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Neighborhood Champions to be Honored at Lincoln Park 2020

Posted on January 23, 2020

We’re thrilled to announce Jeff Lawler and Wintrust Bank Old Town as recipients of the 2020 Lincoln Park Neighborhood Champion Award. The recipients will be recognized at Lincoln Park 2020, the LPCC’s annual meeting on Thursday, January 30 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at WhirlyBall (1825 W. Webster).

The 2020 Lincoln Park Neighborhood Champion Awards honor a resident and an organization or business within the Lincoln Park neighborhood which has made a positive impact through their actions and involvement with the community.

Jeff Lawler is the resident recipient of the 2020 Lincoln Park Neighborhood Champion Award. Jeff started his career at Geja’s Cafe in 1994 and purchased the business in 2015. Jeff has said that he got into the restaurant business because he loves to serve people and he extends that passion beyond the confines of Geja’s Cafe. In addition to serving on the Board of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Jeff has served on the Lincoln Park Community Services Board of Directors and since 2010, has served breakfast twice a month at their shelter at 600 W. Fullerton with fellow LPCC members. He is a friend to a number of organizations including the Lincoln Central Association and has generously donated cheese and chocolate fondue to countless organizations to help with their fundraising efforts. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to recognize and thank Jeff Lawler for his generosity and dedication to the neighborhood over the past 26 years.

Wintrust Bank Old Town is the business recipient of the 2020 Lincoln Park Neighborhood Champion Award. Under the leadership of President Amy Lemar, Wintrust Bank Old Town has become a true resource to the neighborhood through educational seminars, financial literacy, nonprofit sponsorships and support, small business networking and active involvement in community organizations. In 2019, Wintrust Bank Old Town hosted 60 events with 2,000+ attendees. As a bank built in Chicago, for Chicago, Wintrust Bank Old Town consistently delivers on their mission to serve their community on a personal level.

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