Dwyer to be honored in Winnetka Saturday
Conor Dwyer was on the USA Men's 4 x 200 free relay and also finished 5th in the 400 meter freestyle.
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:16AM
In honor of his gold medal winning achievement Winnetka officials will be hosting the village’s own Conor Dwyer as they celebrate Conor Dwyer Day next weekend.
The celebration will take place rain or shine at the Hubbard Woods Park Gazebo on the corner of Green Bay Road and Gage Street from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 25.
Dwyer, along with teammates Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Michael Phelps, took the gold medal on July 31 at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in London in the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay. The foursome took the top spot with a cumulative time of 6 minutes, 59.70 seconds.
The celebration came together very quickly, beginning with the Aug. 9 meeting of the Business Community Development Commission. Board member Paul Dunn, a friend of the Dwyer family, offered to contact them and see if Conor could attend.
“Paul made the phone call and the family said they were honored to have Winnetka do something for Conor,” said BCDC Chair Jason Harris. “He has a very busy schedule and we said let’s do something. We’re going to have a really nice event to celebrate Conor’s return to Winnetka as an Olympic gold medalist.”
Dwyer will be on hand as village president Jessica Tucker will present him with a proclamation honoring his swimming accomplishments at the 2012 Olympic summer games. Winnetka resident and NBC Today Show contributor Mike Leonard will also conduct a live interview with Dwyer as part of the festivities.
Prior to swimming for the University of Iowa and University of Florida in college Dwyer attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette.
“Conor is going to be with his gold medal and we’re creating little photos of something he can autograph for people,” Harris said. “Everything moved very quickly to get this done. It will be very casual, low key and celebratory.”
Music will be provided by DJ Pat Buchanan and area sponsors will provide refreshments to attendees.