NOV/DEC 2017
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The Pathway to Adventure Council hosted it’s ninth-annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Dinner on October 26 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago to honor five exemplary Chicagoans for their contributions to inner-city youth.

This year’s honorees were as follows:
  • Anne R. Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd
  • Darryl Dennard, CEO of Double D Productions, Inc. and Public Affairs Director and Host of iHeartRadio Chicago Urban Radio Station
  • Emil Jones Jr., Illinois Senate President from 2003-2009
  • James D. Montgomery, Sr., Managing Partner of JDM Law Offices, James D. Montgomery and Associates, Ltd.
  • Melody Spann-Cooper, Chairman of Midway Broadcasting Company

Support for this event has allowed us to dedicate special funding to provide a Scouting program in the inner city where family structure and economic conditions are deeply strained. The Whitney Dinner Executive Committee was successful in reaching its 2017 goals.

Over 220 people were in attendance. Council Remarks came from Council President Stephen Schwab, as well as recognition to the 2017 Whitney honorees and PTAC goals, all which can be found on the Council’s webpage. CEO Jeff Isaac spoke on Restoring the Village and the diversity of PTAC in terms of the youth, volunteers, board, and professional staff.

Eagle Scout Kyrie Agee gave an outstanding presentation on how Scouting has been a key factor in his life. Currently Kyrie is a freshman student at University of Illinois majoring in biology and minoring in computer science. He intends on serving his community by assisting disaster relief victims in their recovery efforts.

James W. Compton, Whitney M. Young Jr.’s nephew, gave a powerful speech on why Scouting is relevant today. Mr. Compton also captured how Whitney M. Young Jr. supported Scouting and historically the value of Scouting which has impacted the lives of many people of diverse backgrounds during times of change.

On behalf of the Pathway to Adventure Council and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Dinner Executive Committee, we thank everyone for your support in making the 2017 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Dinner an enjoyable evening. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2018 Whitney Dinner.
We would like to thank the following foundations, trusts, and companies that have supported our programs through grants or partnerships in the last year.
Grants supporting our Exploring program allow young men and women ages 14-20 to learn about exciting career opportunities in engineering, law enforcement, medicine, hospitality, skilled trades, and more. 
  • Peggy and Steve Fossett Foundation
  • Collins Engineers, Inc.
  • The Johnson Family Make the World a Better Place Fund
  • BNSF Railway Foundation
  • Cognizant

STEM Scouts
Boys and girls in the 3 rd -12 th grade can join the new STEM Scouts program thanks to the following supporters. STEM Scouts provides the leadership and character development Scouting is known for through hands-on STEM activities.
  • Bank of America
  • Rivers Casino
  • Quaker Chemical Foundation
  • Kinder Morgan Foundation
  • Legacy Foundation – Women in Philanthropy Fund
  • Masonic Family Health Foundation
  • American Water – IN
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Midwest Bank
  • Cognizant
  • The Pentair Foundation

Scouting Opportunities for Underprivileged Youth
The following organizations provided Scouting experiences for youth that would not otherwise have been able to participate.
  • Hammond Gaming Advisory Committee
  • Foundations of East Chicago

Visiting summer camp is one of the highlights of the Scouting year! Grants to improve our programs and facilities help us to deliver the promise of Scouting adventure.
  • NRA Foundation
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Barton Malow Foundation

Keeping Scouting Strong
The following organizations supported all of our Scouting programs, operations, and facilities. Their generosity has allowed us to provide Scouting’s life-changing leadership and development programs to more youth in Chicagoland and NW Indiana.
  • Crown Point Foundation
  • Kappa Kappa Kappa
  • Sahara Enterprises
  • G.H. Zendt Charitable Trust
  • John V. Painter Trust
  • Margaret J. Stuart Fund
  • Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation
  • Legacy Foundation
  • Helen & Curtis Pinnell Foundation
  • Sulzer Family Foundation
  • Anderson Foundation
On November 2, the Pathway to Adventure Council honored Indiana residents Tom Sourlis and his wife Susan Eleuterio as its 2017 Distinguished Citizens.

The Distinguished Citizen Dinner (DCD) recognizes the efforts of local individuals who are making a positive impact on their community through the organizations they actively support and promote in Northwest Indiana and beyond.

“We are honored to present this esteemed couple with the 2017 Distinguished Citizens Award,” said Event Chairman Robert Welsh. “They are pillars of our community and we are pleased to recognize them for their contributions.” 

