Snow Days Chicago will include a panel of celebrity judges that will vote on first, second and third place winners amongst the professional teams. The winning team will receive $1,500; second place $1,000 and third place $500. This year’s judges:
Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times
Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His work has also appeared in the Chicago Reader and the Journal of Country Music, published by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Hoekstra wrote and co-produced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special “The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement,” nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for Outstanding achievement for a Documentary Program—Cultural Significance. Hoekstra’s acclaimed baseball book “Cougars and Snappers and Loons (Oh My!) —A Midwest League Field Guide” is now available on Can’t Miss Press.
LeAnn Trotter, NBC 5
LeeAnn Trotter is NBC5’s entertainment reporter. This Chicago native joined NBC 5 in December 2005, after working at CLTV for 8 years. There, she anchored the weekend news and hosted the award winning entertainment show, “Metromix: The TV Show”, which earned her a local Emmy and several nominations for Best On Camera Performance. LeeAnn graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and attended high school at the Latin School of Chicago.
Denis Savard, Chicago Blackhawks legend
A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and one of seven players in Blackhawks history to have their jersey retired, Savard also served as the Blackhawks head coach for two season (2006-08) and assistant coach for nine seasons (1997-2006). Savard made seven career appearances in the National Hockey League All-Star Game and is one of only three men to eclipse 1,000 points (1,096) in a Blackhawks uniform. Savard was named a Blackhawks ambassador in 2008.
Lynn Osmond, President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Lynn Osmond assumed the position of President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) in November of 1996. Believing that a public educated and engaged in architecture and design helps all of us make better decisions about the places in which we live, Ms. Osmond has overseen the development of CAF into a premier Chicago cultural institution. In accord with Ms. Osmond’s vision, CAF has developed a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, publications, and adult and youth education programs.