'Real Heroes Don't Wear Capes' featured keynote speaker Scott Cross who broke his four-decade silence to courageously testify that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert molested him in a high school locker room when he was a teenager.
Founder's Awards were presented to John Bays, President of Bays Investment Corp.; Chicagoland Speedway represented by Scott Paddock, President, and a posthumous award honoring Ed Czerkies founder of Czerkies Construction.
Multi-Disciplinary Team Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Detective Shawn Filipiak of the Joliet Police Department; Rosa Frias, Child Protection Investigator with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Mary Fillipitch, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit in the Will County State's Attorney's Office.
The Heroic Volunteerism Award was presented to Alan and Nancy Nowacki, owners of Nowacki Insurance Agency.
Heroic Service Awards were presented to the Plainfield Junior Woman's Club represented by President Kristen Robertson, Joliet Central High School Key Club and the Joliet West High School Students of Service Club.
"We (honored) those who have provided significant philanthropic and volunteer support," said Will County State's Attorney James W. Glasgow, who founded the Center as a non-profit organization in 1995 to provide forensic interview, victim advocacy, and trauma-therapy services.