TASC Founder Melody Heaps, Judge George Timberlake to be honored at Dec. 1 TASC Luncheon; Event & Raffle Tickets Going Fast

 (Chicago, IL) — Friends and colleagues are invited to join TASC in honoring Melody M. Heaps and Judge George W. Timberlake at a luncheon at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago on December 1.

Melody M. Heaps, TASC Founder

Ms. Heaps, TASC’s founder and president emeritus, will receive the Justice Leadership Award in recognition of her considerable accomplishments in building systems and promoting public policies that address chronic health issues while enhancing public safety. Ms. Heaps founded TASC in Cook County (IL) in 1976 as a nonprofit, case management agency linking criminal courts to community-based treatment. Under her leadership as TASC’s president until 2009, the agency expanded to serve every jurisdiction in Illinois, and extended its services to juvenile justice, corrections, and child welfare systems. Widely recognized for her expertise, Ms. Heaps has been instrumental in shaping local, state, and federal policies related to treatment, recovery, and alternatives to incarceration.

Judge Timberlake, retired chief judge of the Second Judicial Circuit, will receive TASC’s Public Voice Leadership Award for his dedication and accomplishments in improving the juvenile justice system in Illinois. “During his 23 years on the bench, Judge Timberlake championed the importance of community-based treatment alternatives for nonviolent individuals whose drug problems caused them to cycle repeatedly through the courts.” said Colleen Flanagan, administrator of TASC services in southeastern Illinois. “His unique blending of accountability and compassion has improved the lives of thousands of youth and adults here in the Second Circuit.”

The Honorable George W. Timberlake

TASC’s 2010 luncheon will take place at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago on Wednesday, December 1 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Tickets are $150 apiece.

The luncheon will conclude with a raffle drawing featuring an array of valuable prizes, including round-trip tickets on American Airlines, a $500 debit gift card, hotel accommodations, and admission to numerous Chicago-area attractions. Raffle ticket holders need not be present at the drawing to win. Get your tickets today!

For luncheon tickets or more information, please visit www.tasc.org or contact Nitza Reyes at (312) 573-8201.

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