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Five to Be Honored at The Education Center’s Benefit in October

As it celebrates 37 years of helping children “succeed in school as well as in life,” The Education Center of Developmental Resources will once again host the annual Kids’ Best Friend Benefit and Awards Dinner and highlight the contributions of several individuals who support the community, families, kids, and the elderly.

This year’s awards and winners are:
  • Kids’ Best Friend Award – Jeffrey and Stephanie Jones Kastelic, Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home
  • Outstanding Community Leader Award – Commander Ken Parcel, Naperville Police Department
  • Making a Difference Award – Kitty Ryan, Naperville Community Unit School District 203
  • George and Pat Pradel Humanitarian Award – Nick and Teresa Ryan, Marquette Companies and Ryan Hill Realty
  • Business Partner Award – Rosebud Restaurants-Naperville

The Kids’ Best Friend Benefit and Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, October 14, in the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $125 per person and include a cocktail reception, dinner, and live and silent auctions. The reception begins at 5:30 p.The Education Center is located at 113 East Van Buren in Naperville. Programs help children and teens of all ages overcome everyday obstacles and be successful in a school and life.

For more information about the Benefit contact:

Dr. Michael Litow
The Education Center - 630-420-7807







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Our mission is to help children succeed in school as well as in life. We discover what a child is good at and then build on their own interests. Children and teens trust us because we believe in them.

Our close relationships with school systems and the business community in Chicago and its suburbs, allow us to advocate for our students with guidance counselors and teachers as well as to connect a child with a potential mentor or employer. And we never turn away a child because of money. Whatever it takes, we go the distance for our kids.