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Daily Herald's Doug Ray to be honored at King dinner

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Submitted by the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations

Jill Blanchard, president and CEO for the SPAR Group Inc., an international marketing firm, and chairwoman of the 13th annual Dr. King Remembrance and Celebration Dinner, welcomes and praises the involvement of a number of local government and business leaders in planning the event.

Included in this effort are former village President Arlene Mulder of Arlington Heights, former mayor of Mount Prospect Gerald "Skip" Farley, Mayor Arlene Juracek of Mount Prospect, Mayor Nick Helmer of Prospect Heights, Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod, Dawn Fletcher Collins, executive director of the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, and John Eilering, president of the Mount Prospect State Bank.

Mulder, Farley, McLeod and Eilering have chaired the annual event over the years and have worked diligently in its expansion.

Next year's dinner, to be held at the Northwest Chicago Marriott Hotel on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, will celebrate and remember the 85th birthday and contributions of the late Dr. King.

Doug Ray, publisher of the Daily Herald, will be honored for his more than 40 years of leadership in the business community. The dinner will be attended by more than 400 community and business leaders and residents.

Blanchard encourages representatives of various suburban communities to join these government and business leaders in thanking Doug Ray for his many contributions to the community and celebrating the life and work of Dr. King.

Tickets are $55 and can be secured by calling (630) 771-1707 or emailing a request to They are also available online at

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