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Citadel News Service
14 Jul 2014

Citadel Alumnus and School of Business Advisory Board member honored with prestigious award for volunteerism

Chuck Lawless, '94, a leader committed to supporting future leaders at The Citadel and beyond

Chicago-based Mesirow Financial announced recently that its senior managing director, Charles "Chuck" Lawless, was named "2014 Outstanding Volunteer" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chicago Chapter (AFP Chicago) earlier this year. Lawless was honored for his exemplary volunteerism through the dedication of significant personal time, talents and resources in an effort to help educate young leaders. He graduated from The Citadel in 1994. For years, Lawless has been involved with numerous charitable organizations and boards including working with his former high school, New Trier in Winnetka, Illinois, as well as The Citadel.

Lawless co-founded The New Trier Tyro Society foundation in 2007 to provide four-year, structured business internships to deserving students from less affluent families, which he eventually expanded to include cadets from The Citadel and students from Chicago's Gary Comer College Prep Charter School in memory of New Trier Algebra teacher and football coach, Morris Barefield. The Tyro Foundation has given out 30 summer internships in a variety of industries, most hosted by New Trier alumni in Chicago, New York, Salt Lake City and Germany. The internships provide the students with a realistic look at potential career paths and the foundation also provides college scholarships. Since its founding, all students have graduated in four years and found immediate employment in large corporations across the U.S.

Lawless works extensively with The Citadel, which honored him earlier this year by inducting him into the School of Business Hall of Fame and presenting him with the 2014 Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award. Also, Lawless was named 2013 Chicago/Midwest Alumni Club "President of the Year" for his dedication to The Citadel where he is a member of the Business Administration Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee for the Center for Financial Services Education and recently secured the donation of state-of-the-art technology software from fi360 who outfit the entire business school financial services lab. In addition, Lawless recently assisted a cadet from Chicago whose family was experiencing unanticipated challenges by raising his tuition in less than a day by reaching out to the Chicago chapter of The Citadel Alumni Association.

Watch a video featuring Lawless that explores his work that earned him the AFP recognition here.

About AFP Chicago

AFP Chicago is the go-to resource for the region's fundraising professionals whose work strengthens our communities through the nonprofit institutions they serve. With nearly 900 members, AFP Chicago offers innovative programs that expand the capabilities of fundraisers through education, mentoring and networking, and operates one of the largest Association of Fundraising Professionals' 190 chapters worldwide. For more information, visit

About Mesirow Financial

Mesirow Financial is a diversified financial services firm headquartered in Chicago. Founded in 1937, the firm remains independent and employee-owned with approximately 1,200 employees globally. With expertise in Investment Management, Global Markets, Insurance Services and Consulting, Mesirow Financial strives to meet the financial needs of institutions, public sector entities, corporations and individuals. Mesirow Financial's Investment Advisory group provides comprehensive wealth management services to individuals, families, corporations and non-profit organizations. With more than $4.8 billion in assets under advisement, the group has earned a reputation for effectively managing its clients’ needs and goals. For more information about Mesirow Financial, visit

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