Jim Catanzaro to be Honored by Phi Beta Sigma

Jim Catanzaro to be Honored by Phi Beta Sigma

Lake Forest College Head Football Coach Jim Catanzaro will be among the honorees when the Lake County Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Inc. recognizes local businesses and community leaders during its 1st Annual Blue and White Ball on October 11 at the Milan Banquet Hall in Waukegan.

The Nu Lambda Sigma Chapter also will announce the recipients of its 2014 Scholarships during the night's festivities, which also will commemorate the national organization's Centennial Celebration.

The organization will present Phi Beta Sigma Sapphire Awards to local businesses, organizations and individuals who have exemplified leadership and commitment to the fraternity's three national programs:  Bigger and Better Business, Education, and Social Action with a special award for Military Service.

The award's title embodies the organization's colors "royal blue and pure white" as well as its motto, "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity." Award recipients were selected through an in-depth and competitive nomination process. This year's awardees are as follow:



Organizational Role

Name of Organization

Award Category

Ron Paulson

Director, Grainger Community Grant Program

W.W. Grainger, Inc.


Lisa Robertson

Senior Marketing Manager, Black Business Network

Abbvie, Inc.


Brian Biliskis

Customer Business Leader

Mondelēz International


Mark Lowry

Regional Director

American Cancer Society

Social Action & Wellness

Kathy Voss

Lake County Chair

March of Dimes

Social Action & Wellness

Jim Catanzaro

Head Football Coach

Lake Forest College


Jerry Weber


College of Lake County


Roycealee J. Wood

Regional Superintendent of Schools, Lake County, IL

Lake County Schools


Joseph Banks

Commander, Director of Logistics

United States Navy

Military Service


The Honorable Brother Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., the 34th International President of Phi Beta Sigma Inc., will deliver the keynote address. Master of Ceremony will be Jason McKie, former member of the Chicago Bears and the current Radio Host for 87.7FM "The Game Chicago."

Members of the community are encouraged to attend the Blue and White Ball and support the men of Phi Beta Sigma of Lake County in their continued service to the community.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit the fraternity's website at: http://www.nlsigma1914.org/


Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is an international organization of college and professional men, predominantly of African- American origin. From its inception, Phi Beta Sigma has been open to men of all races, religions, classes and national origins. The fraternity holds as its motto, "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity." The organization has its international headquarters in Washington, D.C., and has more than 175,000 alumni and collegiate members in more than 500 chapters in the U.S., the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. It conducts national programs in education; social action and bigger and better business; a youth mentorship program of Sigma Beta Clubs for young men from 8 to 18; and a Sigma Wellness program in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.