Keynote speaker Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff, explained the work he does in that role, sharing his struggle to find better ways to address the problems faced by inmates and others. He commended Trinity for its partnership with organizations that provide hope and resources to those in need in the Chicagoland area.
Four other presenters explained Trinity’s connections with urban organizations such as Circle Urban Ministries, Restoration Ministries, By the Hand Club for Kids, and Roseland Christian Ministries.
The evening opened with a silent auction and included classic Chicago treats, a dinner, and music by Trinity’s Gospel Choir.
President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D., introduced the recipients of the Community Service Award and Global Service Award: Bud and the late Donna Ipema and Peter ’82 and Yvette ’85 Madany.
The Ipemas received the Community Service Award for their commitment to developing and serving communities. During the couple’s long association with the College, Bud founded and led numerous community organizations, while Donna reached out through her work of training nurses at various institutions, culminating as director of Trinity’s nursing department.
The Global Service Award was presented to the Madanys. They have lived on both coasts of the United States as well as in China. Peter has served through his work in computer science research and design, while Yvette has led tours of her native Shanghai and written a tour guide, the proceeds of that work providing financial support to migrant school children in Shanghai.
At the close of the evening, Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations, invited attendees to support the students and the College through a gift to the Trinity Fund. Everyone then joined in singing the Doxology to end a truly jubilant event.