Construction & Transportation Awards Luncheon

Friday, October 02, 2020  |  12 p.m.


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The annual Construction and Transportation Awards Luncheon is a unique event that honors industry companies, organizations and individuals. Honoree categories include: Construction, Transportation, Professional Services, Leadership in the Public Sector, Leadership in the Private Sector and the Rufus Taylor Award. During the program we will hear from each of our honorees, along with a special message from Mayor Lori Lightfoot!

Click here to view replay of the virtual event!

Click here to view the 2020 Construction & Transportation Awards digital program book.

While how we come together may change, we can still make a real difference for moms and babies, at a time when they need us the most. We are following CDC guidelines to avoid mass gatherings and are rapidly preparing for an exciting, virtual format for our 2020 Construction & Transportation Awards experience.

Data show that the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations in the world for childbirth. Over 700 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes, and the CDC reports that 60 percent are preventable. The preterm birth rate is on the rise. Two babies die every hour in the United States. By joining our Construction & Transportation Awards community you are making a big difference. 

Your support of March of Dimes helps fund:
  • Free virtual NICU support program for families
  • Virtual prenatal programs for moms-to-be
  • COVID-19 interventions and support for moms and babies
  • Programs that promote health equity for moms and babies and directly combat racial disparities in maternal and child health
  • Educational programs, including live Facebook panel discussions, to get info into the hands of moms and families
  • Necessary supplies for expectant mothers including blood pressure cuffs and masks and so much more!
For more informatiom, please contact Sonya DeJesus at [email protected]

2020 Co-Chairs:
Kendra Dinkins, Taylor Electric Company
Tara Szwabowski, John Burns Construction Company

2020 Honorees:
Construction Award- Bear Construction for Old Chicago Main Post Office. 
Click here to give a tribute gift in honor of Bear Construction!

Transportation Award- Chicago Department of Transportation for Navy Pier Flyover.
Click here to give a tribute gift in honor of the Chicago Department of Transportation!

Leadership in the Private Sector Award- Dr. Suzet McKinney- CEO/Executive Director, Illinois Medical District.
Click here to give a tribute gift in honor of Dr. Suzet McKinney!

Professional Services Award- LeeAnn Tomas-Foster- City Executive, Arcadis.
Click here to give a tribute gift in honor or LeeAnn Tomas-Foster!

Rufus Taylor Award- Nosa Ehimwenmen- President & CEO, Bowa Construction.
Click here to give a tribute gift in honor of Nosa Ehimwenman!

Keynote Speaker and additional honorees to be announced soon!

For more information or to join us for the virtual event, please contact Sonya DeJesus at 312-596-4721 or [email protected] 


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for the Construction & Transportation Awards, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please click here to review our sponsorship opportunities. For additional information, please contact Sonya DeJesus.


View our updated COVID-19 safety guidelines and waiver here.