Featuring Scott Cross, who broke his four-decade silence to courageously testify that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert molested him.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, founder and board chair of the Will County Children's Advocacy Center, held a special evening with emcee Scott Slocum of WJOL - 1340 AM Radio, honoring those who have gone above and beyond for children who have endured physical and sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, child pornography, neglect, and exposure to violence.

5:30 PM: Cocktails (Cash Bar)
6:00 PM: Dinner & Program


Featured speaker:  Scott J. Cross

...who broke his four-decade silence to courageously testify that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert molested him in a high school locker room when he was a teenager.

He spoke about his experience as a survivor, and the importance of supporting the work of the Will County Children's Advocacy Center.


Founder’s Awards

  • CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY - Scott Paddock, President/CEO
  • JOHN BAYS, Owner & President, Bays Investment Corporation

Glen Marcum Selfless Dedication to Community Service Award

  • LARRY WALSH- Will County Executive

MDT Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • DET. SHAWN FILIPIAK - Joliet Police Department
  • ROSA FRIAS - Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
  • MARY FILLIPITCH - Will County State's Attorney's Office

Men Who Cook Heroes
Cooks, Sponsors, Planning Committee Members, & Volunteers

Heroic Volunteerism Award

  • ALAN & NANCY NOWACKI - Nowacki Insurance

Heroic Service Awards

  • PLAINFIELD JUNIOR WOMAN’S CLUB- Kristen Robertson, President
  • JOLIET TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL - Dr. Mike Hanson, Joliet Central H.S. Key Club, and Joliet West H.S. Students of Service Club

Heroic Philanthropy Awards

  • CITGO LEMONT REFINERY- Dennis Willig, Vice President and General Manager
  • ANIMAL CARE CENTER OF SHOREWOOD - Dr. Tony Kremer & Dr. Robert Buchanan

Heroic Action Awards

  • MAYOR JIM HOLLAND - Village of Frankfort
  • LAURIE SUMMERS- Will County Board, Dist. 1

Help us continue to provide hope, healing & justice for abused children.

Last year, the Will County Children's Advocacy Center served more than 700 Will County children (and their non-offending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime.

Children who have been victimized, and receive services are less likely to: abuse drugs or alcohol, grow up to become victims of domestic violence, become involved in some sort of criminal activity, suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or develop suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Your financial gift can make a profound difference in changing a child’s life.