Virginia Beckett Receives 2013 Unsung Heroine Award
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Special to suffredin.org
Niles resident Virginia Beckett received the 2013 Unsung Heroine Award from the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. The award was presented by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Virginia Beckett, representing Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin’s 13th District, was honored along with seventeen other women - one from each of the 17 county districts and one from Cook County at large – during Women’s History Month. The 16th Annual Unsung Heroine Awards Breakfast was held on March 12, 2013 in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall. The event was emceed by Ms. Merri Dee, a Chicago broadcasting legend.
Unsung Heroine honorees were selected based on their contributions to their communities, families and professional endeavors that are vital, but seldom recognized. They are drawn from the community they serve.
Virginia Becket is a licensed attorney who was recognized for her significant pro bono legal work. She has served as a pro bono attorney for the Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) where she helped incarcerated mothers retain parental rights or change and revoke guardianship. She has also volunteered weekly since 2009 with the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) to provide pro bono legal advice.
Beckett says she volunteers her legal expertise “because of the difference it can make in the lives women who have few options." According to Beckett, "A large majority of the clients were abused as children and are struggling with addiction and/or depression. Because these women are in jail, they are often in terror of permanently losing all contact with their children. Through CLAIM, we can help them start to take the steps they need to take to get their lives back on track.”
Commissioner Larry Suffredin represents the 13th County Board District, which includes areas of Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka and Chicago’s 49th and 50th Wards.