The ARCS Light Award is a distinctive honor awarded to a member who has given the highest quality of long-term service to ARCS Foundation. One ARCS Light may be chosen by her Chapter each year, though there is no requirement that the award be given every year. The ARCS Light is honored at the Chapter's annual meeting and at the ARCS Foundation National Annual Meeting.
A candidate for the ARCS Light Award must have been an active member for at least three years, have served on a variety of committees as well as on the Chapter Board, have given continuous service that has had a positive impact on the ARCS Foundation, have demonstrated a willingness to serve, have respect for ARCS Foundation leadership and membership, and be an exemplary representative of ARCS Foundation to her fellow members and to the community.
The Illinois Chapter of the ARCS Foundation is proud to honor all of the ARCS Light Honorees who have represented us over the years. As an example of the excellence of character and contribution to the ARCS Foundation, we are listing the following women, each of whom was an ARCS Light; and each of whom is a current member or supporter of ARCS Foundation Illinois.
Patricia Sheridan Caruso
Joanne Benazzi Friedland
Ruth Anne Unik
2021-2022 Illinois Chapter ARCS Light Award Recipient
Pat Doherty has been a member of ARCS Illinois since 2008. She served on the Board of Directors from 2010-2017. During that time, she served as Treasurer for a number of years as well as chairing the Finance Committee and participating in the Programs Committee and the Public Relations Committee activities. Pat has always been an enthusiastic supporter of our programs and fund-raising events and continues to do so in retirement.
Pat received her B.S. in Finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.B.A. from Loyola University Graduate School of Business. She spent her entire career at Harris Bank/Bank of Montreal serving clients in the areas of trust, investments and banking. During that time, she also became a Certified Financial Planner and earned her Series 7 and Series 52 investment licenses. Her background afforded her the opportunity to help ensure the financial soundness of her clients and also our Illinois Chapter.
Pat became one of the first women members of the University Club of Chicago in 1976 and served on the Board of Directors for a number of years, including time as Treasurer of the Club. Pat has worked with organizations helping those in need and served on the Board of Wyler Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago (now Comer Children’s Hospital). She is devoted to her family and friends and relishes their time together. Travel is another primary interest which has taken her to see sights both here in the United States and around the world.
While she is a native Chicagoan, her favorite city away from home is Paris – a sister city to Chicago.