Briefs: Maryville to honor Rourke

Published: 12/6/2007 12:28 AM

Maryville Academy in Des Plaines has named George Rourke of Lincolnwood as winner of the 2008 Guardian Medallion Award. Rourke, president of Venterra Sales and Management in Chicago, will be honored at the 2008 Guardian Medallion Award Gala at the Drake Hotel on April 12. He's been involved with Maryville for three decades and has served on the board of directors since 1985. He was chairman of the board and chairman of the finance committee for several years and continues to be chairman of the real estate committee and a board member for the Maryville Golf Academy, which he helped found in 1994. He established the Maryville IPGA Pro Am, an invitational that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for children. He and his family have hosted many holiday parties for Maryville's children and were instrumental in building support for Maryville's Crisis Nursery.

Defunct arena land for sale

The Prospect Heights City Council has voted to sell the last piece of property once slated for a multimillion-dollar arena. A developer interested in the 2.2 acres at 29-31 E. Palatine Road is now welcome to pursue it, city officials said. The original proposal in the 1990s was for a sports arena in part of the city's Palatine Road tax increment financing district. The plan had moved through three administrations, two development companies and millions of dollars in city finances and private investments. But it never gained enough momentum to move forward. Any hope for an arena at that site crumbled earlier this year when the city sold about 14 acres of the land to the Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling for a runway protection zone.

Living tree concert

Voices from about six area churches will combine this weekend for the 10th annual Living Christmas Tree concert hosted by Community Presbyterian Church, 407 N. Main St., Mount Prospect. The singers form the shape of a tree in a 30-foot tower with lights. During the performance, stories and the history of the tree will be recalled. The Little Drummer Boy and St. Nick will make an appearance. Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks will kick off the event at 7 p.m. Friday. The concert will be repeated at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. Call (847) 392-3111.