August 15, 2006 – Award winning NBC 5 anchor Warner Saunders will be the guest speaker at the second annual Intimate Dinners series hosted be Quintin E. Primo III and his wife Diane on September 28, 2006 at Spiaggia on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.
Mr. Saunders has been a long-time supporter of The Primo Center for Women and Children. He has been an advocate for the homeless for many years. In fact, Mr. Saunders received the 1999 Hull House Jane Addams award for his commitment and service to the community.
â€œThe measure of a successful person is not what he or she gets from the community, but how much he or she gives to the community,â€ says Saunders. â€œIf we can remember that the homeless among us is a reflection of our collective failure…not just the failure of the person who is without the security of a place to call home. If we accept that, then it is our duty to help in any way we can. The Primo Center and organizations like it, have accepted that responsibility.â€
“To have someone of Warner’s character be involved with my family’s shelter is incredible,” said Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of PCWC and Chairman and CEO of Capri Capital Partners. “Warner never needs to be asked to help…he always volunteers.”
Mr. Saunders is a native Chicagoan celebrating 36 years in broadcasting. He has received many prestigious awards, 18 Chicago Emmy Awards in news and programming. He was inducted to the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Chicago Academy of Television Arts and Sciencesâ€™ Silver Circle. He is a past president of the Chicago Association of Black Journalists. In 1990, Saunders traveled to South Africa to report on the historic release of Nelson Mandela. A documentary developed from those reports titled â€œSouth Africa: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
Saunders has a deep bench when it comes to television news. He was WMAQ-TVâ€™s Sports Anchor and Reporter as well as host of â€œWarner,â€ the stationâ€™s public affairs talk show
Saunders was born in Chicago, received his B.A. from Xavier University and his M.A. from Northeastern University. Saunders and his wife Sadako live in Chicago.
United States Senator Barack Obama was last year’s “Intimate Dinners” event held at Pane Caldo.