Nearly 400 guests turned out to dine, dance, and support Erikson at our annual Prism Ball.

Larry Richman receiving awardA highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Spirit of Erikson Institute Award to Larry Richman, president and chief executive officer of The Private Bank.

Richard Kiphart, chair of the Erikson Board of Trustees, presented the award to Richman in recognition of the depth of his engagement in improving educational and cultural opportunities and heath services for children and families in the Greater Chicago area.

Richman serves on the boards of the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, the Ravinia Festival, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and several other civic, commercial, and educational organizations.

Accepting the award, Richman told the crowd, “A lifelong love of learning starts early. As a parent, you see firsthand the importance of education in a child’s life. You can see the difference a good teacher makes.  I’m proud to support Erikson and all it does to ensure children have access to the best care and education.”

Noting that Erikson’s work also serves families directly and helps shape policies that shape children’s lives, Richman added, “Quite simply, Erikson is an inspiration. I’m honored and humbled to receive this award.”

Chairing this year’s event were trustee James Roche and his wife Ellen, along with trustee Patty Walsh and her husband Dan.

The event, which included a silent auction, raised nearly $800,000 to support Erikson’s work. Guests also made special additional contributions toward student scholarships.

The event was featured in Crain’s Chicago Business society pages.

K. Pick
Erikson trustee Kathy Pick with Jeff Grossman and Nancy Gidwitz