Romania native Florin Mitran wakes up smiling every day in the United States. You would too if you embraced each day like Mitran does. “A day to me is a gift,” says the 49-year-old Mitran, who coaches the varsity boys’ golf team at Highland Park High School and serves as a teacher/coach at Township High
Ravinia Festival President and CEO JEFFREY P. HAYDON has been sharing his lifelong passion for music with communities nationwide for more than 25 years. Haydon has settled on the North Shore with his family, joining Ravinia in September 2020. Prior to taking his talents to the North Shore, Haydon began his career in music holding
The Art Center Highland Park (TAC) unveiled a pop-up exhibition in the Cortesi Gallery earlier this month showcasing the work of three powerful women artists—Sheila Arora, Laurie Kwo, and Erin Kaya. Inspired by the quote “Who is she? She is someone who is gentle but powerful. Strong and courageous. Someone who pays attention to the
Joshua Beniek can still remember it like it was yesterday. “My brother Shane and I were getting ready to go into Barrington Middle School,” recalls Beniek. “We were at Woodfield Mall and both wanted a pair of basketball shoes that we could wear as an everyday shoe.” Beniek returned home that day with a pair
Before the United States officially entered World War II, there were Americans who were already fighting against Nazi aggression. These heroic efforts took place not on the frontlines, but in back rooms during hushed conversations. Evanston native Mary Jayne Gold (1909-1997) was one such American. The recent Netflix series Transatlantic brings renewed attention to her
With years of experience in the hospitality industry and two different culinary degrees, it’s no wonder that ALEXANDRA (“ALEX”) LYON SINGER is the mastermind behind the Lyon Family Foundation’s signature fundraising event—The Hoosier Ball. Curating the guest experience through food and entertainment is always top of mind as Singer concepts and designs the annual event.