Niles Night of Roses

A Tribute to Home Grown Success

The Niles Chamber of Commerce & Industry is thrilled to announce that the 2021 Night of Roses Awards Gala will be held Friday, October 22 at the White Eagle Events & Convention Center by Victoria. The evening will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception where you will have an opportunity to mingle with old friends and meet new ones. A delectable dinner will be served at 7:00pm followed by the main event, the announcement and presentation of the 2021 award recipients, at 8:00pm! For the second year in a row, the winners of the Night of Roses Awards will be chosen by the public. Cast your votes from September 1 to October 5, and then be sure to purchase tickets no later than October 18 in order to join us in-person to honor all our deserving nominees.

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Dollars For Scholars

Once again Night of Roses is partnering with Dollars for Scholars to raise funds for scholarships that are awarded to area students. Grand Raffle Tickets benefiting this program are on sale now for $50 each. One $3,000 first prize and two $1,000 secondary prizes will be drawn at the conclusion of the Night of Roses Gala. Additionally, on the night of the gala we will be holding a “Bouquet of Baskets” raffle. To participate simply purchase tickets at the door for $1 each (or 25 for $20), fill in the necessary information on the ticket stubs, and then drop them into the “baskets” of prizes you would like to win. Winners for each “basket” will be drawn prior to the grand raffle. To date Niles Dollars for Scholars has given out over $175,000 in scholarships and the Night of Roses raffles are its biggest fundraisers of the year!


Ads in the 2021 Night of Roses Program Book are now on sale.  This is a great way to advertise your organization and/or congratulate this year’s nominees.  The deadline to purchase ads and deliver creative assets is September 30.  Click HERE for available ads, prices, demensions, and other details.  Contact Alan Swanke at or 847-268-8180 to book your aid.

2021 nominees


Ken Scheel Chamber Member of the Year Award

Yannis Reglis: Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams ONEChicago and Chamber Committee Member. He has been a part of the chamber two separate times and has gone above and beyond for the community donating his time, services and passion to each chamber event.

Kimberly Robaczewski-Smith: Facility Manager of Athletico on Touhy and Chamber Treasurer and committee chair for membership retention and recruitment. Kimi promotes all efforts for the Chamber and gives 100% into every role she does. She exemplifies enthusiasm for whatever task she is given.

Suzanne Wulf: Head of Digital Services for Niles-Maine District Library and Chamber Second Vice President. She has built and/or strengthened many connections in the community with her networking abilities and through her work at the Chamber. She has volunteered on many committees with the chamber and was instrumental in bringing the popular Niles Morning Network to its home at the library.

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital: Provides the community with world class health care especially during the pandemic.

Chick-fil-A Niles: Demonstrates significant community involvement and ongoing support of the Chamber.

Niles-Maine District Library: Delivers valuable resources and services to businesses, citizens, schools, and the Chamber at no cost.

Niles Citizen of the Year Award

Rev. Constantine “Father Dean” P. Botsis: Has led the congregation of Holy Taxiarhai & St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church for 38 years, developed the annual Big Greek Food Fest, and continuously reaches out to those in need in the community through Meals on Wheel and other programs.

Julie Genualdi: Her contributions to the Niles Community include participation and leadership within the Park District Board of Commissioners, the Economic Development & Neighborhood Renewal Commission, the Liponi Foundation, the Sister Cities Association, St. John Brebeuf, Notre Dame College Prep, and the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics IL.

Ronald Strzelecki Jr.: A lifelong resident of Niles and the multiple “Star Awards” winning Sewer & Water Supervisor that routinely goes above and beyond to support the community by assisting citizens with Public Works matters that are often well outside of his job responsibilities even going so far as to personally pay material costs for a less fortunate resident.

Small Business of the Year Award

Aqua Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Services: One stop shop for all plumbing and HVAC services with 5-star service.

Chasers Sports Bar & Grill: Quintessential sports bar and grill since 1992.

Faller Insurance: In business since 1948, specialize in providing individuals, families, and businesses with quality insurance.

Family Dentistry of Niles-LaMantia and Mazanek, D.D.S.: Serving the dental needs of Niles citizens of all ages for nearly 35 years.

Phoenix Flame: Passionate about bringing a delicious mix of Mediterranean & Latin food to the community.

Pulse Technology: Office technology partner providing IT services, office technologies, office products and more to help businesses run smoother.

