Hearts of Gold

Hearts of Gold Banquet 2024 (5)The Village's Special Event's Commission recognizes people who live or work in the Village, and go above and beyond to give back to the Arlington Heights community. 

2024 Heart of Gold Winners Announced 
The Special Events Commission proudly announces the Village's 2024 Hearts of Gold Winners! Winners were selected for going above and beyond for our community! Congratulations to this year's winners!

  • Angie Dickey: Mentor Heart of Gold
  • Lupe Rothfus: Best Neighbor Heart of Gold
  • Amy Ohrt: Educator Heart of Gold
  • John Selzer: Young at Heart Heart of Gold
  • Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V & Br. Michael Gosch, C.S.V: Heroic Heart of Gold
  • Clare Corley: Young Champion Heart of Gold
  • Flo Trunk: Volunteer Heart of Gold
  • Ellen and Daniel Burkhardt: Community Spirit Heart of Gold
  • Jackie Lewis: Business Leader Heart of Gold
  • Kathy Hendricksen: Kenneth Bonder Beautification Heart of Gold
  • Bill Dussling: Pam Stocking Heart of Gold

Thank you to the Special Events Commission Sponsors! 
Heart of Gold Award Category Descriptions
  • MENTOR HEART OF GOLD recognizes an individual or organization who inspires others to excel, serves as a role model and provides leadership and mentoring that helps improve behavior, performance, and/or employment skills.  
  • BEST NEIGHBOR HEART OF GOLD recognizes a resident of Arlington Heights who consistently goes out of his or her way to make a significant impact on the life of a neighbor.
  • EDUCATOR HEART OF GOLD recognizes an educator who goes beyond expectations to teach others.  The recipient must live in, work in or teach those who reside in Arlington Heights. 
  • YOUNG AT HEART HEART OF GOLD recognizes a Senior in Arlington Heights who continues to actively and enthusiastically contribute to our community.  
  • HEROIC HEART OF GOLD recognizes a person whose actions changed the trajectory of another person’s life.  
  • YOUNG CHAMPION HEART OF GOLD recognizes a middle or high school student who has had an exceptional impact on the Arlington Heights community.
  • VOLUNTEER HEART OF GOLD recognizes an individual with a true volunteer spirit who contributes his or her time to one or more charitable or civic organizations in our village.  
  • COMMUNITY SPIRIT HEART OF GOLD recognizes an individual or group who sets high standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others with their community spirit.
  • BUSINESS LEADER HEART OF GOLD recognizes a business or organization that makes our village a better place to work and live through participation and/or philanthropic support of community organizations and programs.  
  • KENNETH M. BONDER BEAUTIFICATION HEART OF GOLD named for a former village manager, recognizes an individual or group that has created a sustained visual enhancement to the village.  
  • PAM STOCKING COMMUNITY SERVICE HEART OF GOLD recognizes an individual whose passion and spirit has impacted the village in a unique and special way.  
Past Heart of Gold Winners and Bios