2007 Richard N. Rovner Awards Dinner
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Mike Adamle, with wife Kim, said his selection as an award recipient almost brought him to tears because for the longest time after he was diagnosed, he refused to accept that he had the disease. “It wasn’t until I accepted the fact that I had epilepsy, that it was treatable and that I could live a normal life that I embraced it,” he said.

A love-in of sorts took place at the 2007 Richard N. Rovner Awards Dinner, when more than 310 friends and supporters gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel to raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.

In addition to four important honorees, the object of everyone’s affection was Richard Rovner, for whom the dinner was named more than 20 years ago.

Former Illinois Attorney General Ty Fahner chaired the dinner, with sportscaster Mike Adamle of WMAQ-TV/Channel 5 serving as emcee in addition to receiving the group’s Personal Achievement Award.

Read Crain’s interview with Ty Fahner.

“This is the biggest and best dinner ever — a record amount of money raised by more than $50,000,” Mr. Fahner said. “The reason we raised more than $230,000 is because of the love and admiration everyone has for Dick Rovner — and in turn, his love for anyone living with the disease.”

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