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Posted on: April 4, 2017

2017 Character Counts Award and Humanitarian Award Recipients Announced

The City of Highland Park is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Character Counts and Humanitarian Awards. An awards ceremony will be held to honor all of the recipients on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 PM, in the Highland Park High School Auditorium, 433 Vine Ave.  

The 2017 Robert Barnard Character Counts Pillar Awards are given to individuals with beliefs, attitudes, and actions that exemplify the Six Pillars of Character including trustworthiness, integrity, honesty, reliability, loyalty and respect. These individuals are nominated by teachers, administrators, co-workers, and neighbors.  

The City of Highland Park, in collaboration with North Shore School District 112 and Highland Park High School, is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected to receive a 2017 Robert Barnard Character Counts Pillar Award: 

Abraham Winer, Asher Stern, Benjamin Mintzer, Brendan Michael, Briar Levin, Douglas Anderson, Ethan Renshaw, Faye Steinfink, Jake Seinfeld, Joshua Horwich, Kaikoura (Kai) Haggarty, Kayla Keats, Kiara Speek, Lucas Christopoulos, Mark Overby, Melanie Robles, Mia Evans, Mia Greenberg, Bernice Cohen, Rachel Lieberman, Nathan S. Kornberg, Peri Coskey, Riley Bates, Rosie Klayman, Sarah Miller, Victoria Le, Yeimi Aragon, and Zachary Deshur.  

The City of Highland Park 2017 Humanitarian Award recipient is James Styer. The City’s Human Relations Commission selected James for his outstanding service to the Highland Park community. James served as a senior member of the Highland Park Hospital Board of Directors. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park (HFHP), which has impacted tens of thousands of people in the community. The Foundation supports a broad base of health-related needs in the area by giving grant money to not-for-profits. Through his involvement in the HFHP, James has facilitated the establishment and growth of Friends for Health, Community-The Anti-Drug, the Highland Park/Highwood Legal Aid Clinic, and others. He has worked with the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation to provide naloxone for First Responders throughout Lake County to prevent fatal overdoses; supported family service programs; expanded senior care; supported sexual abuse healing; and much more. Each grant recipient provides solutions to an abundance of health concerns ranging from nutrition programs to suicide prevention, to housing for the homeless, to end-of-life care. Due to James' donation of time and energy in fundraising and overseeing investments, close to 60 organizations have received funds that total almost $100 million dollars. 

As a member of the Hospital Board, James also worked diligently to negotiate the merger of Highland Park and Evanston Hospitals, preserving excellent medical care for the Highland Park community. The Healthcare Foundation evolved as a result of James’ efforts during the merger, to ensure that money raised in Highland Park would stay in Highland Park. The Human Relations Commission is thrilled to honor James Styer as this year’s Highland Park Humanitarian.

For more information, please contact Laura Frey, staff liaison to the Human Relations Commission, at 847.432.4110 or by email at lfrey@cityhpil.com.
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