On April 9, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering presented the 2014 Humanitarian Award to Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi. The award, established in 1996, is sponsored by the Highland Park Human Relations Commission.
Bassi was honored for her decades of public service both as a volunteer and as an elected official. She has championed affordable housing and wetlands preservation; chaired the League of Women Voters; served on the Human Services Task Force; and, as a member of the Lake County Board, was instrumental in securing a public health clinic to serve people in the southeast portion of the county. She also has held leadership positions on the Lake County Forest Preserve District and District 111 school board. Most recently, she recruited and obtained a grant to train more than 20 volunteers to assist the hundreds of people who came to the township office seeking help in obtaining health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Rotering praised Bassi’s enthusiasm, her can-do attitude and her ability to do more work than any mere mortal” and called her “a true treasure to our community,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
Accepting her award, Bassi remarked on the special nature of Highland Park as a community that honors, not only athletes and scholars, but also good citizens. For more information about the award and a list of past recipients, go to www.cityhpil.com/humanitarianaward.
Bassi nominated Sam Piro, one of 36 recipients of the 2014 Robert Barnard Character Counts Pillar Awards handed down the same evening. Piro established and, for the past eight years, has maintained Moraine Township’s pantry garden, which yields fresh produce to be made available to township residents in need of food support. Most of the other Character Counts awardees were students in Highland Park public schools who exemplify trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.