The Night Ministry honors individuals, corporations, and organizations who have
made significant contributions assisting individuals in Chicago struggling with
poverty, homelessness, abuse, loneliness, and neglect at their annual Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner & Auction every year.
2015 - we honored Gordon & Paula Addington (President’s Award), Windy City Times (Outstanding Community Partner Award), and Kristen Kelly and Anne de Mare of Spargel Productions (Outstanding Community Advocate Award). Laurie McCollum & Carl Warschausky, President & CEO at World Kitchen, and Beth & Chuck Boehrer, of Winston & Strawn, LLP chaired the event. Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist, was the emcee.
2014 - we honored Janine Landow –Esser (President’s Award), Winston & Strawn LLP (Outstanding Corporate Partner Award), and LakeView Lutheran Church (Outstanding Community Partner Award). Ken Perlmutter, Founder and President of PERL Mortgage, Inc chaired the event. Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist, was the emcee.
2013 - we honored Rotary Club of Chicago-Lakeview, volunteer, Willie Harris, and Peoples Gas. Frederick H. Waddell, Chairman and CEO of Northern Trust Corporation, chaired the event. Christian Farr, Reporter for NBC 5 News, was the emcee.
2012 - we honored Anne & Bill Goldstein, the Union Church of Hinsdale, and Bonnie Kepplinger for their outstanding service to The Night Ministry.
2011 - we honored The Night Ministry's first President, Reverend Thomas Behrens; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, who has supported us for 20 years; and dedicated Health Outreach Bus volunteer Reverend Charles (Sandy) Rex.
2010 - we honored Quarles & Brady LLP, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust (JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and James L. Alexander, Co-Trustees), and long-time shelter volunteer Jan Gross Rotter.
2009 - we honored Ellen & Paul Gignilliat, Fourth Presbyterian Church, and The Employees of the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel
2008 - we honored McCormick Foundation, Helen & Dick Thomas, and the Congregation of Anshe Emet.
2007 - we honored ComEd, An Exelon Company, First Slice, and long-time supporters, Chet Gougis & Shelly Ochab.
2006 – we awarded our Lamp Lighter Award to the Lead
Donors to our Capital
Campaign and volunteer, Matthew Sorenson.
2005 – we honored Kraft Foods, Kenilworth
Union Congregation, and volunteer, Jane Sanderson, with
our Lamp Lighter Award.
2004 – we recognized long-time supporters of
The Night Ministry Karen & Dick Pigott, Sara
Lee Foundation, and Elvina Moen with Lamp Lighter Awards.
2003 – we awarded our Lamp Lighter Award to Merisant, Makers of Equal
Sweetener, Philip McGuigan, a Trustee of the Francis
Asbury Palmer Fund, and
a family of volunteers, the Melzer Family.
2002 – we honored Peoples Energy Chairman, Richard Terry, DePaul
University President, John Minogue and volunteer, Mory
Sanberg, with our Lamp Lighter
2001 – we recognized The Chicago Stock Exchange and Robert
Ministry Board Member, with our Lamp Lighter Award.
2000 – we awarded Richard Notebaert, Northern
Trust, and The Greater Chicago
Food Depository with our Lamp Lighter Award for helping to “light up the night” with
their good works.
1998 – we honored Mr. Frederick Becker, President & CEO of the Marmon
Group, Inc. with our Luminary Award for his personal and corporate contributions to The
1997 - we recognized Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Thomson for their service & dedication.
1981 - we awarded Rev. Frederick Trost of St. Pauls United Church of Christ
in Chicago The Night
Ministry’s Service Award for his work in the church and community. Rev.
Trost was also one
of the pastors responsible for founding The Night Ministry.