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sjonlich@hinsdale60521.com Each year, we at Hinsdale Magazine present our “Best of Reader Favorites” issue in which our readers vote on their favorite places to dine, shop and entertain. In this July issue, we rounded up your votes, and present the 40 categories reflecting 160 nominations from thousands of votes. One of those reader favorites is Topaz Café in Burr Ridge, and we featured restaurateur, Branko Palikuca, the founder of The Gemstone Cafe Group of restaurants that also includes Amber in Westmont and The Citrine in Oak Park. HM contributing writer Elizabeth Kelly and I sat down with Branko at his comfortable outdoor dining patio, which received its second straight award for “best outdoor dining” setting. Branko talked about his humble beginnings, and his rise to become SULTAN one of the Chicago area’s most respected and sought-after restaurateurs. His golden touch Plus in the industry makes “gems” of restaurants through his warm, European hospitality, and gift of knowing what his customers want with their dining experience. As you will read in Elizabeth’s interview, Branko brings the “city to the western suburbs” and much more, as you will find out from the moment you sit down in one of his restaurants. I hope you enjoy all the Best of Reader Favorites pages, and please let us know how the votes compare with your favorites. We will open up the voting for 2018 Reader Favorites in August of this year, and you will be able to vote all year long through April 1, 2018 for next year’s winners. In this special “best of” issue, our HM staff wanted to bring you not only the best in dining and shopping, but some of the best in people within our community, spanning education, athletics and philanthropy. We begin with our cover story on Shazia Sultan, the new president of the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (HJWC). Shazia sat down with contributing editor Mike Ellis to share her club’s vision for the future, which will focus on including more charities and as always, a welcome-mat for new members to join their growing organization. With a growing membership and their willingness to serve, the HJWC continues to give back— and now with Shazia’s “hash-tag” #INSPIRE leading the charge for the new club year. Hinsdale and its neighboring communities which HM

serves—Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills and Oak Brook—have always placed a high value on education, and our staff recognizes the best in student-athletes and the leaders in education. I first met Christopher Revord about 13 years ago and had a recent conversation with him about the future in education. Chris was an index options trader for US and international products then and his career was reliant on up-to-the second information which he used to trade financial products all over the world. Today, Chris has applied that principle to education and the real-time information students and teachers can use in the classroom to see if they are on-track with their learning. Madeleine Miller sat down with Chris to talk about his Webbased technology YouBthere, and how it may revolutionize the way students learn in the classroom. A recent pilot program at Lyons Township High School was tested, and Revord, a Hinsdale native, has a vision to launch the software in other school districts Hinsdale and universities throughout the nation. BEST of READER Hinsdale Central student-athletes Josh FAVORITE Bean and Bella Lorenzini will launch their 2017 collegiate careers this fall at their respective colleges, Columbia University in New York and the University of Michigan. These football and tennis standouts met with Mike Ellis to reflect on their challenges and accomplishments. The two talk in detail about their best and favorite moments leading up to the next steps in their lives and athletic careers. You will read in Mike’s article on p. 62, and see how their perseverance and hard work paved the way to athletic success. Students at Elm Elementary School in Burr Ridge tested their knowledge and competed in the Destination Imagination global finals competition in Knoxville, Tenn., in May. HM’s Anya Uppal talked with team manager Lena Shahbandar, who explained how the students learned how to problem-solve in real-time without adult supervision. The trip was sponsored by individuals and local businesses with major support from Hinsdale Bank and Trust and DuPage Medical Group, which allowed the students to also participate in workshops, flight simulations with NASA and other innovative expos. Finally, I invite you to send me your “reader favorite” person, place or event so that we may feature it in our next issue.







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To Do List


Hinsdale’s Independence Day Celebration The Hinsdale Fourth of July parade is scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. on July 4. www.villageofhinsdale.org


Woodstock Folk Festival Folk music festival features folk acts. Visit the Web site for performance information. woodstockfolkmusic.com/ folkfestival/

7/6, 13, 20, 27 Uniquely Thursdays Visit Web site for band lineup. hinsdalechamber.com

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Craft Beer Tasting Graue Mill will host its annual craft beer tasting on July 7. grauemill.org


Kids Eat Chicago Two-day event in partnership with Taste of Chicago held in Grant Park, Chicago. www.tasteofchicago.us

activities and ethnic food. cityofevanston.org

night at the zoo. www.lpzoo.org


Kids’ Night Out: Ice Cream Day Parents enjoy the night out, while kids celebrate National Ice Cream Day, filled with fun activities. www.napervilleparks.org

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Campout at the Zoo Families can spend a summer


Hinsdale Sidewalk Sale Merchants from all shopping areas have their merchandise available for purchase throughout


Stage Door Fine Arts will showcase Christmas in July with “Elf: The Musical.” Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts, and is transported to the North Pole. This modern-day holiday classic is designed to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. To purchase tickets, visit www. stagedoorfinearts.com/elf.

downtown Hinsdale. hinsdalechamber.com

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Family Twilight Adventures Go on a hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark. www.mortonarb.org


World Arts & Music Festival This festival features more than 100 nations represented, performances and entertainment, children’s art


Spirit Hockey Camp This is a camp where leaders are built, hockey is played, and faith is strengthened. spirithockeycamp.website. siplay.com


Pierogi Fest This festival features food, entertainment, a kids’ play area and a polka parade. pierogifest.net


Harry Potter Festival A community-based fan festival celebrating the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. cityoflumos.org

July 28-30 THREE WAYS TO BUY TICKETS Purchase tickets in person at The Community House at 415 W. 8th Street in Hinsdale, by phone or online.

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Hello Summer! Do you dream of a radiant smile that will light up the room? Our smiles are more important than ever. If you’re hoping for a sensational summer smile, but not interested in cookie-cutter, piano key teeth— learn how can you make over your smile without losing any personality, or harming your teeth in any way at Hinsdale Dentistry.

Enter esthetic dentistry. This burgeoning concept is beginning to rule the dentist’s office – to the delight of both patients and dentists. Within this new realm, dental work is both beautiful and function-oriented. Dr. Peter Harnois of Hinsdale Dentistry elaborates on how to get the best of both dental worlds.

Why are you excited about the esthetic cause? Practicing at the esthetic tier allows me to routinely accomplish my ultimate goal: a gorgeous, healthy smile and a happy patient. With responsible esthetics at work, treatment is comfortable, the smile remains natural-looking, and the patient is wholly satisfied.

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Just what is responsible esthetics? A term coined by Dr. Ed Lowe of the AACD, it refers to removing the least amount of tooth structure to achieve the desired esthetics. Cosmetic dentistry as a field is undergoing a major shift to make esthetics a top priority.

