Chicago Blackhawks President John F. McDonough has been named the Executive of the Year by the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities. McDonough will accept the award this evening at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, Illinois.
“When anyone in the country thinks about sports marketing they think about John McDonough. When you think about someone in sports marketing giving back to the community you also think about John McDonough. He has continually proven that leadership goes well beyond the bottom line; it goes to the essence of the community. We are very proud to present this award to such a deserving recipient in John McDonough,” said Howard G. Kaplan, President of the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities.
Prior to his appointment as President of the Chicago Blackhawks in November of 2007, McDonough served as President of the Chicago Cubs. During his tenure, the Cubs won the 2007 National League Central Division while setting an all-time franchise attendance record. As the Cubs chief, and in his previous role as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Broadcasting, he was widely viewed as a sports marketing and management innovator who played a major role in growing the Cubs' fan base and attracting sponsorships for one of the most successful pro sports franchises in America.
McDonough has also been recognized with the St. Mary’s University Alumni Appreciation Award; the Bill Veeck Lifetime Achievement Award; Notre Dame High School’s Hall of Fame; and the 2008 Executive of the Year Award by the Chicago chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Founded by Marv Samuel, CBCC is a volunteer organization comprised of former and current professional athletes, members of the Chicago sports media and the corporate community. Since its inception in 1971, the Charities have raised more than $12.1 million for cancer patient care, education and research programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Children's Memorial Hospital. CBCC also supports Camp One Step at a Time, a program that provides educational, social and physical development services to children with cancer, regardless of their ability to pay.