Given annually by the IHC since 1984, the Public Humanities Award recognizes individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the civic and cultural life of the state through the humanities.
Join us in honoring David Herro and Jay Franke for their leadership roles that have enlivened Chicago’s cultural landscape and made artistic, intellectual, and civic opportunities available to the youth in our communities.
May 20, 2013
Palmer House Hilton
Grand & State Ballrooms
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago
Doors: 11 AM Lunch: Noon
Antonio and Sabrina Gracias
Alton Harris and Andrea Kramer
Lewis and Susan Manilow
Kerryann Haase Minton and Joseph Minton
About David and Jay
Together, Jay Franke and David Herro have played an instrumental role in the founding and growth of the Chicago Dance Festival. Since 2006, the festival has performed before more than 60,000 people, and is the only free festival of its kind in the nation.
We are inspired by their commitment to empowering the next generation of artists and leaders through their philanthropy and involvement in organizations such as After School Matters, The Chicago High School for the Arts (CHiArts), Dreams for Kids, and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation.
As we celebrate our 40th anniversary and look to the future, we honor Jay and David as being part of a progressive, exciting community of business leaders in Chicago who use the humanities to enrich and inform their entrepreneurial spirit.
Past honorees have come from many walks of life: academe, philanthropy, government, business, and cultural or educational institutions.
Recent recipients include: The Hon. Abner and Zoe Mikva; Mary Dempsey, Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library; and Barbara Gaines, founder and artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Carlos Tortolero, Founder of the Mexican Fine Arts Museum; Anne Roosevelt, Boeing Vice President, Community and Education Relations; John A. Wing, Chairman Emeritus of the Chicago Corporation; cultural icons Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill; and Lisa Lee, Director of the School of Art and Art History at UIC.
Become a sponsor of our 2014 Public Humanities Benefit Luncheon honoring David Herro and Jay Franke by completing the online registration form or by downloading, completing, and returning the paper form.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please call Monika Collins at 312.422.5584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All funds raised by this event help the IHC make opportunities available throughout Illinois for lifelong learning, civic reflection, and community enrichment.