Why is the dental world making the shift from “cosmetic” to “esthetic”? Cosmetic dentistry has long been the standard for patients seeking changes to the appearance of their front teeth. But it neglects to consider the full effects that treatment might have on the patient’s health. In this way, cosmetic dentistry is treatment that improves a smile’s appearance alone. Esthetic dentistry has a different focus: to improve a smile’s function, enhancing its appearance along the way. This type of treatment offers visual and physical benefits – something that patients really appreciate. The results are noticeable superficially, but extend deeper. For this reason, more and more dentists are looking toward esthetic practices.

As a dentist and an educator, how have you embraced esthetics? I’ve been practicing esthetic dentistry since 1990, and have made a commitment to educating other dentists on this branch of treatment. I’m proud to lecture internationally in over 30 cities per year, training hundreds of dentists to place minimally invasive veneers. My depth and breadth of experience, including a decade of educating dentists through hands-on veneer prep, make me a sought-after lecturer across the country. I am currently in the process of becoming accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the most prestigious education body for esthetic dentistry in North America.

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no pain, and no post-treatment recovery • President of the Illinois Chapter of time. the American Academy of Facial How do Lumineers compare to natural Esthetics teeth? Lumineers succeed at mimicking • Member of the AACD natural enamel; they’re indistinguishable • Member of the World Clinical from surrounding teeth. Their uniquely Laser Institute thin structure allows the ceramic • An international lecturer for the material to both reflect and filter light AACD, AAFE (Botox and (just like your teeth). The color of your dermal fillers), Biolase (the use of veneers will be precisely matched to laser technology in dentistry), adjacent enamel, allowing them to blend NuCalm (a natural relaxation neatly into your smile. technique for patients), and Terec Present-day Lumineers are fabricated Labs (emerging technologies like from Emax porcelain, which offers digital impressions). unparalleled strength and translucency. After spending a weekend lecturing, I’m Simply care for them the way you do able to bring my newfound knowledge your natural teeth. They won’t chip, and broadening experience back to my crack, or break, but they will remain a patients at Hinsdale Dentistry. powerful part of your smile.

Which procedures show esthetic dentistry in action at Hinsdale Dentistry? We are an esthetic dental

practice – we always value function over form. No matter how beautiful your new smile is, if it doesn’t work well, it’s not going to bring you happiness. Why create that in the first place? Our team provides the latest, most effective technologies to offer the best possible, least invasive care. We’re thrilled to offer our patients Lumineers, revolutionary low-prep veneers. They’re thinner than other porcelain veneers, so they don’t require the same amount of tooth prep in order to fit over teeth. This means no shots,

What can patients expect from the Lumineers process? I have

personally placed over 9,000 of these MPVs (minimal prep veneers). Throughout, I’ve seen so many dramatic transformations, without requiring big patient commitment. The entire process typically involves only two appointments. Since there’s limited to no reduction of your natural teeth, you often won’t need to wear temporaries between visits (meaning you can avoid the stress that accompanies them). And you conserve your natural tooth structure, helping your natural teeth achieve long life.

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HM INTERVIEW | Branko Palikuca

Local restaurateur and owner of Topaz in Burr Ridge, Branko Palikuca


Branko Palikuca’s Burr Ridge gemstone by Elizabeth Kelly | Photography by Daniel Garcia

Branko Palikuca, a Chicago-based restaurateur, has established a trio of restaurants in the Chicago suburbs, and a downtown spot, The Dawson, which he co-owns with Billy Lawless. Immigrating from Yugoslavia in 1988, Palikuca took lessons learned from his restaurant-owning grandfather and experience in different Chicago eateries to create the Amber Café in Westmont, Topaz in Burr Ridge and Citrine in Oak Park. Beginning as a civil engineer, Palikuca took the risk of going into the restaurant business, when he found that his true passion was caring for people within the hospitality industry. Humbly, he owes his success to the people of Chicagoland and his team members, many of whom have worked with him for over a decade. With an emphasis on teamwork and making sure each customer’s needs are met, Palikuca has established the Gemstone Café Group.


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HM: Branko, can you tell HM about Topaz and the other Chicago area restaurants that you have? BRANKO: Thirteen years ago, July 7, I opened my first restaurant, Amber Café, in Westmont. Prior to that, I was working in [the] University Club of Chicago, and I met a lot of members who were living in Hinsdale and Burr Ridge area, and a friend of mine from my town, Walter Veselinovic, approached me, saying he had a building on Cass Ave., if I [could] do the restaurant. To open your first restaurant is really a challenge, because nobody believes in the investment, and a big percentage of them fail. But I was pretty confident with food knowledge and everything that I did, and knowing the clientele, that I could create something fun in the suburbs. My main motive was to bring the city feel into the suburbs, so people don’t have to drive and go into the city. Amber was a pure success, and after Amber, I was approached by mayor Gary Grasso of Burr Ridge. At the time, they were starting to build the Burr Ridge Village Center. He approached me, and said a lot of his residents go to Amber, and he wanted us to do something similar in Burr Ridge. We signed the lease on Aug. 1, 2007, and I opened Topaz in 2008 on April 4. But [the] Gemstone [concept] really came when I opened Amber. I really didn’t think about the gem, because Amber has so many different meanings, and many people started thinking that I was from Poland or Lithuania, and that I opened because of the stone; but when we decided on the name Topaz, we definitely went after the gems. Then, I partnered with Billy Lawless, who owns the Gage and Beacon in the city, and we opened The Dawson, and that project was opened in November of 2013. Last year, I opened another “gem,” Citrine, in Oak Park. I have three “gems” now and one partnership with Billy Lawless, and I have a great group of investors who had their faith in me, and have helped me through all these years, and without them, I don’t think I could do it. HM: You chose “gemstone” as your company name. Tell our readers the inspiration behind that name.

BRANKO: Amber was given to me by a friend. ... Running the restaurant business, you do have to listen to your guests and people to be able to approach them in a better way, and serve them in a better way. And I believe in hospitality, and a lot of people [told] me, “Amber just opened; go with the gems, and a similar color [to] amber is topaz. Even Phil Vitell, in a review he did for Topaz, said [the] “next gem is going to be Citrine,” and I did follow his advice [when] I opened Citrine in Oak Park. HM: Branko, tell us where you’re from, and when you came here to the states. BRANKO: I came here in 1988, on March 3, at a time when [my home country] was still Yugoslavia. I finished two years of civil engineering, but realized that calculating and building wasn’t my passion, [like] the people, [like] the restaurant. I did run a pizza place in my town for a soccer player who played here, and I really realized then that it was my passion. Based on my roots, my dad was a civil engineer, but my grandfather had a restaurant before the second world war and shortly [thereafter], when I came to America, I worked in an office, drafting, but I said, “I have to go into that field, and find my passion.” I wanted to connect to people and the customers. ... [I] started grilling sausages, and worked my way up to where I am today, [at] which I am pretty happy.—And I truly believe that it only can happen in America. HM: How do you channel your upbringing into the food you produce and the menus you create throughout the seasons? BRANKO: My upbringing, what we had over there, when I came to America, I realized you can have a strawberry in January. In my country, everything was seasonal. When it’s the month of May or June, it’s a time of cherries, berries, and that’s what we would eat. Same thing with vegetables: when fall came, we’d eat a lot of squash, grapes, quince, pears, apples, and the region where I’m from is pretty much inland, and it’s a lot of meat, specially roasted lamb and pork. We’re not really much into beef. But every year, I would go on vacation to Montenegro and Croatia, and I really got influenced by their food. [The] seafood was really clean and really fresh, [there was] fresh olive oil; and every family and small restaurants wouldn’t cook you anything frozen, they would make it fresh, put it on a grill or wood-burning oven, and serve it with homemade wine, and that Continued on the next page

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inspired me. I like to bring that into all of my restaurants, and use the local farmers, bring as many fresh products as I can, and deliver fresh fish. My meat provider I really pick by the year, putting some natural grass-fed beef, and we follow the demand too.

