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Edgewater Chamber To Honor Loyola’s Fr. Garanzini and EHS’s Bob Remer


Father Michael Garanzini, Photo: Loyola U.

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is involved in numerous activities around the community and is now gearing up for the annual Sweetheart Mixer to be held on Thursday, February 18 at Francesca’s Bryn Mawr from 5:30 to 8 PM. This may not be a typical social gathering but rather is an opportunity to honor individuals who have enhanced and promoted Edgewater in a variety of ways. “The Pride of Edgewater Award,” says Ally Brisbin, Marketing and Events Manager of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, “is generally given to a more high profile figure, sometimes an elected official. This year the award is given to Father Michael Garanzini who served as the president of Loyola University Chicago from about 2001 to 2015.”

The Chamber’s press release says, “In Garanzini’s time as President of Loyola University Chicago, Edgewater has seen marked improvements to the neighborhood. The Chamber is proud to present this award to Father Garanzini in recognition of his accomplishments, including: $200 million in capital investments in Edgewater, including the Sovereign Apartments and the Institute for Environmental Sustainability; Supporting a vote-dry district on Granville Avenue in response to delinquent businesses; Expanding university police jurisdiction to Granville Avenue to increase public safety; and the development of the St. Ignatius Community Plaza which added almost 40,000 sq. ft. of public green space on Kenmore Avenue.”


Bob Remer

The Sweetheart of Edgewater Award is given to an individual whose work has made a significant contribution to the Edgewater community. This year’s Sweetheart of Edgewater award winner is Bob Remer of the Edgewater Historical Society. From the press release: “Remer is a long-standing member of the community who has given back in a number of ways. In 1980 when Remer was president of the Edgewater Community Council, he led the charge that won Edgewater’s recognition as an official community area. Remer has also served as 48th Ward Democratic Committeeman and is currently the Edgewater Historical Society President.”

Ally Brisbin explained that “The award winners are chosen by the Chamber’s board, although if an individual wanted to nominate someone, they also could do that.”

The mixer is a time for the awardees to be honored by the Edgewater Chamber’s board, members of the business community, political figures and members of the public who may wish to attend. For more information, contact the Chamber at (773)561-6000 or purchase tickets at http://2016sweetheart.bpt.me.

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