• Blain Gilbertson to keynote YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon

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    April 02, 2019
    Jane Blain Gilbertson, president, CEO, and sole owner of 41 Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores, will be the featured speaker at the 36th Annual Leader Luncheon Awards to be held at The Seville in Streamwood on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:00 am. The Leader Luncheon is attended by hundreds of community leaders, businesses and volunteers as eight women in distinctive categories will be recognized for their leadership. 

    Call the YWCA Elgin at 847-742-7930 or visit ywcaelgin.ywca.org/LL19 for more information, to purchase tickets, or become a sponsor of this prestigious event. 

    “Our YWCA Leader Luncheon continues to be a highly recognized and time-honored community event and tradition to acknowledge women from Elgin and the surrounding communities,” said Rebecca Hardekopf, this year’s Leader Luncheon chair. “We are honored to welcome Jane Blain Gilbertson, who is an inspirational business leader and member of our own community with a successful store located right in Elgin.”

    Blain Gilbertson leads stores located throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan and Blain Supply, Inc., headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin. The family owned companies were founded in 1955 and currently employ 4,400 associates. 

    Her recognitions include: Janesville Gazette’s “50 Who Matter”, 2005; Forward Janesville’s
    “Athena” award recipient, 2006; Craig High School Graduates’ Honor Wall of Fame, 2006; YWCA of Rock County’s Woman of Distinction Award recipient, 2007; Forward Janesville’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient 2017; Rock County Historical Society Phoenix Award, 2017.

    An important aspect of the annual Leader Luncheon is recognition given to women community and business leaders. The following women have been nominated by their colleagues and peers:

    Margaret Hillis Award for the Arts: Jane Erlandson, Madeline Franklin and Ursula Borodzinska.

    Beatrice Dorsey Award for Business & Professions: Aimee Novelli, Mary Martini and Mary Pierce.

    Marguerite Henry Award for Communications & Technology: Margarita Mendoza and Natalie Kiburg.

    Harriet Gifford & Hattie Griffin Award for Education: Abigail Bailey, PhD., Andrea Gaitan-Bustos and Dr. Ushma Shah.

    Myrtle Spiegler Gerberding Award for Public Service: Sgt. Katy Potts and Kim Wascher.

    Betty Brown Award for Racial Justice: Paola Velasquez.

    Marie Grolich Award for Social Services: Lea Conrad and Mary Jo Imperato.

    Marjorie Leonard Award for Volunteer & Community Service: Carri Laird, Patty Aroyo, Nancy Gerner and Wendy Covich.

    Call the YWCA Elgin at 847-742-7930 or visit ywcaelgin.ywca.org/LL19 for more information, to purchase tickets, or become a sponsor of this prestigious event. 
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