(CHICAGO, IL) – In recognition of a long-standing commitment to Chicagoland communities, the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is proud to honor the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and its President and Chief Executive Officer, David D. Hiller, with the Heritage Award.
The McCormick Foundation has a notable history of partnering with the Red Cross to improve lives and transform communities. For decades, the McCormick Foundation has honored the intent and value of its benefactor, Colonel Robert R. McCormick – a citizen soldier, crusading publisher and philanthropist who deeply cared for the city. In fact, Colonel McCormick himself was a supporter of the Red Cross, dating back to World War I.
Since then, the McCormick Foundation has time and again come to the aid of Chicagoans in need. In 2013 and again in 2015, when a series of tornadoes ripped through Illinois, ravaging homes and businesses, the Foundation stepped forward with grants of more than $2 million raised from community donations and Foundation financial matches to help hard-hit communities pick up the pieces and recover from the destructive storms.
“When disaster devastates communities, it is our mission to show people they are not alone and give them the help they need to move forward,” said Celena Roldán, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “The support of the McCormick Foundation played a critical role in allowing us to do just that.”
Last year, under the leadership of Hiller, the McCormick Foundation celebrated 60 years of fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. In recognition of its anniversary, the Foundation partnered with a number of Chicagoland non-profit organizations to build support for their causes in a forward-thinking manner. The special year-long initiative addressed the growing need to help children, adults and families of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods flourish and prosper.
Under Hiller’s leadership, the McCormick Foundation has also made significant investments to help improve early care and education for children in Illinois. This commitment has enabled Illinois to achieve significant milestones, including being one of the first states in the nation to design and pass legislation requiring principals at pre-kindergarten schools to have a pre-K to 12 principal certificate.
Hiller was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCormick Foundation in 2009. He is an engaged member of the community, serving on the boards of the Chicago History Museum, The Field Museum and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. He is also a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago.
The Heritage Award is given to an individual whose leadership and actions greatly enhanced the welfare of our community.
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is honoring local people who demonstrated acts of heroism in the community at the organization’s 14th annual Heroes Breakfast, Thursday, April 28 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. For more information: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/local/il/chicago/American-Red-Cross-Honors-Local-Heroes.
Written by: Deepa Sampat, Resource Development Manager, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois