ANNUAL DINNER FEATURING LESTER MUNSON '62 - APRIL 25, 2019
Join fellow alumni, parents, and friends as we hear remarks from Lester Munson '62, former ESPN sportswriter and legal analyst, in conversation with Mary J. Newburn '97. We will also honor Robert J. Khoury '90 and Edie Canter '80 for their service to Princeton and to our Chicagoland community. Please see below for more information about our distinguished speaker and awardees!
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The Princeton Club of Chicago
cordially invites you and your guests to the
2019 Annual Dinner
Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:00 p.m. - Reception for Benefactors
5:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. - Dinner
University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL
Valet parking available
This year’s dinner features
Lester Munson '62
Former ESPN Sportswriter and Legal Analyst
"Chicago Sports: The Good and the Bad"
in conversation with
Mary J. Newburn '97
The Club will also honor
Edie Canter '80
John Fish '55 Distinguished Service to the Community Award
Robert J. Khoury '90
Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award
Reservations will be held at the door
Business attire, please no jeans or tennis shoes
Orange and Black always welcome!
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Kosher-style meal available - please note any dietary restrictions
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Lester Munson '62
For 30 years, Lester Munson ’62 has investigated and written about money, celebrity, violence, sex, drugs, race, gender, greed, falls from grace, court decisions, and government actions in the sports industry. He has served on the staffs of The National Sports Daily, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN. His most recent assignments include domestic violence and sexual assaults among college and professional athletes, litigation over concussions in the National Football League, the growth of sports gambling, the use of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds, the murder prosecution of Aaron Hernandez, antitrust litigation in which college players seek cash payment for their play, and labor issues in professional sports. He has won awards for his journalism, and his work has appeared in the annual series “The Best American Sportswriting.”
Munson is a graduate of Princeton University where he was Chairman of the Daily Princetonian and of the University of Chicago Law School. He offers commentary frequently on the Chicago affiliates of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service and other broadcast outlets. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and serves as an adjunct instructor at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. He is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. He and his wife Judy, an attorney who specialized in public health issues, reside in Chicago.
Edie Canter '80, John Fish '55 Distinguished Service to the Community Award
Currently a consultant to nonprofits focusing on development, strategic planning and organizational management, Edie Canter ’80 has been involved in community service work, as a professional or volunteer, since her time at Princeton.
Most recently, Edie served from 2011-2018 as Executive Director of Chicago Debates, an education nonprofit that enhances the academic success of Chicago Public School students through debate. Under her leadership, the organization saw unprecedented growth in student impact and garnered numerous major grants and awards. Previously, Edie was Director of Development and Communications for Leadership Greater Chicago, and principal of Persuasion Plus, a nonprofit writing consultancy. Edie transitioned into the nonprofit sector in 1999, after practicing law full-time for 15 years, with a concentration in complex litigation.
Among her volunteer activities, Edie serves on the Leadership Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Leadership Development Committee of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation. She has had leadership or volunteer roles at Women Employed, Chicago HOPES for Kids and more. Edie is active in Princeton Diversity Chicago, Princeton Prize in Race Relations and the Princeton In Chicago Schools Scholarship Committee.
Edie received her A.B. from Princeton in 1980, from the Woodrow Wilson School, and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1984. Edie enjoys city life with her husband Fred Wellisch, a professor at Depaul, and daughter Julia Wellisch, a college senior.
Robert J. Khoury '90, Arnold M. Berlin '46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award
Rob served as President of the Princeton Club of Chicago (PCC) and currently serves as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. He has also been VP of Career Networking whereby the PCC won the Committee on Regional Associations Award for Innovation for its annual December Summer Intern Luncheon. Rob was on the 20th and 25th Reunion Campaign teams, organizing and hosting events for the great Class of 1990. Rob has served Princeton as an Alumni Schools Committee interviewer and as a Regional Annual Giving team member for over a decade. While at Princeton, Rob was a walk-on Varsity Wrestler and was House Chairman of the Cap and Gown Club.
In addition to his service to Princeton, Rob currently is a Board of Trustees Member and Chair of the Development Committee for Providence Country Day School in Rhode Island. He is a Boy Scout Troop Finance Committee member. Over the past 21 years, Rob has led or participated in ontologically transformative seminars for Landmark Worldwide.
Rob was an Electrical Engineering major at Princeton and earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Rob is an entrepreneur and private equity investor. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Agile Rainmakers in the Gold Coast, where he lives with his wife Mary, son William, and daughter Eloise.
Mary J. Newburn '97
Mary counts her four years at Princeton as some of the most transformative in her life, and sees the alumni journey as an exciting extension of that experience. As an undergraduate, Mary majored in politics, was a two-year varsity letter winner on the women’s basketball team, a member of Cap and Gown, and treasurer of her senior class. After graduation, she served the Class of 1997 as vice president, and as a member of the Special Gifts team for the 5th reunion.
After attending the Princeton Club of Chicago’s Annual Dinner and knowing virtually no one in the room, she joined the PCC leadership team over ten years ago, and has since served the Club in many roles, including president and vice president. Presently, she serves as a member of Chicago’s Princeton Prize in Race Relations scholarship committee and is focused on the club’s welcoming efforts. At the University level, she is vice chair of the Committee on Regional Associations, a committee on which she has served since 2015, and additionally is a member of the Alumni Association's Committee on Awards for Service to Princeton. Mary received the Arnie Berlin '46 Award for Service to Princeton in 2018.
Mary lives in Lakeview with her husband, Jade (a Brown alumnus often mistaken for a Princetonian), and sons Nicholas and William.