a time for us to recognize all of our donors for their contributions and commitment to further the vision of the University, as a place where promise becomes power.

Each year, the Foundation selects one of our most distinguished and generous friends to honor at the Annual Friends of Chicago State University Awards Gala.

Past honorees include:

2012 - Stella Foster - Chicago Sun-Times

          Valerie Van Meter - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

           See photos from the 2012 Gala

2011 - Don Thompson - McDonald's Corporation

            See photos from the 2011 Gala

2010 - John H. Hooker, Jr. - ComEd, an Exelon Company

2009 - Lester H. McKeever - Washington, Pittman & McKeever

2008 - Randall Hampton - LaSalle Bank (now Bank of America)

2007 - Larry D. Richman - LaSalle Bank (now Bank of America)

2006 - William A. Osborn - Northern Trust

2005 - John W. Rowe - Exelon Corporation

2004 - Hon. Senator Emil Jones, Jr. - Illinois State Senate President

2003 - Jamie Dimon - Bank One (now JPMorgan Chase)

2002 - Rev. Dr. Kenneth B. Smith - Chicago Community Trust

2001 - Cordell Reed - ComEd, an Exelon Company

2000 - Jacoby D. Dickens - Seaway National Bank

1999 - David W. Fox - Northern Trust

1998 - Edgar D. Jannotta - William Blair & Company

            Joseph E. Jannotta - Right/Jannotta Bray

1997 - James J. O'Connor - Unicom & Commonwealth Edison

1996 - Richard Thomas - First Chicago NBD

1995 - Donald and Jane Perkins, Founders, Friends of CSU Program