HM: In terms of the Gemstone Café Group, what do you see in the future? Do you see further expansion, or just updating the businesses? BRANKO: I’m not looking for expansion; I’m looking for refreshment. I’m planning to extend the lease for Topaz for ten more years, and I’m already working with a designer and a team to refresh Topaz, to tone down from the fine-dining to more casual dining, to be unique and improve the food. The restaurant industry in the recent time is moving in a direction where a lot of people are sharing the food, and people’s knowledge is better than it was ten, 15 years ago. The wine knowledge is better; everybody knows more, and the market is getting bigger and bigger. Unfortunately for us, a lot of retail stores are closing. This is causing more and more empty storefronts to be leased to restaurants. I always respect competition. It makes me more eager and hungry, and makes me do better, and the refreshment would bring improvement, so that’s going to be my main motive now: my ideology and building a stronger team.


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HM: Do you see that continuing for not necessarily The Dawson, but for Amber as well? BRANKO: I see the refreshment for everything. I do feel that in our industry, as my grandfather taught me when I was 11 years old, when he was [a restaurant] owner, he had a big sign over the door that he would read during the family meal, “Do not take care of me; the priority is the guest, because they pay our whole bill. I don’t pay your bills.” You have to adjust to the guest, and I am a true believer in hospitality. If they have a birthday or special occasion, we are here for them. My main success, what I’ve done in the last 13 years with Amber and almost ten years with Topaz in this area, is that I have a following—I’ve built a regular clientele. They’re my top priority. These are mostly families who live in Hinsdale and Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Oak Brook, and I’m really thankful to them, because without them, without their support, I don’t think I could be in business. They are really faithful. We try to always go back and do something for them. If there’s anything lastminute, I make sure that we can accommodate it, because that’s what I believe [in]. I didn’t open this just to make money and walk out—this is my vision and my passion, and that’s how I choose my staff and everything else. n

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Hinsdale Magazine | Cover Story EXPANDING ROLE New HJWC president Shazia Sultan is looking forward to the club’s 2017-18 year.

T JUNIORS 3.0 HJWC president Shazia Sultan explains how the club plans to expand and diversify its services to the community by Mike Ellis | Photography by Daniel Garcia


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he Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (HJWC) is no stranger to aiding area charities in serving distressed and underprivileged children and families. Over the past five years, the HJWC has raised more than $1 million aggregately through its spectacular annual benefits in the city, supporting initiatives undertaken by Oak Parkbased Hephzibah Children’s Association, Glen Ellyn-based Bridge Communities and most recently, Hinsdale-based HCS Family Services. But as the club’s membership has swelled to approximately 280 west suburban ladies, helping to raise a club-record $275,000 for HCS Family Services this past year, the HJWC is embarking on an effort to increase and diversify its charitable beneficiaries. Installed in May, 2017-18 club president Shazia Sultan is spearheading this new initiative. A Hinsdale resident since 2013 and a resident of the western suburbs since 2011, Sultan is not unacquainted with the community or leadership roles within the HJWC, having previously served as vice president, second vice president for membership and on the annual benefit team. “We’ve got a very strong brand,” she said. “We do quite a lot for being a women’s club; it’s a powerhouse of incredibly successful women in every aspect.” Desiring the HJWC to reflect the generosity and service mentality she sees within the community at-large, Sultan wants this club year to be about “inspiring” others. She’s even developed a hat with the “hash-tag” #INSPIRE inscribed on it to convey the theme. “I feel like I’m constantly inspired by everyone that I meet in this town,” Sultan said. “I’m inspired by what the different organizations do, and how they give back to the community. I felt like I wanted this year to really be an opportunity for all members to feel inspired in some way, whether it’s to be there and lift each other up...[or] helping our children realize the value of service.” At the moment, the HJWC partners with a single nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting the lives of women,

Hinsdale Magazine | Cover Story children or families on a biennial basis. Over the course of a two-year partnership, the club raises money for its charitable beneficiary predominantly through a pair of benefits (one for each year of the partnership), while members become better familiarized with that organization through voluntary service projects. According to Sultan, members are required to fulfill at least three service hours each year, which most exceed. She said the club conducts one to two service projects each month of its season. Even after a partnership officially concludes, it is not uncommon for current and former HJWC members to remain active with past beneficiaries, as Sultan said some ladies still serve as mentors and tutors at Bridge Communities (2014-16 club beneficiary), while others work to prepare Thanksgiving dinner at Hephzibah House (2012-14 beneficiary) each year. “The great thing is, we can continue to expand our services that we provide,” she said. “As more members come in, we can always add more service projects.” During the 2013-14 club year, the HJWC began to direct some of its focus to supporting a variety of local organizations right in its backyard, when club president Tracy Zoberis created the legacy committee. Through a fundraiser styled “Repeat Boutique,” the legacy committee made smaller contributions to a smattering of very local charities. “It felt very fulfilling, rewarding to give back to folks right here in town,” Sultan said, “and even though they were small denominations, it made an impact.” Intrigued by this concept, Sultan and other club leaders have decided to apply the “legacy” model on a larger scale. Instead of selecting a new beneficiary every two years, starting next year, Sultan said the HJWC will serve multiple organizations through its annual benefit fundraiser. “Let’s look at how we can make more of an impact with the money that we’re raising,” she said. “We want to diversify; there’s so many organizations that need assistance, and why not give what we can?” Sultan likened this more diversified approach to the one employed by the Service Club of Chicago, which holds several major fundraisers throughout the year, and then directs the proceeds to a group of beneficiaries decided upon by its membership. She said organizations will be able to apply for grants for “tangible items, funding, new initiatives” and more, but the application process will be somewhat relaxed, encouraging charities to simply request funding assistance for launching a new tutoring program or opening up a food pantry, “versus feeling that they need to go through a more rigorous process.” “The process was very involved,” Sultan said. “There [were] a lot of site visits, a lot of interviewing—and we’ll

