ANNUAL (UN)DINNER FEATURING THE HONORABLE JAMES LEACH '64 - MAY 13, 2021
Join Princeton alumni, parents, students, and friends as we gather virtually and hear remarks from Honorable James Leach '64, former 30-year member of the House of Representatives and chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
We are also excited to honor fellow Tigers Marquis Parker '99 S02 for service to Princeton and Bruce Rosenberg '69 for service to our Chicagoland community.
We hope that many of you will consider reserving Benefactor, Patron, or Sponsor tickets and help to ensure the success of this event and the health of our Princeton Club of Chicago. Your support enables us to offer special discounted rates for recent grads, current students, and Princeton AlumniCorps (formerly Princeton Project 55) fellows, and host newly admitted students in the Class of 2025. Your generosity will be noted in the event program. THANK YOU!
Reserve by clicking on the yellow highlighted link below. Scroll down for speaker and awardee bios and details on how to order optional cocktail kits and explore dinner selections from Princeton-affiliated restaurants!
The Princeton Club of Chicago
cordially invites you and your guests to
virtually attend the
2021 Annual (UN)Dinner
Thursday, May 13, 2021
This year’s event features
The Honorable James Leach '64
"Is There A Future in Bipartisanship?"
The Club will also honor
Bruce Rosenberg '69
John Fish '55 Distinguished Service to the Community Award
Marquis Parker '99 S02
Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award
We may be virtual this year, but Orange and Black attire is always welcome!
PLEASE JOIN A FEW MINUTES EARLY SO THAT WE MAY START ON TIME
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Tiger 'Tail Virtual Cocktail Reception (optional)
Concoct Princeton-themed cocktails and engage in a mixologist-led session with The Violet Hour
- please note that tickets for this reception must be purchased by May 9 @ 6 pm via the link(s) at the bottom of this page -
5:30 p.m. - Pre-Event Social
Gather early on-line for casual conversation
(Note that this is separate from the optional Tiger 'Tail Virtual Cocktail Reception)
6:00 p.m. - Opening Remarks and Awards Presentation
6:30 p.m. - Keynote and Q&A with James Leach '64
To purchase tickets for the optional Tiger 'Tail Virtual Cocktail Reception and
to explore dinner offerings from PRINCETON-AFFILIATED restaurants, scroll down to the bottom of this page
but PLEASE make sure you register for the event ALSO
Honorable James Leach '64
Jim served as the 9th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities before accepting an appointment as the inaugural University of Iowa Chair in Public Affairs and Visiting Professor of Law in the College of Law. Prior to heading the NEH, Leach was a Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and Interim Director of the Institute of Politics and Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School. Leach’s brief stint in academia was preceded by 30 years of service as a Member of Congress where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and the bi-cameral Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations and formerly served as a trustee of Princeton University.
Leach graduated with honors from Princeton, received an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins, and did additional graduate studies at the London School of Economics. He is the recipient of the Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award, the Adlai Stevenson Award from the United Nations Association, the Sidney R. Yates Award from the National Humanities Alliance, the Edger Wayburn Award from the Sierra Club, the Norman Borlaug Award for Public Service, the Wesley Award for Service to Humanity, and the Woodrow Wilson Medal from Princeton.
A three-sport athlete in college, Leach was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Leach has two children -- Gallagher and Jenny -- and resides in Iowa City with his wife Elisabeth (Deba).
Bruce Rosenberg '69, John Fish '55 Distinguished Service to the Community Award
Bruce has been a member of the Princeton Club of Chicago for over fifty years and a director of the Leadership Group for the past eleven. He is devoted to community service efforts in the city of Chicago with a particular passion for supporting and mentoring students from under-resourced communities and helping them to realize their potential. He is a dedicated leader of the Princeton in Chicago Schools (PICS) program, a partnership established in 1990 with Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Albany Park neighborhood. He has been a tireless volunteer math tutor for the past 25 years and a key member of the PICS Scholarship Committee, which awards college scholarships to high school seniors, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. Bruce is committed to the success of students at Roosevelt and continues to offer counsel and support as they navigate the challenges of college life. Bruce has also been a volunteer with the Chicago Scholars program since 2015, staffing job fairs, interview workshops, and assisting with college essay writing labs.
Bruce graduated from Princeton with a degree in Economics and is a self-employed CPA in Chicago. He and his wife, Debbie, enjoy traveling and have visited all 50 states, all seven continents and all 63 of the United States National Parks - the most recent one, New River Gorge, in West Virginia in April.
