Since 1986, the Ruth Page Foundation has awarded passionate and influential members of the dance community with the Ruth Page Award. In 2004, Keith Elliott and Dance for Life received the award. With Elliott recently departing Chicago for a new business endeavor in Scottsdale, Arizona, it seems fitting that Diane Rawlinson would receive the Ruth Page Award ten years later, in part for her tremendous support of the Dance for Life Foundation. Rawlinson is the Orchesis Director and Dance Teacher at Wheeling High School, and partners with Dance for Life to produce the annual student concert “Next Generation”. This year’s concert was Elliott’s last Dance for Life event in Chicago, netting $16,000 in one day. Since 1994, Rawlinson’s efforts have raised more than $170,000, but perhaps more importantly, she has created a culture of philanthropy among suburban teens.
The 2014 Ruth Page Award will be presented this Sunday, March 23rd at the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress), in conjunction with a matinee performance of Houston Ballet’s ‘Aladdin’. Tickets are $50, including a reception at 12:30pm and performance at 2pm, available at ruthpage.org