Children's Museum Honors Supporters
June 3, 2011
Congressman Dan Lipinski and Ron and Sue Rescigno recently were honored at the You Could Be Magic gala for their support of the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn.
In 2009, Lipinski helped the museum secure a $190,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to buy several exhibits.
Ron Rescigno has led the museum’s development committee, serves as one of the museum’s officers and has been instrumental in providing leadership from the museum’s inception, museum officials said.
Sue Rescigno served in 2008 and 2009 as chairwoman of the gala, which has raised a combined $80,000 between the two events. She also has been instrumental in the museum’s direct marketing campaigns over the years, museum officials said.
“Congressman Lipinski has always been a vocal advocate for the Children’s Museum,” said Adam Woodworth, the museum’s executive director. “His support has been vital in allowing the museum to deliver a quality, hands-on education environment for children and their families.”
Dan’s father, Bill Lipinski, was a museum supporter as well and was one of the first recipients of the museum’s distinguished Soaring Spirit award.
“Ron and Sue have been involved since the museum was merely an idea,” Woodworth said. “Both have played important roles over the years, and their expertise in both fundraising and running a business is one of the reasons that the museum has always been fiscally responsible and in a position of good financial health.”
The museum also honored three students for community service — Elizabeth Burnell, a senior at Valparaiso (Ind.) High School; and Bridget Regan and Sarah Dynia, both eighth-graders at St. Linus School in Oak Lawn.
Regan And Dynia created Stuffed Love, a program that gave 50 handstitched stuffed animals to residents of Bridgeview Health Care Center and stuffed hearts as valentines to local veterans.
“Bridget and Sarah’s project touch the hearts of so many people, and to be able to let a soldier know they are appreciated is a great way to give back to those who put their lives on the line for us daily,” Woodworth said.
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