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Awards and interviews

Since 1975 founder/CEO, Daniel F. Bassill has
been recognized with numerous awards
and has been interviewed in dozens of print,
TV, radio and Internet media stories.
A list newspaper stories can be seen at this link.
Additional articles and award links
can be found on the T/MC web site.


Some of the most prominent awards and recognition are:

  • "Thank You Dan" Card from students and volunteers of the Montgomery Ward/Cabrini-Green Tutoring Program - 1989-90 - https://www.slideshare.net/tutormentor/thank-you-dan-card-198990-from-students-and-volunteers

  • March 2009 - Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection article featured on Oprah's Angel Network web site - http://oprahsangelnetwork.org/stories/555-cabrini-green-mentor-expands-networks-for-students

  • November 2008 - Dan Bassill recognized as one of five Chicago Local Heroes™ by Bank of America
    Learn more at http://www.bankofamerica.com/foundation/index.cfm?template=fd_neighborexcell

  • Jan. 2008 - selected as one of six charities in world to receive year end donation from HSBC International

  • Jan 2007 - June 2008 - Calendar of High Quality Complementary Learning Activities for Afterschool Programs includes Cabrini Connections - Published by Learning Point Associates

  • 2004 Shining Examples of Liberal Arts Leadership by the Associated Colleges of Illinois

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa degree from Illinois Wesleyan University on Sept. 5, 2001
  • Appointed by Governor George Ryan of Illinois to serve as a Commissioner on the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service beginning September 2001; reappointed in 2007
  • Publisher’s Clearing House 1999 Good as Gold Award received on Dec. 31, 1999 in a nationally televised segment of Montel Williams TV show (see photo above)
  • Bassill served as one of ten Chicago delegates for the 1997 Presidents' Summit For America's Future
  • Selected as a Giraffe in 1997, for consistently sticking neck out to help others, by the Giraffe Foundation. Two Giraffes have won Nobel Prizes.
  • 100 Big Hearts for Young Heroes, from LaRabida Hospital, presented June 27, 1996
  • Prime Mover Award - Garland C. Guice Grant Recipient, from The Target Group, June 13, 1996
  • MidAmerica Leadership Foundation "Resourcing Leadership Award", presented in April 1996
  • David Kellum Award, presented in February 1996 by the Baha'i House of Worship, to Cabrini Connections
  • Acacia National Fraternity Award of Merit, to Dan Bassill, October 1994
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Community Service Award, to Dan Bassill, March 1989
  • Chicago Volunteer Action Center Heart of Gold Award, presented in April of 1987, to Dan Bassill for volunteer service
  • Voluntary Action Award, presented by Voluntary Action Center, April 30 , 1982. Recognition as one of 10 outstanding volunteer organizations in the Chicago Area.
  • Chicago Sun Times Thomas Jefferson Award , presented in March of 1982, to Dan Bassill for volunteer service (see article)
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