Villa Park Rotary celebrates Olympic athletes

JUNE 2016

Olympic medalists from games past were hosted by the Rotary Club of Villa Park at its annual fundraising gala. (Courtesy of Turville Photography)

By Sentry Staff

Rotary Club of Villa Park honored 21 Olympic athletes at its annual fundraising gala, May 20. The nationally-recognized event, chaired by president-elect Dr. William Langstaff, celebrated the achievements of each individual athlete, many of whom live locally.

Boy Scout Troop 850 and Rotary InterAct students manned the silent auction and VIP room, and served dinner to the 275 guests at the BSA Outdoor Education Center.

Honored athletes shown on page 1 are, from left: President-elect Chad Zimmerman with Sharyn Glenn, swimming, 1974, 75, Special Olympics. Center, back row, left to right, Steve Hegg, men’s cycling, 1984; Kenny Fuller, men’s cycling, 1972, 1976; Michael Ker, men’s swimming, 1976; Logan Dooley, men’s gymnastics, 2012; Jimmy Wooley, men’s judo, 1972, 76; Peter Vidmar, men’s gymnastics, 1984; John Naber, men’s swimming, 1976; Andy Strenk, men’s swimming, 1968; Wayne Stetina, men’s cycling, 1972, 76; Bruce Furniss, mens swimming, 1976; John Howard, men’s cycling, 1968, 72, 76. Front row, left to right: Connie Paraskevin-Young, women’s cycling/speed skating, 1984, 88, 92, 96; Shirley Babashoff, women’s swimming,1972, 76; Denise Mueller, Project Speed, attempting to be the first woman to set a land speed record of 140 mph; Kyla Ross, women’s gymnastics, 2012; Cindy Brown, women’s basketball, 1988; and Ron Skarin, men’s cycling, 1972. Bottom right, Olympians Peter Vidmar, Jimmy Wooley (men’s judo, 1972, 76), Ron Skarin and Connie Paraskevin-Young socialize at the Rotary event.

Athletes not pictured included Paul Deem, men’s cycling, 1976; Julie Ertel, women’s water polo, triathlon, 2000, 08; Steve Pickell, men’s swimming, 1976; Andy Strenk, men’s swimming, 1968.