Public Safety Award of Excellence

All Niles Fire Department Firefighters & Paramedics: From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they worked quickly to develop and institute the new techniques and protocols necessary to protect our community from this terrible disease. They have been responding, treating and transporting COVID patients from the beginning of the pandemic, and continue to do so today.

Tony Dati: A Niles Public Works employee for approximately 20 years that has relentlessly pursued professional development in order to improve efficiency, quality, and safety for his entire team. Tony is an active member of the IL Arborist Association and serves on many village committees in his role as Streets Superintendent.

Sergeant Kelly Eckardt: The first female supervisor in the history of the Niles Police Department and the driving force behind recent improvements to the Support Services Division. In 2020 Sergeant Eckardt was further tasked with managing department wide pandemic measures and coordinating the wakes/funerals of three PD staff members killed in a tragic accident in Texas.

Tom Powers: As Village Engineer and Deputy Director of the Public Works Department, he has spearheaded numerous pedestrian safety projects including the Howard Street reconstruction and the future installation of sidewalks along Golf Rd, Milwaukee Ave, and Greenwood Ave. He serves on the Niles Bike and Pedestrian Plan Advisory Group.

Ronald Strzelecki Jr.: The recipient of numerous “Star Awards” for his exemplary service as Sewer and Water Supervisor with Niles Public Works. He has also recently been bestowed with the Awards of Merit from both the American Public Works Association Chicago Metro Chapter and its Suburban Branch.

Andrew Wywrot: As Code Enforcement Inspector in the Community Development Department, he takes the time to understand each individual case and works with the business owner or resident to compassionately work out a plan to get their property to meet necessary safety standards.

Dedication to Youth Excellence Award

Seyun Jeoung: Chief Master Instructor and 6th Degree Black Belt of Max Martial Arts. For over 23 years he has taught the youth of Niles Martial Arts, good eating habits, self-confidence, respect for their parents, and discipline. His attitude and presence is always positive and fun.

Bob Kostuch: Director of Student Activities for Notre Dame College Prep. He is the instrumental leader of over 30 clubs at the school, lead the development of “Community Days” during the COVID-19 pandemic, and always makes the wellbeing of the students his number one priority.

Aaron Roberson: Assistant Superintendent for District 63. Responsible for designing and managing the district’s entire educational program and curriculum. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he quickly designed an in-depth and comprehensive remote learning program that enabled continuity of learning.

Distinguished Voluntary Service Award

Tony Dati: A volunteer for decades for numerous Niles charities and activities including the Niles Park District, Niles-Maine District Library, local schools, the Chamber and Village events. He also assembles care packages and meals for local residents.

Liz Marfia-Ash: President and founder of the GRIN2B foundation, which provides support, resources, education, and scientific information to families of children living with GRIN2B (a rare neurodevelopmental disorder).

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Awarded to Dean Strzelecki


Dean has lived in Niles most of his life and started his career at the Niles Police Department in the late 1970s. Dean worked his way up the ranks eventually serving as Chief of Police from 2004 until he retired in 2014. For decades Dean has volunteered his time for countless causes, served on numerous committees, boards, and commissions. All his efforts, time commitments, dedication is always in the best interest of Niles and the community. He has served in elected positions always being fair and accessible to listen and understand. He constantly works to make Niles a better place. He has inspired others to get involved in their community and he is a role model to many. He exemplifies respect, kindness and hard work.

Over the decades, Dean has been recognized for his dedication and applauded for his accolades. In 1995, Dean received the Niles Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. He has held board positions and Past President status in the Niles Optimist Club, the Niles Chamber of Commerce and the Liponi Foundation for Special Recreation, which funds an organization that provides recreation to individuals with special needs. In 2014 Dean was honored with the Director Emeritus Status (Director for Life) in the Niles Chamber of Commerce. He has held board positions on the St. John Brebeuf Athletic Board and the Northwest Italian American Society where he received the Man of the Year award in 1993. He was also honored as the Polish American Police Association Man of the Year in 2004.

Dean is genuinely a person who wants to make a difference. He has spent most of his life working in Niles and for Niles. A family man, who loves his wife, kids, and grand kids, he also loves his community. Dean earns the respect of those he meets and inspires people to be better, do better and contribute more. He believes in helping others especially those less fortunate.