United Way of Metro Chicago Honors Patrick G. Ryan and Peoples Gas

Annual Stronger Neighborhoods Awards Luncheon recognizes the region’s most philanthropic leaders

Chicago, Ill. – June 21, 2023 – United Way of Metro Chicago hosted the 2023 Stronger Neighborhoods Awards Luncheon in celebration of the commitment of business, civic, nonprofit and community leaders working alongside United Way to build a stronger, more equitable Chicago region.

At today’s annual luncheon event at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, United Way raised more than $1.2 million to support their vision of creating communities where all people can thrive. By uniting changemakers across industries, United Way works to ensure that businesses, government, nonprofits, and community leaders are coming together to address the Chicago region’s most pressing needs.

“Each year, our partners continue to show up and commit to investing in our neighborhoods so that every child, family, and individual can see the bright future ahead of them,” said United Way of Metro Chicago President and CEO Sean Garrett. “Dedicated civic leaders like Patrick G. Ryan, Peoples Gas and our many other generous partners embody what it means to think big and drive change together across the Chicago region.”

This year’s event honored two of the Chicago region’s most distinguished philanthropic leaders and their commitment to improving outcomes for people across our region. Patrick G. Ryan, founder, chairman and CEO of Ryan Specialty, received the 2023 Andrew J. McKenna Leadership Award in recognition of his commitment as an influential business and philanthropic leader whose selfless actions have encouraged others to step forward and improve the quality of life for countless individuals and families in the Chicago region.

Peoples Gas received the 2023 Corporate Leadership Award in recognition of their steadfast partnership with United Way and dedication to embodying a culture of giving back to the communities where Chicagoans live and work.

The event was co-chaired by John Canning, Greg Case, David Casper, Wendell Dallas, Jim Denny, Craig Duchossois, Robert Ford, Cheryl Francis, Teresa Wilton Harmon, Torrence Hinton, Travis Hunter, Timothy P. Knight, Randy Lyon, John Madigan, Carina Markel, Robert S. Murley, Dick & Peggy Notebaert, Michael O’Grady, Robert G. Reiter Jr., Chris Reyes, John W. Rogers, Scott Santi, Jennifer Scanlon, Scott Swanson and Rick Waddell.

Sponsors of the event include the Crown Family, Jim and Cate Denny, ITW, John W. Madigan, Peoples Gas, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan and Sidley Austin. To view a full list of sponsors and for more information about the event, visit LIVEUNITEDchicago.org/stronger-neighborhoods.


About United Way of Metro Chicago
United Way of Metro Chicago brings together businesses, government, philanthropic, individual, and community leaders to deliver funding and resources to and amplify the expertise of nonprofit organizations across greater Chicago. We help individuals meet their basic needs and work alongside neighborhood partners to address local priorities and create communities where all people can thrive. United, we are building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region. Learn more about United Way of Metro Chicago at LIVEUNITEDchicago.org.

Media Contact
United Way of Metro Chicago – Kris Adamik, 312.906.2291, kris.adamik@liveunitedchicago.org

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