Local Legends Benefit

Local Legends presented by Annie and Greg Jones, Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, and Westminster Capital.

Each year, the History Center presents a new Local Legend, honoring someone who has contributed significantly to our community and the world.

This year we are proud to celebrate Edward J. Wehmer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wintrust Financial Corporation, as our 2022 award recipient, marking our thirteenth Local Legend.

Ed joins the ranks of Jim Lovell, Adrian Smith, John Bryan, Richard Marx, Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra, Mark and Franklin McMahon, Ellen Stirling, Ryne Sandberg, Marian Phelps Pawlick, Jack Schuler, Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss III, and Susan Garrett. 

Local Legends Benefit

We are thrilled to announce Ed Wehmer as our 2022 Local Legend!

A Community Man You Can Bank On

Ed Wehmer started Wintrust with some friends over a card table and a few cold beers. They wanted a bank that was an alternative to the big banks with a small-town vibe. In keeping with his values, Ed gives back by serving on many non-profit boards. His involvement in the community ensures that children and adults alike are both physically and financially healthy.

We are seeking sponsors to help honor our 2022 Local Legend and support the History Center's annual fundraiser.

  • Sponsors at the $500 level and above will receive:
    • Two tickets to the Local Legends event
    • Recognition in the pre-event slide show
    • Recognition in social media posts
    • Recognition on the Local Legends event website
    • Recognition on the lobby display at the History Center 
  • Sponsors at the $1,000 level and above receive the $500 sponsor benefits, plus:
    • Invitation to the exclusive Patron Sponsor event on October 6 at 6:00pm
    • Opportunity to send a written well-wish to be displayed in the pre-event slide show
  • $2,500 level and above receive the $1,000 sponsor benefits, plus:
    • Opportunity to videotape a well-wish to be displayed in the pre-event slide show
  • $5,000 level and above receive the $2,500 sponsor benefits, plus:
    • Recognition as a Key Sponsor in all materials, press releases, and story submissions about the event
  • $10,000 level and above receive the $5,000 sponsor benefits, plus:
    • Marquee status recognition with the phrase, "Local Legends presented by..."

To secure your sponsorship please submit electronic payment by CLICKING HERE or send your check payable to the HISTORY CENTER LAKE FOREST-LAKE BLUFF, attn. Lisa Frey, Development Director to 509 East Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045. 

Tickets to the Local Legends benefit are $100.00

To purchase tickets please CLICK HERE.

Patron Sponsor Roll Call 

Title Sponsor

Annie and Greg Jones

Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company

Westminster Capital

$5,000 Sponsor

The Hunter Family Foundation

Robin and Sandy Stuart

$2,500 Sponsor

Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Board

Northwestern Healthcare

$1,000 Sponsor

Prue and Frank Beidler

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bobins

Jerome and Marie Caruso

Winnie and Bob Crawford

Kathy and Jim Dasso

Happie and Prem Datt

Julie and Michael Eckert

Susan and Scott Garrett

David and Lauren Gorter

The Hale Family

David and Pamela Henkel

Eugene Hotchkiss

Anne Hunting

Jeanne and Fred Jackson

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Foundation

Tom and Marlene Lesko c/o Reb Storage Systems

Mr. and Mrs. John Lillard

Ellen and Jim Stirling

Bill and Daphine Schumann

Pamela and David Waud

$500 Sponsor

Angelo and Pat Bufalino

Dr. and Mrs. Doug Campbell

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bowen

Judy and Jerry Castellini

Charenton Zelov Drake

Maddie Dugan

David and Molly Forlow

Mary and John Ormsby

Debbie and Mark Saran

Dr. Kirk and Mrs. Nadine Shepard

Anne and Ron Taylor

Alain and Barbara Wood-Prince


Jackson D. Brown

Bridgette and John Doheny

Jill and Mike Havey

Dr. Mark Rudberg

Nancy and Tom Thomson


Special Thanks to our Media Sponsor Forest & Bluff magazine

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2022: Ed Wehmer

Susan Garrett Patron Sponsor Invite

2021: Hon. Susan Garrett

Gene Hotchkiss

2020: Dr. Eugene Hotchkiss

2019: Jack Schuler

2018: Marian Phelps Pawlick

2017: Ryne Sandberg

2016: Ellen Stirling

2015: Franklin and Mark McMahon

2014: Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra

2013: Richard Marx

2011: Adrian Smith

2010: Captain Jim Lovell