Tom and Sue reside in Highland, IN and have been involved philanthropists outside their selected vocations. Both successful in their own work endeavors, Tom and Sue have made helping those who just need a hand up a lifestyle choice. In addition, they are involved in social justice and identifying ways to improve the lives of others.

A special tribute video was added as a new feature that incorporated the honorees philanthropic interests. Scouting is grateful to the Porter County Community Foundation, opportunity Enterprises, Ivy Tech Community College Society of Innovators, Legacy Foundation, Nazareth Home, The Crisis Center, Tradewinds, Crossroads Fund and First Midwest Bank.

“Tom and Susan are well-deserving of this wonderful honor,” said friend and Distinguished Citizens Dinner committee member David Bochnowski. “They have selflessly donated their time, expertise, energy, and financial resources to our communities for decades.”

Due to the generosity of listed sponsors and the 152 attendees the event was a phenomenal success; raising $56,000. 

Event Sponsors: Mortar Net Solutions & Patrick G and Shirley Welsh Ryan
Table Sponsors: Bob and Kay Welsh , Community Healthcare Systems , Community Hospital , Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana , Peoples Bank , Nazareth Home , St. Mary’s Medical Center , & St. Catherine’s Hospital

Program Sponsors: Horizon Bank, Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics, PC , Smith Sersic Attorneys , & Frank and Gladys Van Til

Significant event donors: Tom and Sylvia Collins & Beryl Martin

A special thanks to those that served on the 2017 Distinguished Citizens Committee: Cal and Cathy Bellamy, David and Ann Bochnowski, Tom and Sylvia Collins, Tim and Frankie Fesko, Dr. Jim and Nancy Hamblin, Bishop Dale Melczek, Mamon and Cynthia Powers, Mike and Jill Schrage, Kevin and Jana Smith, Bob and Kay Welsh, & David and Jackie Wickland.
Pathway to Adventure Council is dedicated to improving the lives of young people and families throughout all of our communities, which is why we are proud to introduce Restoring the Village.

The Restoring the Village program is an impactful partnership between Scouting, community leaders, and at-risk youth. It equips young people in embattled neighborhoods with the values, tools, opportunities, and mentors needed to build a brighter future for themselves and their community.

We invite all of you supporters of Scouting to inquire if this is a program that you would like to invest in. Contact Anna Villarreal at if you would like to learn more about how you can be part of making a difference in the lives of families that need Scouting.
Reprinted with permission from, Pathway to Adventure volunteer and creator of the Trading Tech 300 program, John J. Lothian.

The LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards event was a success on November 9 th with over 130 people in attendance to see six scouts honored with the Harlan Ten Pas Award and seven firms honored for participating in the Trading Tech 300 program in the last year.

It was a successful networking event as people mixed and share stories of Scouting and the industry and talked about how to move the Trading Tech 300 program to the next level.

With interest in the program from outside the financial industry, Trading Tech 300 is looking to expand into Med Tech, Law Tech, Construction Tech and Civics Tech, among potential fields.

My goal, which I expressed again at the event, is to make Chicago the STEM capital of the world, AGAIN! Chicago was the STEM capital of the world back in 1893 when the World's Fair in Chicago introduced electricity and the Ferris Wheel to the world, among other things. Someone even mentioned how this mighty goal might be a great way to help attract Amazon's new headquarters to Chicago.

We are making Chicago the STEM capital of the world one Scout at a time through merit badge workshops focused on STEM in our industry, and now beyond.

During EXPO I secured oral agreements from Nasdaq, ICE/NYSE and Fidessa to hold workshops in New York. Anyone else interested?

The event raised $157,000, exceeding the goal of $150K. We are thankful to our sponsors and supporters who contributed to this success. The list includes: ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago, Advantage Futures LLC, Chicago Board Options Exchange, CME Group Inc, Continental Materials Corp, Eurex US, FGMK, LLC, FourStar Wealth Advisors, Mike Dawley, HTG Capital Partners, LLC, Merrill Lynch, Global Wealth & Investment Management, NEX Markets-BrokerTec, OCC, RJ O'Brien, RSM US LLC, Simon Compliance, The Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation, The Rich Foundation, Thorndyke Sheppard Group, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., Valuation Research Corporation, Wintrust Wealth Management, Woodfield Fund Administration and XR Trading LLC.

Thank you to all who attended the event and who contributed to its past and future success.