Our greatest asset has always been the dedication of our exceptional people. Maintaining a vibrant community has a lot of moving pieces, and the Piper recognition award highlights just some of the pieces that complete the Berwyn puzzle. Annually we honor those who have made a special contribution to the City of Berwyn over the years. Join us as we give special thanks to this year’s business champion, 34th Annual Charles E. Piper Award Winner Ann Mackin.
Recipients will be honored at the BDC Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at Wire located at 6815 W Roosevelt Rd in Berwyn, IL and will feature small bites and drinks.
Ann has been a resident of Berwyn since 1951 and has made a great impact on the community through her efforts. One of her most noteworthy accomplishments was leading the establishment of the North Berwyn Park District as an organization that provides recreation and leisure services to the community in 1976. She began serving as Board Secretary while continuing to raise three daughters and was elected to the first Board of Commissioners in 1977, serving continuously as Commissioner since that time. As the founding member of the North Berwyn Park District, Ann has served proudly for 41 years and has held the title of President for the past 12 years.
Over the years, the North Berwyn Park District has provided logistical support of events throughout the Berwyn community such as Berwyn’s Oktoberfest, Taste of Cermak Road, Cinco de Mayo Fest, Roosevelt Road Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl and Groovin’ on Grove. Additionally, the park district has made a significant direct impact on the business community through the development and initiation of community-based events that attract thousands of visitors to the city of Berwyn over the years. Some of those programs include: ”Think Green”, a city-wide clean up that serves as an opportunity to bring over 400 residents and businesses together to promote a campaign dedicated to the environmental health of our planet; Nuestra Raices Back to School Fiesta; “Best of Berwyn”, the annual recognition of the top 8th grade students in the city of Berwyn; and the Corrida del Mariachi 5K Run, Berwyn’s first CARA-certified 5k run that attracted over 700 runners and over 2,000 spectators in its inaugural year alone.
Aside from her work with the North Berwyn Park District, Ann has volunteered for the United Way for many years. Additionally, she is a parishioner of St. Mary of Celle Church and keeps busy by taking trips with Club 55 and taking in sporting events with her seven grandchildren. Ann is an active member with the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association and the National Parks and Recreation Association. She is currently the longest-serving park district board member in the state of Illinois and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association.
BDC Board President Andy Sotiropoulos stated, “Ann’s personal service and commitment to the community is one of great note. It is our honor to celebrate Ann’s accomplishments with the Charles E. Piper Award. Congratulations!”