still have components of that, because it’s very important to ensure that organizations are going to do what they say they’re going to do with that money. It’ll still be a pretty rigorous process, but it allows organizations to ask for smaller items if they need [them].” Sultan said applications will be submitted on a “rolling basis,” and “they will still be vetted by key members of the club.” “We still want people to feel connected to what the missions are for these organizations,” she said. Another potential positive of diversifying beneficiaries is that the HJWC will be afforded additional opportunities to forge partnerships between local companies both large and small, and non-profit organizations within their community. While many corporations have philanthropic or related departments, through its unique membership consisting of working professionals and active community moms, Sultan said the HJWC effectively functions as a “conduit” between companies and charities. “A lot of times, we’re able to connect them with charities that might be under the radar,” she said. “Through our underwriting initiatives, our sponsorship initiatives, there have been a lot of partnerships that have happened between large companies [and charitable organizations].” In addition to raising funds for more initiatives and establishing community connections, Sultan said working with more charities will also create more service opportunities for club members. “It also opens us up to having more exposure [for] our members with what other organizations are doing,” she said, “because then we can actually branch out our service projects, and make more of a difference. ... If there is a need, and if that organization needs more bodies and more hands, we can definitely do that.” Sultan acknowledged that there will be a learning curve and “trial-and-error” phase as the club acclimates its committee structure and membership to working with multiple organizations as opposed to one at a time, but said she is excited about launching into what she called the “3.0” phase of Juniors. “Everyone’s welcome to join the club,” she said. “If you’re passionate about service, and you wanted to get involved in any capacity, and also like to have fun and socialize and meet new people, it’s a great way to do it.” n The membership application deadline for the 201718 Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club season is Aug. 15. Applications may be found online at www.hjwc.us. For more information about the HJWC, visit www.hjwc.us.

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Miracles in Progress provides support for individuals suffering from brain injuries by Anya Uppal | Photography by Daniel Garcia

MIRACLES IN PROGRESS Rachel Watson and her sister Rebecca Watson


tarting in 2002, the organization Miracles in Progress was created to help treat and assist those suffering from brain injuries so that they can achieve their highest potential. The organization was started by Susan Watson in honor of her daughter Rachel. “Meeting our daughter Rachel—she was the inspiration,” said Watson, who serves as executive director of Miracles in Progress. ... “We met a lot of people who were like Rachel with a brain injury...and their needs were not being met.” Miracles in Progress (MIP) offers a variety of therapies for those with brain injuries, such as MIP Pool Pals, which provides aquatic in-pool therapy, MIP Yoga Pals, which teaches exercise and relaxation techniques, and MIP Hippotherapy, or therapeutic horseback riding. This variety of treatments helps the kids build certain muscles, while providing them therapeutic benefits. The organization also hosts a number of events. MIP


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Sibs celebrates the brothers and sisters of those with brain injuries, as well as other special needs. “Sibshops” is a great way for brothers and sisters of the brain-injured to establish peer support and education, while focusing on their relationships with their siblings. During the holidays, the organization hosts a holiday party designed for special needs kids of all ages. MIP’s largest event of the year is the “Golf by Day” fundraiser. This year, the outing was held on June 9 at Oak Brook Hills Golf Club. The event included golf in the afternoon and cocktails and dinner in the evening. Proceeds from the outing will help support MIP programs and therapies, and will help advance the lifestyle of the braininjured. n For more information, please visit miraclesinprogress.org



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Tax Reform can be uneasy, especially in this era. Many people are expecting President Trump to restructure taxes, and possibly change gift and estate tax rules. However, nothing is set in stone, which is creating anxiety in many citizens, especially those who are nearing retirement or are currently retired. The uncertainty about the Republican tax proposal, including a replacement tax on the wealthy, places a high importance of flexibility in preparing an estate plan and taking advantage of wealth transfer techniques suited to the current economic, and political, environment. In the event of tax legislation passing, the rules will likely continue to change, making it critical to keep up with tools available to protect your wealth. Currently, there are many preemptive measures to protect your wealth that one can take to prepare for such actions.

Gifting Gifting is a powerful way to minimize income taxes, due to the annual gift exclusion, as well as the lifetime exemption gift. Currently, the maximum annual gift exclusion is $14,000 per recipient. Taking advantage of this opportunity in early 2017 will maximize the potential appreciation on this year’s gift before 2018 gifts can be made. Additionally, considering gifting to trusts is beneficial, as it will protect your cash and investments that were gifted from lawsuits and other unexpected events. This allows the donor flexibility to control and access the funds held in trust. For the same reason, the lifetime gift is a valuable tool. Currently, the lifetime gift exemption is set at $5.49 million. Larger gifts can provide greater potential for transferring wealth due to more assets available for investment, which then consequently compound in value. Using an irrevocable trust as a funding vehicle is one of the most powerful means of ensuring a legacy of wealth for your family’s future generations.

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DESTINATION IMAGINATION Elm Elementary School competes at Global Finals B Y ANYA UP PAL

PIN TRADING Elm Elementary School team trading pins with students from Columbia. The kids had the opportunity to meet and get to know kids from other countries through trading their state or country pins with each other.

wo Destination Imagination teams from Elm Elementary School in Burr Ridge competed at the Global Finals competition in Knoxville, Tenn., from May 23 to 27. Destination Imagination is a competitive program that challenges students to complete real-world challenges, and apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) to present solutions to problems. Each May, more than 8,000 of the world’s most innovative students compete in teams to showcase their challenge solutions in the international competition, celebrate their creativity and have fun. The Hinsdale fifth-grade team, which placed 26th out of 81 teams, built a moving stage, and presented a dazzling opening and headlining act around a cooking show. Placing 19th out of 69 teams, the second-grade team created a fable to tell the story of its effort to raise funds for a battered women’s shelter. Over the four-day competition, the teams met people from 17 different countries, and attended workshops in which they made costumes from duct tape, tried flight simulators, and learned more about robots. District

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Feeling confident after completing their Instant Challenge: Tyler He, Aaron Jin, Sophia Zhang, Aishani Gupta and Suhayla Patel

181, local businesses, friends and families helped make this experience possible through sponsorships. The local business community has played an important role in its sponsorship of the Destination Imagination program, including Hinsdale Bank & Trust and DuPage Medical Group. Also supporting the program were STEM-based entities like TinkRworks, and healthcare institutions like University Retina. “It has been amazing to have such vibrant sponsorship from our community,” said Lena Shahbandar, manager of the fifth-grade team. “First, we had such clear encouragement from D181 itself, as they gave us a very strong sponsorship, and applauded the children’s efforts..and our kids felt the support of the community behind them as they competed.” During this competitive event, students had to brainstorm solutions, make small prototypes, and execute their solutions during the competition. They also attended various workshops and an innovation expo, where they worked with robots, conducted flight simulation with NASA, made slime and raced cars carrying eggs down a track with the objective of not breaking them. “They learned how to problem-solve in real-time without adults directing them...and discovered how to work with different kinds of people, and negotiate a solution that represents the best idea, rather than their ‘own’ ideas,” Shahbandar said. “This type of teamwork will carry them in life, both in school and outside of school.” At the Global Finals, pin trading is a craze among all teams. Each state or country designs and brings pins to trade with other units. This year, the Illinois teams brandished pins showcasing colorful wolves. The kids met children from other teams, and traded pins in what became its own marketplace, with certain pins (including the Illinois wolves) becoming highly valuable. The children traded with Chinese, Polish, Turkish, Qatari and Colombian kids, as well as many other

