TAWANI Foundation Founder and CEO Col. Jennifer Pritzker Receives Making History Award

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Col. Jennifer Pritzker has been recognized as a 2020 Making History Award honoree by the Chicago History Museum. She was presented with the John Hope Franklin Making History Award for Distinction in Historical Scholarship.

Col. Jennifer Pritzker

The TAWANI Foundation is proud to announce that Col. Jennifer Pritzker has been recognized as a 2020 Making History Award honoree by the Chicago History Museum. She was presented with the John Hope Franklin Making History Award for Distinction in Historical Scholarship.

In support of the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago’s efforts to encourage social distancing, the Chicago History Museum hosted its 26th annual Making History Awards virtually on October 6, 2020. This event supports the Museum’s mission to share Chicago’s stories, serving as a hub of scholarship and learning, inspiration, and civic engagement. Attendees celebrated the accomplishments of seven distinguished honorees who have left their mark on Chicago, including Col. Jennifer Pritzker.

“It is a great honor for me to receive this Making History Award,” says Col. Jennifer Pritzker, TAWANI Foundation Founder and CEO. “My father started taking me to the Chicago History Museum from the time I was eight years old, and those visits gave rise to my interest in history. These experiences provide an example of how important historical institutions are for people to learn about their past and help shape our future and set a standard for me when I decided to build my institution, The Pritzker Military Museum & Library.”

For nearly three decades, Col. Jennifer Pritzker served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and the Illinois Army National Guard. She is currently the President and CEO of TAWANI Enterprises, President and Founder of the TAWANI Foundation and Pritzker Military Foundation, and Founder and Chair of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

A historian, businesswoman, investor, developer, and philanthropist, she founded the TAWANI Foundation in 2002 to provide support in the areas of arts and culture, historical preservation, health and wellness, LGBTQ and human rights, education, and environmental initiatives.

Over the past twenty-six years, the Making History Awards have honored 113 Chicagoans and thirteen Chicago companies whose enduring contributions to art and culture, sports, business, and civic life have made Chicago a better and more vibrant place to live.

To learn more about the institution and the Making History Awards, please follow this link.

About TAWANI Foundation
Founded in 2002 by notable philanthropist and entrepreneur Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), TAWANI Enterprises’ philanthropic organization, the TAWANI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that provides support in the areas of arts and culture, historical preservation, health and wellness, LGBT and human rights, education and environmental initiatives. TAWANI Foundation’s vision is to make a sustained and measurable difference for organizations that focus on enriching knowledge, improving health and wellness, and promoting scientific understanding – all with a common goal of making a positive, long-term impact on individuals, communities and the culture itself. To learn more, visit http://www.tawanifoundation.org.

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