Piper Award Dinner

31st Annual Charles E. Piper Award Winner is Nora Laureto

The Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) will host the 31st Annual Charles E. Piper Award Dinner honoring Nora Laureto on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The event – The Golden Age of Hollywood – will feature a classic Hollywood film theme with dueling pianos, a grand prize drawing and a silent auction fundraiser. Classic 1920s–1960s cocktail attire is highly encouraged as a photographer will be on site to capture the festivities. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed male and female. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Skylite West Banquets located at 7117 W Ogden Avenue in Berwyn, Illinois.

A lifelong resident of Berwyn, Nora Laureto has established deep roots within the community. She currently sits as the 8th Ward Alderman for the City of Berwyn, is the Vice President of the Board of Berwyn North School District 98 Educational Foundation and is a member of the Roosevelt Road Special Events Commission of the Berwyn Development Corporation, which organizes community events along Berwyn's northern border. For more information on all of Nora's efforts, read her press release.

A special thanks to our sponsors: North Berwyn Park District, The James Joyce Irish Pub, Big Hurt Brewhouse, MacNeal Hospital, Republic Bank of Chicago, Keystone Ventures, LLC, Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, Waste Management and Bern Realty, LLC.

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Contributing to our annual fundraiser

This event is a fundraiser that supports programming at the BDC. If you are interested in donating to our auction or sponsoring our event, please see our donation form.


About the Charles E. Piper Award

Each year the BDC presents the Charles E. Piper Award to an individual selected for recognition for their business achievements and community involvement. The BDC invites BDC members to recommend an individual that best exemplifies the spirit of Mr. Piper, one of Berwyn's first developers.

Charles Piper can be best described as resilient, visionary and dynamic. As one of the first settlers to the area, Mr. Piper's work began in the 1890's and allowed for the current day Berwyn. Against the odds and using his own private funds, he built the hub of Berwyn, the Berwyn Train Station; assisted with the high quality and stringent building standards which produced our City of Homes; and laid out a land plan which produced multiple business corridors and diversity for the city's tax base.


Past recipients
1985 Frank R. Kasper

2000 Lawrence D. Bell
1986 Robert L. Anderson, Jr.

2001 Stanley D. Loula
1987 Renato Turano

2002 Robert Jacklin, Sr.
1988 James W. Reilly

2003 Jon Fey
1989 Paul Dinolfo

2004 Randy Womack
1990 Thomas G. Shaughnessy

2005 Alba Lovero
1991 Jack R. Kubik

2006 Tom Benson
1992 Vlasta Sneberger

2007 Dorothy Chiero
1993 Edward A. Karasek

2008 William Hlavacek, Jr.
1994 Kenneth E. Cechura

2009 Scott Lennon
1995 Joseph J. Pav

2010 Michelle Bednarz
1996 George Lykouretzos

2011 Aimée Sordelli
1997 Richard Romani

2012 Robert J. Lovero
1998 William J. Hlavacek, Sr.
2013 Marlene Comella
1999 Roger C. Forcash 2014 Richard "Jousef" Mondragon
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