DI STATE The Elm fifth-grade team took first place at the Destination Imagination state-level competition. Back row: team manager Hala Alhindi, Sindhu Chalasani, Rohan Gupta, Kavya Ravi, Senna Asbahi and team manager Lena Shahbandar; Front row: Heidi Angelopoulos, Leena Abu-Ghazalah and Rajas Visal Photography provided by Elm School

nations and states. They also supported the different Illinois teams by watching their performances, and cheering each other on. “The trip was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these kids,” Shabandar said. “The opening ceremony brought all the teams together in the basketball stadium at [the] University of Tennessee. “It felt like the opening ceremonies of the Olympics for kids.” n

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TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM Chris Revord of Hinsdale founded YouBthere, a Web-based technology designed for both classroom and higher education platforms, in 2011.

The future of education by Madeleine Miller | Photography by Daniel Garcia


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Today, information is in real-time—and individualism is in primetime. You no longer have to wait for the 6 p.m. newscast to learn about the day’s bad news. Now you can get it right on your smartphone, oftentimes just as events are unfolding. And the music that radio stations have programmed for the masses might not be your cup of tea. Thanks to the genius of Apple technology, you can now load the tunes you like on your iPod, and listen to your own set of songs. The world of education is learning too. The old model was that teachers prepared one-size-fits-all lessons for their classes, taught the material, gave their students tests, and hoped that the majority of them learned something. Then, it was on to the next class.

Hinsdale Magazine | Education The new model, thanks to the creativity of coursework, and can be used on any smartphone, YouBthere technology, is teachers who are now laptop or tablet. able to measure a student’s course comprehension, Lyons Township High School (LTHS) in La and give instant poll questions with immediate Grange is piloting the YouBthere software with its results, so they can offer individualized assistance. tech coaches to help teachers use technology more Students are able to provide feedback, ask efficiently in their classrooms. questions and get answers—all in real-time. This “Our focus is to ensure that every student technology creates an interactive classroom learns,” said Scott Eggerding, director of curriculum environment, which leads to more engaged and instruction at LTHS. “This software enables students and a more exciting learning experience our LMS, Canvas, to work better. It gives teachers for everyone. The old model of passive learning is the tools to measure how students are doing, and passé. assess their progress so the teachers can meet YouBthere is the brainchild of Hinsdale individual needs. For example, they can tell how resident Chris Revord, the company’s founder long it takes a student to answer a quiz question. and CEO. It is a Web-based “It’s features like these technology designed for both that improve instruction classroom and online higher and enhance learning in the education platforms, and classroom.” offers interactive features Eggerding is convinced and learning analytics that that no student intentionally are designed to improve does poorly, and that nobody educational outcomes, and wants to fail. turn out more focused and He believes that one of —CHRIS REVORD, FOUNDER & CEO engaged students. the biggest frustrations for students occurs when they Revord was a successful financial executive, but had a vision of bringing an get a grade on something, but don’t understand analytical, interactive approach to the education why they received that grade. field. Now students can get instant feedback on “I realized how important a good education is issues such as this with YouBthere. to one’s career,” he said, “and I wanted to create This technology could be especially valuable something that would enhance learning and for colleges and universities. increase student engagement. What our software What better way to show prospective students does has never been done before in the classroom.” and their parents how the school is going to One of the things that YouBthere does is deliver positive educational outcomes than by measure a student’s progress throughout the demonstrating their proactive and interactive learning process, so that if the student is not learning approach through this innovative digital doing well, there’s still time to correct this before technology? a final exam and grade are given. The software YouBthere is moving to the head of the class in uses features that young people already embrace, its field. such as interactive texting with teachers and It was recognized as one of the “Top 10 classmates, and live voting and polling. There’s Digital Solution Providers in 2016” by Education even a comprehension meter that gauges a class’s Technology Insights, a technology magazine. understanding of a topic or a course. Revord has a passion for seeing students YouBthere’s digital learning and student succeed in school. engagement software solutions are used in “Our software will help them get more out of tandem with an educational institution’s learning learning, and ensure that they make the grade,” management system (LMS), such as Canvas, D2L, he said. “The future of our world rests on today’s Blackboard or Moodle. It’s tied to the content and young people. They need to be prepared.” n

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Got menopause problems with your skin? At CSC Steil Dermatology— we’re here to help.

During menopause, lower levels of estrogen makes your skin more prone to thinning, sagging, and wrinkling. Many women, happy at their new phase of life with grown or near-grown children, more time to focus on themselves and their needs, more time to enjoy their partner and their friends, and with no chance of pregnancy, find that what they see in the mirror doesn’t at all reflect how they feel on the inside. But the fact is, women can lose up to 30 percent of their collagen in the five years following menopause, before things slow down, and then they lose about two percent a year. Diet, exercise, protecting against the sun, great skin care can slow or alleviate many of the aging related signs of menopause. But what about where the sun doesn’t shine? Because the aging process is happening there too! The cells that make up the surface of the skin are similar in structure to those of the urinary tract and vagina. Often when a woman begins to notice changes in her skin including thinning and loss of resiliency, these are often reflecting similar changes occurring in the lining of the urethra, bladder and vagina. Due to aging, menopause, and childbirth vulvovaginal laxity (VVL) and vaginal atrophy is common. In a survey of 421 women who have experienced at least 1 vaginal childbirth, 48% reported VVL. Of these women, 68% never discussed it with anyone, not even their physician, despite 50% feeling that addressing the problem would enhance their quality of life.

increases blood flow of the vaginal tissue which leads to a healthy mucosal lining and natural lubrication of the cells. The improved thickening and tightening of the vaginal tissue reduces daily discomforts in many different ways The total treatment time is under 20 min –8 minutes inside/8 outside). It is a safe and comfortable procedure with no pain or downtime. Most women need a series of 3 treatments and a “touch up” every 6-8 months.

