About the Teeter Award Celebration
Our Teeter Award Celebration is an annual event in May that honors community figures for a lifetime of volunteer work.
This year’s Teeter Award Celebration will be held on Friday, May 12th at 6 pm at Skylite West Banquets in Berwyn.
Since 1977, the Pav YMCA honors the memory of Berwyn resident Robert W. Teeter every year.
The Robert W. Teeter Award is named after a former, long-time resident of South Berwyn with an illustrious record of service in both Cicero and Berwyn. A former teacher at Morton East High School, Teeter founded the West Suburban Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1921. He was also affiliated with the Illinois State Hospital for Handicapped Children. Mr. Teeter also served as:
- Secretary of the Berwyn Park Commission
- a member of the board of a large Cicero Bank, and
- the first president of the Berwyn Kiwanis Club.
In fact, he was the composer of the National Kiwanis song. Throughout his career, he was also connected to the Chicago YMCA.
In memory of Bob Teeter, we recognize one outstanding community leader as the recipient of the Robert W. Teeter Award each year.
2017 Teeter Award Nomination Form
To nominate an individual for the 2017 Robert W. Teeter Award, a written or typed summary must be submitted.
The statement should be detailed and clearly outline how the candidate has influenced and dedicated themselves to our community. Additional information may be submitted if desired. Selection of the award recipient is based on this written statement. Nomination statements are due by Friday, March 17th at 5 pm.
The recipient of the award will be notified by the end of March, and the award itself will be presented on Friday, May 12th at the Pav YMCA’s annual Teeter Award Celebration.
2017 Teeter Award Sponsorship Form
Interested in sponsoring our annual Teeter Award Celebration? We would be happy to promote your business at our event. It's a great way to get your business in front of the community. Our event welcomes about 300 people per year. Download additional information, including the sponsorship form below.
Past Teeter Award Recipients
Gene Culbertson was the first Teeter Award recipient in 1977.
Jack R. Kubik, 1978
Allan Carr, 1979
Howard Gombiner, 1980
Rev. John Bollinger, 1981
Mary Hapac Karasek, 1982
Dr. Robert Gentry, 1983
Roger Smith, 1984
Lorin Fillmore, 1985
Dr. Joseph Discipio, 1986
Thomas Regan, 1987
Dr. Gary Smit , 1988
Frank Gariffo, 1990
Thomas Shaughnessy, 1991
Albert Ruzicka, 1992
Norman Scaman, 1993
Judy Baar Topinka, 1994
Ethel Carraro , 1995
Norma F. Zbasnik, 1996
James W. Reilly, 1997
Lois Palmer Huth, 1998
Vlasta Sneberger, 1999
Stanley Loula, 2000
Jean Rehor, 2001
Paul Hruby, 2002
Patrick J. Murphy, 2003
Edward A. Karasek, 2004
Joanne D. Zendol, 2005
Douglas R. Walega, 2006
Robert W. Giles, Ed.D., 2007
Anthony “Tony” Laureto, 2008
Daniel T. Lane, 2009
Dr. Angel Lugay, 2010
Betty Holland, 2011
Mayor Robert Lovero, 2012
Jeffrey S. Janda, 2013
Frank Amaro, 2014
Richard Jousef Mondragon, 2015
Alba Lovero, 2016
2016 Award: Alba Lovero
Alba Lovero was nominated for the 2016 Robert W. Teeter Award by Jennifer Mitchell, a member of our Board of Directors.
Alba is a long-time resident of Berwyn and has an illustrious record of community service. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) and is an active member of the Democratic Citizens of Berwyn (DCOB). Alba is a true supporter of all Berwyn entities, as shown by her presence at a wide variety of Berwyn events. She is a true gem and is completely worthy as the honoree of the Teeter Award.
Personal Information: Born in Chicago, one of six children. First-generation Italian. Parents; Lucia and Giovanni Pace. Resident of Berwyn for 55 years.
Education: Notre Dame Grammar School, Chicago. Providence High School, Chicago. Courses in Business and Decorating.
Family: Husband: Thomas Lovero (deceased), Children: 2 sons; Robert John and Scott Thomas; 3 grandchildren: Thomas, Danielle and Gabrielle; 2 great grandchildren: Matthew and Robert; Daughters-in-Law: Gail and Lisa.
Work History: Model and Assistant for Commercial Photographers, homemaker, floral and decorating sales and design, City Collector and Licensing Officer for the City of Berwyn.
Community Service: St. Mary of Celle Church, Boy Scouts of America #63, Little League, PTA, Cancer Society, Welcome Wagon. Italian-American Civic Organization of Berwyn.
Organizations: Past President and Treasurer of St. Mary of Celle Little League Women’s Auxiliary, Past Secretary of SMC Pack and Troop 63 Scouts, Past Ways and Means Chairman, St. Mary of Celle Sodality, St. Mary of Celle School Mother’s Club, Charter Member/Past President and Treasurer Italian-American Civic Organization Woman’s Auxiliary, Berwyn Democratic Organization, Calabresi In Americas, Board Member and Lifetime Member of the Berwyn Development Corporation, co-chair of the Depot District Special Events Commission.
Committees: (BDC) Marketing Committee, (BDC) Cermak Road/Roosevelt Road TIF, (BDC) New Business Taskforce, (BDC) Berwyn Historic Depot District, (BDC) Joint Ogden Avenue/South Berwyn TIF and Means and Ways for the Berwyn Democratic Organization.
Hobbies: Grandchildren, family, friends, travel, decorating, theater, music, cooking, card playing, entertaining. Now that she is retired, GOLF! Never followed through with GOLF.