There were so many highlight moments during the Tenth Congressional District Democrats Annual Awards Dinner it would be hard to pick out just one. Maybe it was the reading by the young authors of three touching and evocative pieces that were winners of our May Poetry Slam. Or maybe it was the display of genuine affection by friends and colleagues of retiring State Senator Susan Garrett. Perhaps it could have been Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s top ten list of things we should know about Amy Klobuchar. Or the delightful Minnesota Senator Klobuchar, herself, whose entertaining keynote speech had us laughing and applauding to the very end. This eighth edition of our annual celebration was an evening to remember.
Held on Sunday, September 18th, 2011, at the Highland Park Country Club, the event featured a silent auction that included an array of exciting items, the raffle of an iPad, a delicious pasta buffet, and the presentation of three annual Tenth Dems awards. Honorees were Adrienne Kirshbaum (Founders Award), Terry Blaurock (Volunteer of the Year Award), and Hon. Susan Garrett (Ab Mikva Political Courage Award). Hon. Abner Mikva, the last Democrat to represent the 10th District in Congress and himself an example of political courage, was proud to present the award that was named for him.
Many Democratic office holders and candidates were introduced, and the three men vying for the 10th Congressional District nomination spoke. Vivek Bavda, Brad Schneider, and Ilya Sheyman each took his turn on the podium to express his views to the crowd of over 200 attendees. Ravi Ganapathy, Tenth Dems photographer, took the wonderful pictures displayed on these pages. The wide smiles of the participants are evidence of the good time had by all at this outstanding event!
–Adrienne Kirshbaum, Tenth Dems