Lung Association to Honor Youth Engagement Organization for Tobacco Control Efforts at Awards Reception
(August 13, 2015)
This evening, the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago will present their annual Impact Awards to three recipients at a reception at Holland & Knight’s Chicago law office (131 S Dearborn St) at 5:30 p.m.
The Impact Awards honors companies, individuals and fundraisers that go above and beyond the norm to support and impact the work of the Lung Association. The 2015 Impact Awards honorees include:
- buildOn: buildOn’s Service Learning Program develops a deep culture of service within Chicago schools to increase civic and academic engagement among youth. For the past two years, the Lung Association partnered with more than 20 high-school students from buildOn, focusing on tobacco control service projects under the Chicago Health Department Grant. The students played a pivotal role in advocating for a smokefree parks policy which the Chicago Park District passed last year and went into effect immediately.
- Team Fitt-Rx: For years, Team Fitt-Rx has been a strong supporter of the Lung Association Fight for Air Ride, a three-day 150 mile bike ride. The team is led by team captains (and husband and wife), Ken Wake and Jen Knuth. They own Fitt-Rx, a popular gym in Elmhurst and are dedicated to personal health and well-being. This year, they challenged themselves to be the #1 fundraising team at the Fight for Air Ride and succeeded with 17 members and more than $15,000 raised. As the Ride celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year, Team Fitt-Rx celebrated their own 30th milestone. In total since the team was created, they’ve raised more than $30,000 in support of the American Lung Association.
- Outerwall, Inc.: Outerwall is a tenant of the Oakbrook Terrace Tower, the site of the Lung Association of the Fight for Air Climb in Oakbrook Terrace. For years, Outerwall has a team that participates in the Climb. Fred Stein, Team Outerwall’s top fundraiser, lost half his lung to a rare lung disease 10 years ago and was a large part of the team’s success, personally raising $9,000. In total, under the guidance of fellow Lung Association Local Leadership Board member, Jeff Kist, their support skyrocketed from $2,000 in 2014 to more than $20,000 in 2015.
About the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
Our mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.LungIL.org.