Impact Awards 2009
The Impact Awards, Columbia College's annual celebration of Chicagoans who have made their mark on the entertainment industry. Since its inception in 2003, the Impact Awards have honored stars such as Joe Mantegna (The Simpsons, The Godfather III), Jim Belushi (According to Jim), Sherry Lansing (fmr. chairman Paramount Pictures), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), as well as our own alumni Bob Teitel ('90), and George Tillman, Jr. ('91) (Barbershop, Notorious).
In 2009, the Columbia College Chicago Impact Award was presented to native Chicagoan Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm). The inaugural Alumni Spotlight Award was presented to director and writer Charles Robert Carner ('79), the Student of the Year award was presented to Samantha Garrison ('09), and the Speaker of the Year Award was presented to guest lecturer and screenwriter Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, X-Men). This red carpet event was hosted on the Paramount Studios lot in the glamorous Paramount Theater.
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