I am experiencing vaginal dryness. I have symptoms of itching, burning, and I am experiencing painful intercourse. I am uncomfortable. Since the vaginal lining is similar to the skin layers, are there creams and treatments available to help me? To date the most effective treatment for dryness is vaginal estrogen. It works by restoring and thickening the mucous membranes in the vagina (vaginal mucosa), and by increasing vaginal secretions. In order to keep the vagina more lubricated, try using a vaginal moisturizer (Replens, Lubrin), which you can buy at your local drugstore or supermarket. But now a new generation of Laser and radio-frequency treatments for vaginal rejuvenation are proving to often be a far more effective answer than any creams or lotions. These are great hormone- free option for those women that cannot use estrogens, or find the creams inconvenient or ineffective. In our clinic, we offer the Exilis Ultra Femme 360 for vaginal rejuvenation! This device uses a gentle and comfortable heating of the tissue with radio-frequency (RF). Treating this skin

Why do my hands look older? The backs of your hands can lose moisture, collagen, and fat during menopause. That can make veins more obvious and skin more wrinkled. To reduce the look of wrinkles, use moisturizer often on your hands. Protect them from the sun with a zinc based sun block, and wear gloves when doing house or yard work. But don’t stop there. Many people don’t know that dermatologists use fillers like RADIESSE® to improve the appearance of their aging hands. This simple treatment immediately restores volume loss in the back of hands for smooth, natural-looking results that won’t give away your age.

Why is my body changing, anyway? Estrogens stimulate fat deposits over the female body; as estrogen levels drop during menopause fat storage shifts from the hips and thighs to the abdomen. In addition proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat. Post-menopausal women burn less fat than their pre-menopausal peers. Double whammy. While many women would not trade what can be the more care-free menopause or post menopause years for the stress of their younger lives, they want to look great regardless of their age. So why not do it? Stay ahead of the weight gain by exercising regularly, eating healthy and decreasing your alcohol consumption. If you need help staying in shape, consider CoolSculpting. This procedure can help get rid of those stubborn bulges for good. The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure actually reduces the number of fat cells in treated areas by about 20% to 25%. Take that, menopause!

Enjoy this time of life—menopause and post-menopause can be a great time of life, because it may be the first time you’ve had a chance to focus on you in a long time. At CSC Steil dermatology, we want you to look as great as you feel, during these years and all the years to come. Come see us so we can help you be your most beautiful at every stage of life—inside, and out. At CSC Steil Dermatology, we’re here to help!

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More than 200 people attended the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club (HJWC) white party at a private residence in southeast Hinsdale on June 10. The theme for the evening was “Havana Nights,” and there was a distinct flavor of creamcolored outfits on display. Attendees purchased tickets for the white party in conjunction with the HJWC’s annual benefit, held back in February, with proceeds from the benefit supporting Hinsdale-based HCS Family Services.





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The Midwest Club’s arrival court was completed last fall, but on June 4, the entrance was “officially” inaugurated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.





After the ribbon cutting, the celebration moved to the new playground that offers everything from a 20-foot zip-line to slides, swings and a picnic table. Another welcome addition for kids in the Midwest Club is its “Free Little Library,” conveniently located at the playground. Kids are invited to “take a book, and leave a book” for someone else to enjoy.

1. Rob Day, Omelia Coronado and Hector Coronado; 2. Russ Sobol, Bob Kapadia, Marci Hanzlik, Rajendra Shah, Bev Taylor, Hank Haff and Rob Day ; 3. Free Little Library and playground; 4. The Midwest Club entrance


Kingswood Academy held its 13th annual golf outing to raise money for tuition for students who would not otherwise be able to attend at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club on May 19.





Golfers were greeted with rain, but that did not detour all participants from showing up for the cause. Foursomes included alumni students Mia Bland, Joan Skokna, James Stoll and Dan Rusnak, home from college to join in the festivities. Rich Seeman from Clear Staff and Bob Bland from Life Quotes served as event sponsors.


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1. Lilian Civantos, Jannine Sullivan, Bernadette McCarthy and Susan Kipp; 2. Alumni Dan Rusnak, Joan Skokna, Mia Bland and James Stoll; 3. Rich Seeman, Tim Smith and Jannine Sullivan; 4. Principal Bernadette McCarthy

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Hinsdale Panhellenic held its 14th annual recruitment information night on May 23 at The Community House.





Sponsored by the Hinsdale Central PTO, Hinsdale Panhellenic (HAAPA) is dedicated to introducing local college-bound women to Greek life and sorority chapters, helping to obtain written recommendations for sorority recruitment at college campuses across the country. For more information, visit www. HinsdalePanhellenic.org.

1. Hinsdale Panhellenic president Cyndi Myers introducing this year’s 11 collegiate panelists; 2. 14th annual sorority recruitment information night at The Community House; 3. Hinsdale Panhellenic delegate Kate Mueller; 4. Collegiate panelists discussing the open house round of primary recruitment

HINSDALE HUMANE SOCIETY PET WALK More than 500 area residents and their pets participated in the 28th annual Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) pet walk and 5K run at Katherine Legge Memorial (KLM) Park in Hinsdale on June 4.





The morning began with the second installment of the 5K run, which has contributed to the considerable growth of the pet walk in the last two years. After the 5K wrapped up, attendees browsed the vendor mall spread across the southwest corner of KLM. Some children participated in a series of “fun runs” broken out by agegroup, while others rode horses or explored animals at a petting zoo. For more information about the Hinsdale Humane Society, visit www. hinsdalehumanesociety.org.

Photos courtesy of Hinsdale Humane Society 1. Runners at the starting line; 2. Former HHS board member and veterinary volunteer Dr. Ann Marie LoPiccolo; 3. A morning of fun and fitness for hundreds of attendees; 4. More than 500 people were able to cheer on children in the kids’ dash, before taking part in an awards presentation by Judy Hsu of WLS Ch. 7

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Oak Brook Polo Club kicked off the 2017 season with a 12-goal polo match against rival Arranmore on June 11 at the Prince of Wales Field in Oak Brook. Arranmore defeated Oak Brook, 13-11, to earn the title of “best team in the Prairie State.” More than 400 spectators were in attendance amidst the heat to enjoy a full six chukkers of polo, in addition to participating in contests such as the Barrington Saddlery’s mallet challenge, the best hat contest, polo trivia and the traditional halftime “divot stomp.” A variety of ticket options for Oak Brook Polo are available at www. oakbrookpoloclub.com.

5 1. George Alexander, Blackberry Polo Club at the reins with his two Clydesdales giving guests wagon rides; 2. John Sturgill with dog (Pepper); 3. Reality star Danni Allen, winner Season 14 of NBC’s Biggest Loser, leading the teams out onto the field. Danni also sang an impressive rendition of the national anthem; 4. Tomas “Toto” Obregon about to hit a monster forward shot; 5. Jim Drury, Mariano Gutierrez, Tomas Obregon and Horacio Onetto taking photos with spectators


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Another summer of Uniquely Thursdays kicked off in Burlington Park on June 15. Organized by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce, Uniquely Thursdays is Hinsdale’s summer concert series, and is celebrating its 15th year this season. Local band Paparockzzi led off the entertainment lineup at the premier concert, followed by Sushi Roll on June 22 and Planet Groove on June 29. Concerts will continue through Aug. 17 on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. in the same location.


