The evening began with an introduction from the founder of the IFI, David Hirch. Watch as David tells the story of how the IFI began and how the organization continues to promote the celebration of fatherhood.
President Kevin Kirberg talks about the essay contest and introduces the 12 Essay Finalists.
The essay contest gave children the opportunity to not only thank but also express how important their father-figure is in their life. Watch as these two winners share their touching stories. A tissue, handkerchief or dry sleeve is recommended.
Our fatherhood dinner is an annual success that features some of Illinois' best fathers. This year, Kerry Wood was one of the winners and for good reason, as you will find out in the video below (featured at the event).