Altrusa International of Elgin, Illinois, Inc. recently announced that Gwen Gage, Ed.D. will be honored as 2019 Woman of the Year at the 70th annual Woman of the Year Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Villa Olivia Country Club, off Lake Street in Bartlett.  Gage is a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) Executive Committee of the Board and Education Chair of the Elgin Symphony League.

"For more than 20 years, Gwen Gage has tirelessly worked to support the mission of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra," said Dr. Clare Ollayos, Altrusa Elgin Woman of the Year chair. "As a member of the Elgin Symphony League and ESO boards, she has dedicated thousands of hours serving in various capacities and gets things done in a quiet and unassuming manner. She currently serves on both boards and many other organizations in various other ways."

Gage spent 27 years in the field of education serving 19 years in elementary and middle school administrative positions. In addition to her dedication and leadership with the ESO and ESL, Gage has volunteered with Soiree Lyrique (recently renamed Fox Valley Lyrical Productions) as grant editor, usher, auction committee member as well as sponsor of Rising Star winners. Her affiliation with Black History Family Festival began when Gage served on the committee for the 2015 festival and then began organizing the volunteers. She was co-chair with Jennifer Sellers Wong for the annual festival in 2018. Currently, she is secretary of the board.

Hamilton Wings is a lead partner in Create Innovate Ignite, which is designed to expand the definition of creativity and its expression in the Elgin community. Gage served as a facilitator at the initial planning session for CCI held at Elgin Community College in 2016 and continued on the planning committee for 2017 workshops at Gail Borden Public Library. Since 2005, she has been a volunteer with the Elgin Mental Health Center's Pastoral Services. This work involves offering monthly church services as well as visiting and corresponding with individuals. Gage says she loves living in Elgin where she can support the arts. She and her husband, John, have sponsored performances by the ESO, Children's Theatre of Elgin and Chamber Music on the Fox.

Tickets to the gala dinner are available at $35 each. Deadline for reservations is Saturday, May 11. For information and reservations, call Joanna Wester at (847) 528-3157. To learn more about the ESO, visit ElginSymphony.Org.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra Executive Committee member Gwen Gage (photo courtesy of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra).

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 Elgin Symphony's Gwen Gage to be Honored as Altrusa International 2019 Woman of the Year