2010 Amicus Certus (‘True Friend’) Celebration Scrapbook

The 2010 Amicus Certus ("True Friend") Celebration was held Nov. 6 at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows. Highlighting the event was the presentation of the 2010 Amicus Certus Award to Ill. State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (12th District) for her lifelong service and dedication to the needs of children, as well as adopted persons. The award is given annually by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the human community.

An adopted person herself, Feigenholtz currently chairs the House Committee on Adoption Reform. The timing of the award presentation was especially meaningful, as November is National Adoption Month. Adoption -- an issue that she's been so involved with -- is "so personal and meaningful, all at once," she said.

The celebration was host to approximately 290 guests – many decked out in "hippie" garb in sync with this year's event theme of celebrating the '60s. They rocked out to the groovy music of Craig Colmar and the T-Byrdz.

The 2010 event raised more than $83,000 for LSSI's adoption and foster care services. As one of the largest providers of foster care services in the state, LSSI currently serves more than 2,100 foster children and their families. LSSI also offers infant, international and special needs adoptions (which includes adoptions of older children and sibling groups); pre- and post-adoptive services; and search and reunification services for adoptees.

Former Amicus Certus honorees include the late Paul Simon, U.S. Senator from Illinois; Rotary International; and Janet Reno, former U.S. Attorney General. In 2009, LSSI honored The Women's Network of LSSI for its long-term commitment to supporting the agency's mission and services. The 2011 Amicus Certus Celebration will be held on November 12 at The Meadows Club.

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Photos by Allen Bourgeois.