Evanston Chamber of Commerce to honor three for work in business, dedication to youth and homeless

Stephanie Kelly, City Editor

The Evanston Chamber of Commerce will honor three members of the community Jan. 28 for their work in business and their dedication to youth and homeless citizens, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce announced Sunday.

Stephen Hagerty, William Logan and Paul Selden will be honored at the 95th annual event at the Hilton Orrington/Evanston, 1710 Orrington Ave.

Selden, the executive director of Connections for the Homeless since 2006, will be honored for his work with the organization. During his time there, Connections changed from a shelter to a housing agency that helps more than 200 people per year, the Chamber of Commerce said.

Selden will retire at the end of the month after helping the organization increase the number of people it helps off the streets by 400 percent. He has also worked to combat homelessness with the National Coalition for the Homeless and Next Step Partners, among other organizations and groups.

The founder of Hagerty Consulting, Hagerty works with people to prepare them and help them recover from disasters, according to the Chamber of Commerce. The firm has helped in national disasters and attacks, such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. The firm is currently working on developing a threat response training program that would be one of the nation’s largest active programs, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

Logan co-founded the Fellowship of Afro-American Men, an organization that helps to engage young black people, according to the Chamber of Commerce. Logan has also worked in other Evanston positions: He became the police chief in 1984 and the director of public safety at Evanston Township High School, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

The evening will include a presentation, dinner and chances to connect with other community members, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

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