Marquis Parker '99 S02, Arnold M. Berlin '46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award
Marquis is the Global Head of M&A Integration and Transformation for Relativity, a Chicago-based software company in the LegalTech space. Previously he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and a strategy and operations executive at Aon plc. Outside of work, he helps wife Traci Burch '02 chase their son Thomas around and participates in a range of other activities, including mentoring students and young professionals, travel, sports (huge Bulls fan), and advising people on careers and graduate education.
Marquis has been a member of the Princeton Club of Chicago Leadership Team since 2011. He served for eight years as Chair of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for Chicago and currently serves on the National Board. He mentors AlumniCorp/Project 55 fellows, interviews applicants to Princeton every year, and is an active supporter of the Princeton Club Diversity events.
In service to Princeton, Marquis helped to plan the 2019 Thrive: Celebrating and Empowering Princeton’s Black Alumni conference as a member of the steering committee, serves as a leader in Princeton's Connect Initiative (alumni giving effort targeted at Black Princeton alums), and continues as a mock interviewer for current students through an initiative with Princeton's Career Services Office.
Marquis graduated with a degree in Computer Science and also holds an M.B.A. and M.A. in Education from Stanford University (2006) and an M.S. in Management of IT from the University of Virginia (2003).
** COCKTAILS AND DINNER OPTIONS **
TIGER 'TAIL VIRTUAL RECEPTION @ 5-6 PM on MAY 13 with THE VIOLET HOUR
Rooted in pre-prohibition style libations, The Violet Hour's James Beard Award-winning bar program features a seasonally rotating cocktail list.
$55 Mini cocktail kit + 1 hour long virtual demo by mixologist Abe. RESERVE BY MAY 9 @ 6 pm. PICK-UP and DELIVERY on MAY 12.
Includes Princeton-themed drinks:
"The Orange Moon" (old fashioned) and "The Tiger Roar" (whiskey sour) using Turmeric and Saffron Syrup.
OPTION 1: PICK UP your cocktail kit from The Violet Hour (1520 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622) on May 12 between 4-8 pm: CLICK HERE FOR PICK-UP
OPTION 2: Have your cocktail kit DELIVERED (additional $20) on May 12 within a 25 mile radius: CLICK HERE FOR DELIVERY
BAR ROMA - 5101 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
Specializes in meatballs, house made pasta and wood-fired dishes highlighting the cuisine of Rome.
For both options below, enter “Princeton” in the notes section to receive a free dessert with your order!
OPTION 1: Click this link: GrubHub. Order as you normally would for delivery to your home up to 7 days in advance.
OPTION 2: Place PICK-UP orders on 5/13 only at the Bar Roma website: https://www.barromachicago.com/, ready for pick-up after 5pm.
THE DEARBORN - 145 N Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Stylish American hangout serving market-driven eats & cocktails in handsome architectural digs.
To order pre-paid pick-up, please CLICK THIS LINK. Orders must be placed by 5/11.
To learn more about the restaurant, visit: https://www.thedearborntavern.com/
ROBERT'S PIZZA AND DOUGH COMPANY - 465 N McClurg Court, Chicago, IL 60611
Stylish, river-front pizzeria & craft cocktail bar offering thin-crust artisan pies with creative toppings & global flavors.
From now through 5/14, use PROMO CODE: TIGER2021 for 20% off orders of $20 or more placed via phone 312-265-1329 or via the Robert’s Pizza online platform, which has a delivery radius of 2 miles. On 5/13, order via GrubHub or DoorDash and receive automatic 20% discount - No code needed. To learn more about the restaurant, visit: https://www.robertspizzacompany.com/
SOUTH LOOP CLUB - 701 S State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Sports bar and grill with extensive beer list located in the South Loop for 30+ years!
To learn more about the restaurant, visit: https://www.thesouthloopclub.com/
TABLE DONKEY AND STICK - 2728 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Award-winning restaurant and wine bar focusing on handmade breads, meats, and seasonal plates inspired by the culinary traditions of the Alps. 4-course menu created especially for the Princeton Club Dinner includes choice of famous charcuterie or cheese plate, then make your choices for appetizers and entrees, and finish with a decadent brown butter chocolate chip cookie. Each package $39.
To learn more about the restaurant, visit: http://tabledonkeystick.com/