For a full band lineup and to learn more about Uniquely Thursdays, visit www.hinsdalechamber.com.

4 1. Paparockzzi performed on June 15; 2. Kids playing in Burlington Park; 3. Uniquely Thursdays provides musical entertainment for area residents and visitors alike; 4. The concert series will continue through Aug. 17

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Hundreds of local residents toured six homes across the neighborhoods of Western Springs at the biennial Western Springs House Walk, benefiting the Western Springs Historical Society, on May 21.





The walk featured homes spread out among five Western Springs neighborhoods: Old Town, Field Park, Ridge Acres, Springdale and Forest Hills. Proceeds from the house walk support the Western Springs Historical Society.

1. House walk table setting located at 1000 Maple; 2. Jen Pasko and Mary Gresge; 3. Jill Netzel, Misty Lee and Julie Meyer; 4. Jennifer Tomasik and Amanda Grigsby


Thousands of residents of Clarendon Hills and surrounding communities turned out for the annual Daisy Days festival in downtown Clarendon Hills on June 16 and 17. Organized each year by the Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce, the weekend started with an immense turnout on Friday evening, with kids packing the carnival portion of the layout along Park Ave. Popular returning rides and attractions included the twirling strawberries, miniature train and funhouse, while a new swinging boat ride seemed to deliver great delight to a collection of small kids. On Saturday afternoon, the Daisy Days Idol singing competition returned to the stage, orchestrated by Clarendon Hills Music Academy.


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1. Daisy Days featured a number of its customary rides, plus a new swinging boat attraction; 2.Sophie Biancalana; 3. Carnival games were popular with kids; 4. The Walker School Indian Princess tribe made its presence felt at Daisy Days

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ROBERT CROWN GOLF EVENT More than 110 golfers braved the elements for the Robert Crown Center for Health Education’s (RCC) golf outing at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale on June 12. On the hottest day of the year to that date, 29 foursomes took to the course to raise money for RCC, as the venue shifted from the HiltonOak Brook Hills Resort to Ruth Lake. The format for the 18-hole shotgun round was best-ball foursome, with the top foursome taking home a crystal mug. A cocktail hour, dinner and program followed after the outing, and awards for longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin were handed out during the program.





In addition to golf and sponsorships, RCC also fundraised through a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds from the golf outing will go towards RCC’s “health ed for all” fund, which aids in supplementing the tuition fees for schools that are unable to pay for the full cost of a class at the center. For more information about the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, visit www. robertcrown.org.

5 Photography provided by Robert Crown 1. Robert Crown Center board member Caryn Glover with Matthew Arndt, Mike Brady and Ron Amato.; 2. Sean Knight; 3. Robert Crown Center board member Mick Kane with Steve Held, Steve Scobee and Bill Brazeau; 4. Jim Weil, Bob Westrick, Jeff Toner and Doug Brown; 5. Robert Crown Center board member Ed McCarthy with Steve Berger

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COLLEGE READY Red Devil grads go forward by Mike Ellis

FINDING HIS NICHE Josh Bean played running back on the “B” team before high school—he started at quarterback his senior year at Hinsdale Central, and will be playing quarterback at Columbia University in New York this fall. Photography by Corey Huth

This fall, a pair of recent graduates of Hinsdale Central will join their local peers and thousands of others across the nation, preparing to spread their proverbial wings as student-athletes. JOSH BEAN Being the starting quarterback at a premier public high school like Hinsdale Central is something many boys dream about growing up, but for Josh Bean, that path was not preordained when he entered high school. In fact, until his freshman year, Bean had never even played quarterback competitively. Bean began playing football with the now-defunct Western Springs Junior Football Association, before transitioning to the Hinsdale Falcons program for two years in junior high. Initially a running back, Bean played for the silver team (the Falcons equivalent of the “B” team) in seventh and eighth grade.


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“I was never the best player on any of those teams, but I just kept working,” he said. Bean said he never really thought about playing quarterback until high school, after an eighth grade coach suggested he should give the position a try. “One day at practice, I was just throwing the ball, and one of the coaches said I had a pretty good arm, and should go out for quarterback,” he said. After talking it over with his dad, Bean gave quarterback a shot, and said he was immediately hooked. “It was a totally different position than anything I’d ever played,” he said, adding that he enjoyed the mental challenges of playing quarterback in addition to the physical demands. Starting at quarterback on the freshman “A” team, Bean progressed to the same role on the sophomore squad, and was also called up to varsity as a backup. His junior year, Bean shared duties with senior Michael

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game, because he knows his running ability forces defenses to account an extra man to spy him in the pocket. “When you can run, that really opens up the passing lanes,” he said. Understanding what it’s like to be overlooked as a youth player, Bean said he wants to remain around football, possibly as a general manager down the line. Bean and his father are big Detroit Lions fans (his favorite quarterback is Lions starter ALL IN THE FAMILY Matthew Stafford), and he said he would love Following in her older siblings’ footsteps, to be involved in their organization someday. Bella Lorenzini claimed the first state “His arm is just unnaturally strong,” Bean singles championship in girls tennis said of Stafford. ... “I always watch what he’s at Hinsdale Central in nearly 30 years as a junior. She’ll be competing at the doing—see what he can take away from his University of Michigan starting this fall. game.” Photography by Daniel Garcia Bean acknowledged that it is still difficult to believe that he went from a silver-team running back in junior high to a Division I Sessa, functioning as a dual-threat quarterback, possessing the quarterback, and offered some advice to aspiring football ability to both run and pass effectively. players. “It was definitely a lot different [than freshman and “The best thing you can do is just keep working, no matter sophomore year],” he said. “As a varsity quarterback, everyone what—whether on the field, in the weight room or learning looks to you when things get tough. ... You’re going to make plays,” he said. “You never know when you’re going to get an mistakes, and I definitely made mistakes; and that took me to opportunity in a game.” a different level as a senior.” This past fall, Bean received the starting job outright, and BELLA LORENZINI said he felt comfortable in his third year in head coach Dan Hinsdale’s rich tradition in tennis is well-documented, but Hartman’s offense. while the Red Devils have racked up several dozen team state Under Bean’s leadership, the Red Devils claimed their first championships, they had gone nearly three decades without West Suburban Silver conference championship since 2004. producing an individual champion in girls singles, until junior “We were extremely excited to be able to accomplish that,” Bella Lorenzini earned that honor in 2015. he said. With a sister, Caroline, who won a pair of state doubles Recounting breaking through for a 70-yard touchdown run championships in 2009 and 2010, and a brother, Michael, who in the fourth quarter against Oak Park-River Forest that sealed currently plays tennis at Northwestern University, Lorenzini’s the conference title, Bean said it was an “amazing feeling.” prowess in tennis was no surprise, but her early arrival on the He said his greatest football memory at Hinsdale came on biggest stage in Illinois high-school tennis was. Homecoming his senior year, when the Red Devils upended Lorenzini credited her father with starting her and her perennial power Glenbard West in overtime. siblings on tennis around age 6 at Hinsdale Racquet Club. “We stuck together as a team; we didn’t let ourselves get “He got us into it, and we all just fell in love with the down,” Bean said. “It was definitely one of the best games in game,” she said. “We all love to compete—it’s what we do.” Central history.” Lorenzini said she and her siblings all swam competitively This fall, Bean will embark on his college career at Columbia as well growing up, before streamlining their focus on tennis. University in New York, and will compete for a backup role Reflecting on her experience playing tennis at Central, behind senior starter Anders Hill. Lorenzini said she enjoyed it, reaching the state final all three “It’s something that not too many people get the years she competed. opportunity to do is go to college in a great city like that; so I “It was very competitive the three years that I played,” knew I wanted to take advantage of it,” he said. she said. ... “I liked my team, and I really liked representing Using his prior experience as a running back to his Hinsdale Central. I had a really good coach—Scott Radecki.” advantage, Bean said he’s been working hard on his passing As a freshman, Lorenzini fondly recalled upsetting top Continued on the next page

