Joliet pharmacist will be honored for securing COVID vaccines for people with disabilities

Trinity Services will honor Chad Kodiak at its dinner dance on Sept. 18, tickets available now

Trinity Services, Inc. will honor Chad Kodiak of KodoCare Pharmacy at its dinner dance on Sept. 18.

The 32nd Annual Better Together Dinner Dance & Auction will be held at The Odyssey in Tinley Park.

Proceeds benefit about 5,500 people with developmental disabilities and mental throughout Illinois who receive support from Trinity Services, according to a news release from Trinity Services.

Earlier this year, Kodiak secured COVID-19 vaccines “for people with disabilities and staff members who support them earlier this year,” the release said.

Also earlier this year, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation recognized Kodiak as a 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care. Since January, Kodiak had helped people get the COVID vaccines, especially those with disabilities, those who live in group homes and the homebound.

In a June 28 Herald-News story, Kodiak estimated he had given more than 30,000 vaccines since January.

Other features of the event include a virtual or in-person silent and live auctions, a Heads or Tails game that offers a chance to win up to $500 in Amazon gift cards, fine dining and music from The Nightshift.

Bidding will open on a majority of items at 9 a.m. Sept. 16.

Silent auction items include a one-week stay at Westgate Town Center Resort in Florida; local experiences; baskets for home items, pets, lottery tickets and more; the latest technology; and sports memorabilia. Live auction items include a stay at Poipu Palms in Hawaii, two airline tickets to travel anywhere in the U.S. and a private party at ROXY Special Event Venue in Lockport, the release said.

Tickets for the in-person event are $100 per person. Facemasks will be required at the event. To register, and for information, visit

Registration for the online silent auction is free. To preview auction items, visit To create an online bidding count, click “Register Now.”

People also may register by texting tsdinner21 to 76278.

Those who register their cellphone number will receive text messages if someone outbids them on an item.

For information, call Trinity Services’ development office at 814-717-3750 or visit

Denise  Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland is the features editor for The Herald-News in Joliet. She covers a variety of human interest stories. She also writes the long-time weekly tribute feature “An Extraordinary Life about local people who have died. She studied journalism at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, now the University of St. Francis.