The winner of the 2017 Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence will be announced on April 26, 2017 at the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Spring Awards Dinner. The annual event, which will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, raises crucial funds for Lend-A-Hand and is its largest fundraiser of the year.
Guests of honor will include Hon. Thomas L. Hogan (ret.); Terry Murphy, the Executive Director of the Chicago Bar Association; and Chicago lawyer Kevin J. Conway.
Honorary Co-Chair will be Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Cook Co. Circuit Court with J. Timothy Eaton serving as Host.
The event will celebrate Lawyers Lend-A-Hand’s new tutoring program at the CBA, which provides free one-to-one tutoring to students from the Englewood community using volunteers from Chicago’s legal community.
Highlights of the evening will include honoring Judge Hogan and Mr. Murphy with the Marovitz Philanthropic Award as well as the presentation of the Thomas A. Demetrio Award, which is funded by and named in honor of Thomas Demetrio, President and Co-founder of Corboy & Demetrio, and is given annually to tutoring and mentoring programs that impact the lives of underprivileged youth.
Background on Thomas Demetrio and Lawyers Lend-A-Hand
In 1992, the Lend-A-Hand Award of Excellence was created by Thomas A. Demetrio while he was President of the Chicago Bar Association(CBA), with a desire to impact the lives of Chicago’s underprivileged children by recognizing the efforts of exceptional tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago communities. From this Award was born the Lend-A-Hand Program. The Chicago Bar Foundation(CBF), with the leadership of the CBA, initiated the Lend-A-Hand Program in 1995, and it has continued to evolve ever since.
The CBA and CBF created the Lend-A-Hand program in dedication to the lasting memory and generosity of the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, Judge "Abe."
Thomas Demetrio is a Life Fellow of the Chicago Bar Foundation and served on its Board of Directors from 1994 to 1996. He has served on the Lend-A-Hand Advisory Board since 1994.