State’s Attorney Glasgow to be honored for domestic violence initiatives by Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

March 18

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow will by honored by the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network for his prosecutorial leadership in the area of protecting the victims of domestic violence.

State’s Attorney Glasgow will be honored at The Network’s 16th Annual “Chicago Chefs Spring Into Action” Benefit on Thursday, March 28 at the Wolf Point Ballroom in the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.

In choosing to honor State’s Attorney Glasgow, The Network cited the importance that the state’s attorney has placed on the impact of violence against women in our communities. Executive Director Dawn Dalton pointed to the Drew Peterson and Christopher Vaughn prosecutions as examples of the state’s attorney’s efforts.

“From the moment Christopher Vaughn and Drew Peterson came into the public’s awareness, you named the acts for what they were – domestic violence,” Dalton wrote in a letter to the state’s attorney. “It is our experience that this is not always a first act of our elected leaders, and for this we applaud you.”

State’s Attorney Glasgow stated: “It is extraordinarily gratifying to be honored by a network of organizations that has been instrumental in providing necessary services to the victims of domestic violence who are working to regain control of their lives. The Network also has provided critical leadership in raising public awareness about domestic abuse and the serious problems it creates for women, children and families in our society.”

The Network, a coalition of domestic violence service providers and allied professionals, will honor several other indivdiuals and agencies at its annual benefit. They are:

  • Ida Anger, who will receive the 2013 Community Advocate award for her leadership at Metropolitan Family Services, as well as for her continued support and leadership within The Network;
  • And the Chicago Community Trust and Michael Reese Health Trust, both of which will receive a 2013 Civic Advocacy Awards recognizing their efforts in assisting the domestic violence service community in creating and implementing an Outcome Measures Project that impacts future services for domestic violence victims who are navigating their way to safety.

In addition to the honors, the 16th Annual “Chicago Chefs Spring Into Action” Benefit is an enjoyable way to support The Network’s serious work. The evening will feature many of Chicago’s brightest culinary stars who will serve a variety of exquisite dishes complimented by rich wines and popular cocktails, all in support of The Network.

Featured chefs from throughout metropolitan Chicago include: Chef de Cuisine Greg Bastien, Tavernita; Executive Chef / Partner Amanda Downing, Rockit Bar & Grill / Rockit Burger Bar; Executive Chef Jose Aguilar & Chris “Big Frankie” Favero, Frankie’s Scaloppine; Executive Chef Mark Sparacino, Prosecco; Sous Chef Kim Leali and Pastry Chef Anna Shovers, Publican Restaurant; Sous Chef Corey Pastor, Marion Street Cheese Market; Executive Chef Giuseppe Tentori and Sous Chef Jessica Carney, GT Fish & Oyster; and culinary experts from The Purple Pig. Sweet treats will be provided by Bittersweet Pastry Café and Tag’s Bakery, Inc.

Custom cocktials will be created and served by some of Chicago’s top mixologists, including: Chris Neustadt and Eric Mersch, Cask & Courtesy; Lynn House, Blackbird; and Paul Sauter, Mercadito Hospitality. They will serve delicious drinks with liquor provided by: Carpano, Casa Noble Tequila, Larceny Bourbon and Pama Rum (provided by Heaven Hill Distilleries,Inc.), Punt e Mes, Templeton Rye whiskey and Zaya rum.  Fine wines for the event are graciously donated by Alexandria Nicole Cellars.

The Network is a collaborative membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by domestic violence through education, public policy and advocacy and the connection of community members to direct services providers. Founded in 1980, the Network has grown into a coalition of nearly 75 direct service providers, affiliate organizations and allied individuals. The Network’s chain of membership organizations has played a vital role in ending society’s tolerance of domestic violence through continued advocacy, education, and outreach.

Tickets for the 16th Annual “Chicago Chefs Spring Into Action” Benefit are available online at: Wednesday, March 27, 2013. For more information, contact the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network at (312) 527-0730.