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Molly Lindberg of Hinsdale, founder and artistic director of Spirito! Singers, will be honored at the Elmhurst Centre for the Performing Arts’ fourth annual Spotlight Gala Nov. 9.

Lindberg founded Spirito! in spring 2008 with an ensemble of 50 high school treble singers. Her passion for choral music and her love of working with singers of all ages has expanded Spirito into five rehearsal ensembles and more than 240 singers yearly.

Proceeds from the gala will help support a state-of-the-art venue for theater, dance and comedy in the Elmhurst City Centre.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Elmhurst community at this year’s ECPA Gala event,” Lindberg said. “ECPA is a grassroots initiative, supported by people who believe in the value of the arts, and accessibility for all. Having built Spirito! from the ground up, I recognize the magnitude of the effort ECPA has undertaken and applaud them for their dedication to make a performing arts center a reality.”

STUDENTS OF THE quarter named

Hinsdale Central recently recognized 12 young men and women who were named Student of the Quarter by the school’s various departments based on their leadership, kindness and skills as role models.

Those who received the recognition are Tahira Syed (art), Demetrius Karris (business), Leslie Enriquez (English), Kristin Mertz (FACS), David Gust (mathematics), Athena Deng (music), Jackson Steigbigel (physical education), Matthew Lue (science), Tess Klygis (social studies), McKeegan Curran-Seijo (technology education), Jui Khankari (world languages) and Mohammad Ahmadi (school service leader).


benefits hospital

The Edward Foundation raised $940,000 at its 29th annual gala, The Big Gig: 1001 Nights, on Sept. 28 at the Westin Lombard.

Almost 700 people attended the event, which is the foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. A portion of the funds raised this year will be used to purchase a new $2.7 million PET CT scanner to replace the current scanner which has been in operation at the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville since 2005. A PET CT scan is one method doctors use to find cancer and determine its stage.

The foundation was established in 1990 and has raised more than $52.5 million to support Edward Hospital’s community healthcare initiatives, invest in the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technology, recruit world-class medical professionals and deliver the highest quality care to almost 1.7 million patients in its service area.

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State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-47, Elmhurst) received the Friend of Infrastructure award earlier this month from the Transportation for Illinois Coalition.

Jennifer Morrison, managing director for the TFIC, presented the award at an Oct. 8 ceremony held at the Westmont train station.

“The members of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition are grateful for the leadership of Rep. Mazzochi and many of her colleagues,” Morrison said. “With the passage of this plan to provide sustainable and stable investment in our roads and bridges, transit and rail systems and our airports, Illinois policy makers provided taxpayers with a clear and forward-thinking plan to make improvements for safer, more comfortable commutes and an improved economy. This sets Illinois on a solid path to a better future.”

During the ceremony, Mazzochi thanked the TFIC for acknowledging her policy work on transportation issues, and reiterated the importance of a solid infrastructure plan to a thriving local and regional economy.

“Correctly-done capital investments can support thousands of Illinois jobs and spark much needed economic growth,” she said. “Illinois road and rail agencies have secured over a billion dollars in future capital funding. Now we need to ensure that those agencies actually deliver improved facilities and services, whether better parking, added safety or avoiding train delays to improve our residents’ transportation needs.”

Club RAISEs funds FOR nonprofit

The members of the Hispanic Student Association/Spanish Club from Hinsdale Central recently raised $300 to benefit artists, partners and programs supported by the Pulsera Project.

The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization that educates, empowers and connects Central American artists with students from more than 2,800 U.S. schools through the sale of colorful handwoven bracelets or “pulseras” in Spanish. In addition, it provides schools with access to art and a compelling cultural education, while also employing almost 200 artists and using the money it receives to create lasting change in Central American communities.

Bianca Holland is the club’s faculty sponsor.


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