Pat Sanders receives the Ronald L. Friske Award

Patricia Sanders received the Ronald L. Friske Award at the USO of Illinois Board of Directors Meeting on March 15, 2018 in honor of her many years of dedicated service to the USO. The award is presented annually by the USO of Illinois to an individual who has provided outstanding service and support to those that serve our nation: the men, women and families of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Friske Award is presented in honor and memory of Ronald L. Friske, a dedicated Director and Treasurer of the USO of Illinois.

Sanders served as the General Manager for Ravinia Festival. Patricia Sanders joined the USO of Illinois Board of Directors in 2002 and served as the Chairman of the Board from 2015 to 2016. During her time on the USO of Illinois Board of Directors, Sanders helped to facilitate thousands of in-kind ticket donations to Ravinia Festival concerts and events. These tickets were given, for free, to service members and their families to enjoy through the USO Tickets for Troops Program.

In addition, Sanders has donated more than $133,000 since joining the USO of Illinois Board of Directors. Pat can often be found at USO programs such as USO of Illinois’ annual Thanksgiving Dinner, where she dons an apron to serve a hot meal to troops and their families.

Thank you to Pat Sanders for her over a decade of dedicated service to the USO of Illinois, our military and their families.

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