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Heart of Buffalo Grove awards presented at gala

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  • Jane Sherlock of Buffalo Grove talks with her husband, Dan, about the activities which led to her being honored with the Senior Volunteer Award at the Heart of Buffalo Grove Awards Gala on Saturday.

       Jane Sherlock of Buffalo Grove talks with her husband, Dan, about the activities which led to her being honored with the Senior Volunteer Award at the Heart of Buffalo Grove Awards Gala on Saturday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Alex Randell, 11, of Buffalo Grove shares a moment with his 16-year-old brother. Alex was given the Youth Volunteer Award at the Heart of Buffalo Grove Awards Gala on Saturday for his work trying to get government funding and helping his older brother who has a rare neurological disease.

       Alex Randell, 11, of Buffalo Grove shares a moment with his 16-year-old brother. Alex was given the Youth Volunteer Award at the Heart of Buffalo Grove Awards Gala on Saturday for his work trying to get government funding and helping his older brother who has a rare neurological disease.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
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Heart of Buffalo Grove awards were presented to winners Saturday night at a gala at the Arboretum Club.

The Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsor Buffalo Grove Bank & Trust announced the winners in advance of the event.

The winners were:

• Above & Beyond Award/Continued Community Involvement: Steve Rusin, firefighter/paramedic, is a volunteer of the Pink Heals Campaign.

• Above & Beyond Award/Heroism: Brothers Ken and Daniel Hechtman rescued people from burning vehicles on the Edens Expressway while driving home from their Skokie restaurant April 21.

• Business Philanthropy Award: Dave Becker, owner of Wheeling Auto Center in Arlington Heights, who among other causes, raises money for the National MS Society and runs an art contest for seven local schools.

• Community Volunteer Award: Mike Brown, among other causes, assists his neighbors by providing companionship to shut-ins and helping with repairs and projects inside and outside their homes.

• Senior Volunteer Award: Jane Sherlock, among other causes, has organized the collection of several thousand cellphones for homeless and domestic abuse victims.

• Teach & Inspire Award: Andrew Conneen, a teacher at Stevenson High School, for nine years lobbied to get the "Suffrage at 17" law passed, allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 by the time of the general election. It takes effect on Jan. 1.

• Together We Can: The BG Days Committee is a group composed of nearly 60 Buffalo Grove residents and business people who volunteer their time to run the village's biggest event -- BG Days.

• Youth Volunteer Award: Alex Randell is a fifth-grader whose older brother has a rare neurological disease. Alex went to Bethesda, Md., to tell his brother's story and plead for government funding.

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