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The Village Chicago honors DePaul with Trailblazer Award

DePaul recognized for fostering age-inclusivity in Chicago

​​President Rob Manuel stands with two representatives of The Village Chicago at an event

President Robert L. Manuel joins David Baker (left), chair of The Village Chicago Board of Directors, and Ira Kohlman (right), co-chair of the Jazzin with The Village event, where DePaul was presented with the Trailblazer Award. (Courtesy of The Village Chicago)
​​ DePa​ul received the 2023 Trailblazer Award from The Village Chicago, a community organization for people over 50. The Lincoln Park-based organization, which promotes a dynamic network of friendship, engagement and services, has partnered with DePaul since its founding in 2009.

“DePaul and Chicago grew up together, and our worlds are tied intimately together as we develop quality of life for everybody from the young to the old,” said President Robert L. Manuel upon receiving the award on Sept. 18. “It is a wonderful opportunity for us to show our education in action.”

The Village Chicago recognized DePaul for its support in fostering an age-inclusive city and its commitment to “forming partnerships that bring cultural and social enrichment to the communities that surround it.” A few examples The Village noted include DePaul’s annual Vincentian Service Day, community music education programs and research into housing challenges facing older adults.

Watch the video of Manuel’s comments, and read more on the award in The Village Chicago’s newsletter .