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Bartko Foundation recognizes single mothers

| Sunday, April 22, 2012, 2:24 p.m.
Theresa Council, Jackie Dixon and Robin Ballard during the Bartko Foundation Luncheon at the Rivers Club on Saturday, April 21, 2012.
Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
Theresa Council, Jackie Dixon and Robin Ballard during the Bartko Foundation Luncheon at the Rivers Club on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review

The Bartko Foundation welcomed more than 250 to the Rivers Club on Saturday for the Irene's Dream luncheon to recognize single mothers Theresa Council and Robin Ballard for their inspirational journey toward breaking the cycle of poverty and disadvantage in favor of achieving self-sufficiency.

Founded on the lives of the Bartko Family, the daughters of Ted and Irene Bartko were inspired by their parents' faith, commitment, hard work and sense of fair play, with a desire to give back to others.

Among the VIPs were prexy Melanie Gefert-Azur , executive director Carl Perkins, event chair Kezia Taylor, Michele Bossers , Jackie Dixon , David Porges and Ronald Gebhardt .<

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