Niles Night of Roses

A Tribute to Home Grown Success

2020 has been a year to remember – and Night of Roses will be no different! We were forced to postpone and postpone, but we still have winners to announce and celebrate. We have raffle tickets to sell which support our scholarships that are given to graduating seniors!  Pandemic or not we are still supporting our scholarship students!!  So, although we will not be able to gather in a large group – we will gather virtually!!  Stay tunes for details Night of Roses LIVE on October 16!! Meanwhile, we are still selling raffle tickets to support our scholars – they are just $50 each and you can win the Grand Prize of $3000 or one of two $1000 prizes!! And Best of all you get to support the youth of Niles!!  We promise – THIS WILL be a night to remember!!

Thank You for Voting!

Winners will be announced at our LIVE broadcast October 16!!


Bob Wordel Living Legend Award

Born in July 1949 in Chicago, IL in the Austin neighborhood, Mike Shields has been an Illinois resident his entire life. Through attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana from 1967-1971 achieving a Bachelor of Economics, followed by the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business earning his MBA. Mike has a wealth of knowledge and experience through his years of Strategic Planning, development, process improvements, area planning, and more. He has become an influential piece of Niles in the 50+ years he has been a resident.

Mike moved to Niles, IL in 1972, after marrying his wife Karen. They raised two children in the Niles community and are very happy with Niles, the local schools and organizations. Mike has served on several committees in the Village of Niles, Comprehensive Plan Implementation, Bi-Modal Transportation Steering, Economic Development and Neighborhood Renewal Commission, Comprehensive Signage Sub-Committee, Niles Design District, etc. He has put his heart and soul into Niles and it has shown!

Corporate Citizen of the Year Nominees

Summit Industries

Summit Industries is committed to creating a leading company comprised of a well-trained workforce that uses best practices to meet customer and market needs. They have been in Niles since 2017 and have displayed an effective and quality product that Niles can be proud of!

Shure Incorporated

Shure is a shining start in the Niles community! They are generous, dedicated and empathetic. They strive to be a community partner and build relationships with their staff and are influential in creating a safe and developed Niles community!

Bear Family McDonalds

Bear Family McDonald’s has been owned and operated in Niles for 52 years. They are community-driven and influential in our local schools! They have hosted over 30 McTeacher Night Fundraisers in Niles and give thousands of dollars to schools and service organizations.

Ken Scheel Chamber Member of the Year

Jeff Curry – State Farm Insurance

Jeff is instrumental in the Niles Chamber! He served as the President for 2 consecutive years and has gone above and beyond to service the Niles Chamber. He supports the Chamber and local community in every effort he can. Through countless hours spent strategizing, attending and sponsoring events at the Niles Chamber, he has created a legacy that will live on!

Judy McNulty – Niles-Maine District Library

Judy is at every new business ribbon cutting, community event, Village committee meeting, etc. She dedicates her time and efforts in building a better and stronger Niles community every single day! She is always smiling and always willing to help!

Yannis Reglis – Brunch Cafe

Yannis is the face of Niles! He is a generous business owner with a passion for supporting the Niles community. He works hard to ensure his patrons, staff and community members feel at home every time they visit Brunch Café. He brings energy to the Niles Chamber and exemplifies what it means to be homegrown success!

Niles Citizen of the Year

Alan Zielinski 

Alan is the owner of Better Kitchens, Inc. and is a dedicated resident of Niles! He serves on multiple Village committees and is instrumental in the development of the Niles Design District. He strives to grow and promote the community of Niles!

Joe LoVerde 

Joe has been part of Niles for over 40 years, from being a Village Trustee to a Park District Commissioner, Joe has gone above and beyond for Niles. There have been many teens and adults who have participated in programs that Joe has developed and cultivated in the 17+ years he has spent with the Niles Park District. Joe exemplifies what it means to be a dedicated Citizen both in his professional and personal life.

