On Saturday, Feb. 2, Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton was honored with an Ignite the Spirit Award presented by the Chicago Fire Department at the group’s Sixth Annual Valentine’s Ball, which was held in Chicago. In July 2012, Rosecrance sponsored the 12th Anniversary Ignite the Spirit Run for Kids, which was held along the Chicago lakefront. Eaton got the runners started with the blast of an air horn.
Ignite the Spirit was launched in 2003 by the Chicago firefighters in response to the attacks of 9/11 and to help the families of first responders. The organization grew to embrace several causes, with a special focus on those that help children.
Rich Pinskey, one of the founders of Ignite the Spirit, explained how the winner are chosen.
“Each board member gets to nominate anybody they like, and the selection is based on someone they feel has done great things for Ignite throughout the year and has been a person who has supported the charity and gone above and beyond for the Ignite family.”
“We want to recognize the people that make us great, and Rosecrance and Mr. Eaton have definitely provided that by being a major partner in our Run for the Kids.”