ARCS Light Award Winners

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 Anderson Sharon Batterson Barbara Benezra
Lynda Birkelbach Teresa Byrd Ann Carlson
Patricia Sheridan Caruso Linda Celesia Sue Dindia
Joanne Benazzi Friedland Tara Fowler RuthAnn Green
Jeri King Sherry Petska Elizabeth Plotnik
Alicia Pond Elisa Primavera-Bailey Donna Spivey
Joanna Stein Jocelyn Stoller Laura Sudler
Ruth Anne Unik Sandra Mangurian  

2018-2019 Illinois Chapter ARCS Light Award Recipient


A member of ARCS Foundation Illinois Chapter since 2007, Bennetta has served as President, VP for Programs, VP for University Relations and VP for Special Events. She also served on the ARCS Foundation National Board as a Member of the Advisory Council. 

Professionally, Bennetta is Operations Officer of Kelly Appraisal Consultants, Inc., a commercial and industrial real estate valuation firm in Chicago.

In addition to maintaining her involvement with ARCS, she currently serves as President of the Misericordia Women’s Board, whose signature event is the Heart of Mercy Ball that helps contribute a life of quality to over 600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.