October 24, 2014

Partner Craig C. Martin was honored on October 23, 2014 by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) at its Annual Leadership Dinner held at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Before a crowd of 400 attendees, he received the 2014 Leadership Award for his commitment to the organization and overall community.

A member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the BGCC since 1996, Craig was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of BGCC in 2011. Over the past three years, Craig has been instrumental in ushering BGCC into a new era: growing the board of directors with highly qualified individuals, highlighting BGCC as a leading provider of out-of-school programs in Chicago, and significantly growing the organization’s fundraising revenue. Under Craig’s stewardship, private-sector funding of the BGCC has increased to more than $6 million a year, which helps support 18 clubs that serve 2,000 children per day. Craig’s dedication and innovation came at a critical time, and has helped bring BGCC to the forefront of youth services in Chicago. Craig’s term as chairman ended earlier this year.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin spoke at the leadership dinner, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered video remarks about Craig’s involvement in the BGCC.

Past recipients of the Board of Directors’ most distinguished honor include the late Peer Pedersen, a prolific champion of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, and namesake of the Pedersen-McCormick Club in Chicago’s Uptown community; Ronald J. Gidwitz, a dedicated Chicago  philanthropist  and  outgoing  chairman  of  the  BGCA National Board of Governors; True Value Foundation, a corporate partner of more than three decades, providing millions of dollars in support and countless hours of hands-on support; and the late Jimmie R. Alford, a lifelong friend to the organization whose legacy lives on through the endowed internship program started in his name at  North Park University.

BGCC is dedicated to enabling “all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens” and inspires Chicago’s youth to develop character, leadership, and a willingness to serve their Clubs and community.

Craig, co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and he is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Club and the Economic Club of Chicago. He received the Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee in 2011 for his extraordinary commitment to philanthropic and civic endeavors.