30th Annual Charity Ball

Friday, November 10th
Two Thousand Seventeen

2017 Buckholz Award Recipient

Heinz Kern
Tamar Productions, Inc.

Heinz Kern set the foundation for a long lasting partnership between the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago and Shelter, Inc. His focus was to support an agency that cared for abused children in the community. His legacy continues today.

Heinz is a warm gregarious person who welcomed everyone at Shelter, first hosting a Volunteer Reception for Shelter’s volunteers.

Over the year’s Heinz reached out to our children in many ways, He invited the boys and girls from the group homes to the hotel for Sunday brunch. This tradition went on for years. Our boys and girls had never been to a hotel and cherished this experience.

To make the holidays special, Heinz invited our Foster Parents and children to come to the hotel and paint a gingerbread house.

On several cold and wintery nights when there were heating problems at the group homes, Heinz always found a place for them to stay.

It was Heinz’s vision, so long ago, that resulted in the creation of the Charity Ball, at that time to raise funds for a boys home. It was his vision to establish a high level event to raise the necessary funds. His commitment to helping others is shared by his wife, Mary Ann Rose who worked hand in hand with him. Even after leaving the Hyatt he stayed connected and continued to support our mission.

The first year the expectations were very modest, $10,000. Imagine the surprise, when the event raised $66,000.

Heinz and the Hyatt staff have always made sure the children came first. We are so very fortunate that all of the Hyatt Managers have continued this special relationship with Shelter that was started over 30 years ago.

We are so very proud to present our highest honor, the 2017 Paul Buckholz Award, to Heinz Kern whose vision began it all.

Buckholz Award Winners

Pat Betz
2016

Jeffery Robinson
2015

Jim and Jan Dobbs
2014

Richard K. Sykes
2013

Michael and Margaret Tower
2012

Linda Divins
2010

Bob Pavlick
2007

Ron Buch
2006

Alan Portelli
2005

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg,
Chicago
2003

Carol Treslo
2002

Nancy Lazzaroni
2001

Matt Adams
1999

Judy Briesch
1998

Jim Walsh
1997

Pat LaMont
1996

Kris Howard
1995

Terry Francl
1994

Joe Sernett
1993

John Frindell
1992

Heinz Kern
1991

Geraldine Buckholz,
Widow of Paul Buckholz
1990

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