Landmark Illinois is a non profit organization that advocates on preservation of landmarks will honor and present Leslie Hindman, John W. McCarter and Target with Landmark status. The awards will be given at Landmarks Illinois’ seventh annual Legendary Landmarks Celebration on Thursday, March 7 at the Four Seasons Chicago – 120 East Delaware Place.
Ms. Hindman a recognized name in Chicago is the founder of Leslie Hindman auctioneers and has grown the company to reputable status over the 3 decades it’s been in existence. Prior to the award ceremony on March 7, we had a chance to speak with Ms. Hindman.
SLC: What does receiving this award mean to you?
LH: Its a huge honor considering the people are I am being honored alongside as well as pat honorees, they are all wonderful. I’ve attended the Landmark event many times before and it’s a great and respected organization. Past honorees of this award include: Father Jack Wall, art gallery owner Richard Gray, civic leader John Bryan, Major League Hall of Fame baseball player Ernie Banks, banker and philanthropist Norman Bobins and his wife Virginia, award-winning actor, director, writer and producer Harold Ramis, jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, photographer Victor Skrebneski, award winning architect John Vinci and Lois Weisberg.
SLC: How important is preservation of history to you?
LH: Preserving history is very important and furthermore because I work in Art auction. To me if a culture loses it’s history it is in trouble. Chicago is known for it’s great architecture and we must preserve it. If it’s not preserved it loses it’s charm and culture really.
SLC: You run a very busy auction house and also on several boards, how do you balance both?
LH: It’s all a matter of balancing, once I’m committed to something and it’s a part of my life I have to manage my time around it. Things I am involved in all matter to me and so balance is everything.
The other honorees are John W. McCarter-President Emeritus of the Field Museum of Natural History and Target Corporation who boldly branded and respectfully restored first two floors of the Sullivan Center, a treasured landmark, to its former glory as a retail icon along State Street.
The cocktail and dinner party begins at 6:00 PM followed by dinner, live auction and awards ceremony at 7:00 PM in the Ballroom. The Chicago Sun-Times’ Bill Zwecker will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The event Co-Chairs are Joseph Antunovich and Janet Rotner. Celebration committee includes Madeline Gelis, Shelley Gorson and Karen Prieur.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Grant Fund which has made over 80 grants that provide essential assistance for the revitalization of historically and architecturally significant properties. This investment, in turn, encourages economic growth, creates jobs, promotes tourism, and safeguards a sense of place, identity and quality of life for generations to come.
Tickets are $500/person and may be purchased by calling PJH & Associates 312.553.2000 or online at www.pjhchicago.com/Landmarks.
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