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seed Alex Chatt, a senior from Lyons Township who now plays at Northwestern, in the semifinals, before bowing out to Naperville Central’s Tiffany Chen in the championship match. “I had nothing to lose, because everyone was older than me,” she said. The next year, Lorenzini again gritted and grinded her way to the state final, but again came up short, this time to Brienne Minor, a senior at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, who will be her teammate at the University of Michigan this fall. This past year, Minor, a college sophomore, won the NCAA women’s singles title, becoming the first Wolverine to do so. “I love that whole environment—I love when there’s a big crowd and people watching,” Lorenzini said of the IHSA state tournament. ... “As the tournament went on, day by day, I always feel more comfortable in the tournament. Each match, I feel like I got more confident.” The third time proved to be a charm for Lorenzini, as she avenged her loss to Chen two years earlier by upending her in the state final, 6-4, 6-3, to become the first Red Devil to win girls singles since Cece Cahill in 1986. “I was like, ‘This year’s mine,’ ” she said, “and I did everything I could to win it.” Last year, Lorenzini prepped for the next level of tennis

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by competing in national tournaments sponsored by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), as well as some International Tennis Federation (ITF) futures tournaments. Describing her playing style as “aggressive,” Lorenzini said she tries to dictate rallies from the baseline, occasionally moving forward and striking swinging volleys to finish points. Not the tallest player on the college circuit, Lorenzini uses her serve to start points, and then employs her groundstrokes and footwork to take control. She said she looks up to Roger Federer, who she described as “very classy” and having “the best attitude.” Committing to Michigan early in her junior year, Lorenzini said it “stood out to her” from several other Big Ten schools she was considering. Lorenzini said she is hoping to make an early impression in Ann Arbor, and with the proper dedication and commitment, she said you might even see Illinois’ No. 1 2016-17 tennis recruiting prospect competing on the WTA Tour someday soon. “I love my team and my coaches,” she said. “They’re the absolute best, and I’m very close to all of my teammates. I would hope to play high in the lineup, and do the best that I can there, and really represent Michigan well. I’m very excited.” n


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Don’t blink Adversity can strike at any moment. One second, all is awesome; and just like that, adversity arrives unannounced and unwelcome. Don’t blink. Overcoming “bad things” is the mark of the champion. It is this adversity-proof mindset that sets individuals apart. Greatness resides here. The first step is to understand and accept what has arrived at your doorstep. Now you must only control what you can control. This is where your mind will require adaptability and adjustment. Success is getting up one more time from defeat. To envision your dream becoming reality, despite your unforeseen and unpredictable circumstance, condition or situation, you must believe and expect results. You must see what you want in all its colors and hues. Make it real. This step sounds easy, but it is not. I know a woman who didn’t blink when adversity arrived. Reilley Rankin was a star college golfer. In 1998, she was named the NCAA Freshman of the Year, first-team AllAmerican, SEC champion and SEC Player of the Year. Then, on June 9, 1999, her life changed. Acting crazy, as college kids can do, Reilley leapt off a 67-foot (the equivalent of a seven-story building) cliff at Chimney Rock in Lake Martin, Ala., into the water below. Landing awkwardly, she broke two vertebrae in three pieces, and cracked her sternum down the middle. She bruised her heart and lungs, and was a half-centimeter from being paralyzed. Reilley’s doctor exclaimed, “You might never walk again.” With that foreboding statement, she defiantly thought, “You don’t know me!” Instantly, her imagination took over, and she remembered visualizing herself as Forrest Gump, bursting out of his braces. “I will play again,” was her prevailing thought. Visualization is what got Rankin through the toughest 24 months of her life. “As far as I was concerned, I never missed a single day of practice,” she said. Next, you need to commit. This mental step can block or encourage the real step toward your dream. When you have moved away from your mentally-dormant ways, identify the resources needed to advance your vision.

Two years after the accident and with extreme commitment, Rankin returned to the University of Georgia, and led her team to the 2001 NCAA championship. But she wasn’t done. Meeting Reilley for the first time, I was in awe of her talent; she was a great athlete. Already an accomplished visualization expert, she saw herself winning her first professional tournament. Day after day, we worked on her mental game. Night after night, she pictured four prominent letters in her mind: LPGA—the pinnacle of women’s golf was her quest, and that thought woke her up in the morning, and tucked her into bed at night. It was May 24, 2003. After walking 18 holes following my LPGA-hopeful client, Reilley needed a birdie to tie for the lead and secure a playoff spot. When her birdie putt found the bottom of the cup, my heart skipped a beat. On the final playoff hole of the tournament, encircled by fans, friends and me, Reilley won her first professional event. As she raised the Northwest Indiana Futures Golf Classic trophy, I couldn’t hold back my tears of joy. I knew how far she had come. This victory turned her nightmare at Lake Martin into a spot on the LPGA Tour. By looking adversity in the eye without blinking, she rose from a life-threatening injury to the pinnacle of women’s golf. Reilley Rankin is one of my heroes. Most big dreams were stymied because of excuses. When adversity arrives, it brings a bag of possible justifications, defenses and lame reasons for failure. Tennis great John McEnroe told me a long time ago, “I’ve choked many times in my career; I’ve had unforeseen setbacks. However, excuses are for losers!” He was right. Tear down your invisible safety-net that keeps you from the high-wire of possibility. Dreaming big takes courage. You must believe; you must expect; you must know deep in your heart that you can and will prevail, regardless of your adverse predicament. When adversity arrives, look it in the eye. Be defiant. Don’t blink. n

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