Candid Candace: Civic leaders honored at Landmarks gala

Landmarks Illinois celebrated its seventh and largest fundraiser at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on March 7, with more than 500 patrons in attendance. Leslie Hindman, John W. McCarter Jr. and Target Corp. were named "Legendary Landmarks."

"We are honored to recognize this year's honorees as they are among the great civic leaders of Chicago," said Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois. "Their work has left a lasting impression on the city's culture and heritage."

The evening began with remarks by emcee Bill Zwecker, who introduced Shelley Gorson, Landmarks Illinois chairman of the board. Gorson presented a short video that spotlighted the organization's preservation efforts. Since 1971, Landmarks Illinois has worked to save hundreds of historic landmarks that include Farnsworth House, the Chicago Athletic Association, Union Station, Tree Studios and Medinah Temple.

Chicago Loop Alliance President Marty Stern introduced Joan Ahrens, Target's real estate director. She accepted the corporate Legendary Landmark award on behalf of her company, which opened a store last year in architect Louis Sullivan's former Carson Pirie Scott & Co. building.

John H. Bryan, a 2007 Legendary Landmark honoree, introduced Hindman, of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers McCarter, Field Museum president emeritus, was introduced by philanthropist Kim White.

Past honorees also were brought on stage. They included Michael Kutza, John Vinci, Victor Skrebneski, Richard Gray, Bernie Sahlins, Jane Nicholl Sahlins, Richard Driehaus, John Bryan and Miles White.

Co-chaired by Joseph Antunovich and Janet Rotner, the event raised more than $525,000 to benefit the Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund, which provides assistance for the revitalization of historically and architecturally significant properties.

Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers

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