Small Business of the Year

Izzy’s Arcade Bar 

Izzy’s Arcade Bar is a fantastic addition to the Niles community! They offer arcade games that create a fun and engaging atmosphere, a fresh take on a bar. The Izzy’s staff is welcoming and enthusiastic to help you make the right beer or appetizer choice and are a strong partner in the Niles community. They are always looking for ways to better support the Niles residents.

Pilorum Spa & Salon 

Pilorum Spa & Salon makes every client feel special! Their energy charged atmosphere paired with an epic staff, offers not just a hair styling but an experience! They have been consistent and reliable since day one. Each and every person is treated like family!

Joe Donut

Joe Donut has come in with a splash! They are bringing new faces in the Village of Niles and have created a sense of community on their corner. Good food, great staff and a good personality have created a packed restaurant every single weekend!

Distinguished Voluntary Service

Roberta Tellefsen 

Roberta volunteers as Chair of the Niles Garden Club and as a library gardener at the Niles-Maine District Library. Her enthusiasm for learning through experience, willingness to share her joy of plants, and the fun she brings to gardening with other is infectious. She has lead the Niles Garden Club at Farm on Franks for several years, where they have grown many pounds of produce for the Niles Food Panty patrons.

Denise McCreery 

Denise serves as a Village trustee, volunteers on numerous committees, but more than that she lives and breathes Niles. She works tirelessly to promote the Niles community both within Niles and beyond our borders. She donates countless hours to this pursuit.

Debi Gajewski

Debi puts her family, friends, and community first above herself!  She is known as Mrs. Clause to everyone in Niles!  She volunteers reading, teaching and giving her stories to the community of Niles.  Additionally, she was the force behind the creation of the Niles Artisan Guild which works to promote a love of art throughout Niles.

Dedication to Youth Excellence

Sheila Wheatley – Mark Twain School 

Sheila Wheatley, LSW, has served as Mark Twain School’s Social Worker since 2013 – she has been no stranger to D63, having held the position at Melzer School during the 2010-2011 school year. She is present and engaged every single day, helping students navigate their way toward success. The key to Sheila’s own excellence is her deep understanding that healthy families are integral to student success.

John Petitt – Culver School 

John has been a Special Education teacher at Culver School in Niles for 29 years. He is committed to enriching the lives of special education students in their development, not only as students, but as individuals. Through coaching basketball and volleyball, to volunteering, etc. John has shown his dedication to the Niles youth and their success. After the 2020 school year, John will be retiring

Lindsey Brubaker – Niles Park District 

Lindsay has worked at the Niles Park District since she was a teenager in 2000 – she currently serves as the Director of Development. Her sincerity and drive are a true asset to Niles and to the youth of Niles. She helps the kids gain confidence, develop their skills, and be better citizens. She advocates for the youth with the business community with unbridled enthusiasm.

Public Safety Award of Excellence

Fred Braun – Village of Niles Public Works

Fred serves as Niles Public Works Director and has dedicated his career to perfecting the art of public safety through public works. He has re-written the book on how Public Works, Niles Fire Department & Niles Police Department work together and has taught his staff that you do not need to wear a badge to play a role in public safety – Public Works – first into the storm, last to leave after clean-up.

Scott Guerino – Niles Fire Department

Scott serves as Niles Fire Department District Chief.  Scott has taken the Niles Fire Department Community Risk Reduction program to a new level.   He has implemented the Citizen Fire Academy, a new fire alarm installation program for Niles residents, and coordinates regular CPR training for the public & businesses in and around Niles.

Fotis Markadas – Niles Police Department

Fotis has served the Village of Niles for over 17 years from Community Service Officer to Police Office to currently a Field Training Officer.  He trains many of our newest officers in the “right way of doing things” so that each officer is equipped with the tools to be successful.  Fotis balances his strong work ethic with a dedicated family life and committed volunteer efforts throughout Niles including Coffee with a Cop and Cop of Top which raises money for Special Olympics.