Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation honors Lech Walesa
(from left) John and Tina Nassos of Wheaton with Craig Culbertson of Hinsdale
Benefiting: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago
Updated: May 8, 2012 11:06AM
Lech Walesa, who liberated his countrymen from Communism’s hold and served as Poland’s first democratically elected president since World War II, was honored with the Lincoln Leadership Prize by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation at a benefit dinner Feb. 9 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.
ALPLF CEO Carla Knorowski presented the award to the 1983 Nobel Laureate before 355 guests who helped raise more than $531,000.
“Everyone associated with our Foundation is so pleased that President Walesa accepted this honor and agreed to an exhibition highlighting his life and accomplishments that’s in our museum now,” said Knorowski.
The Foundation’s dinner and award honors an individual for a lifetime of service in the Lincoln tradition.
Established in 2006 by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, the Lincoln Leadership Prize recognizes outstanding leaders who have accepted the responsibilities imposed by history and demanded by conscience. Lech Walesa joins the late Tim Russert, astronaut Captain James A. Lovell Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu and retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, whom ALPLF has applauded for their lifetime of service marked by great strength of character, individual conscience and an unwavering commitment to the defining principles of democracy.
To learn more about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, please visit alplm.org.