Brian Cardinal to speak to Paxton chamber in March

BAYLES LAKE — Former NBA world champion and Purdue University basketball star Brian Cardinal will be the featured speaker at the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting in March.

The meeting will be held Monday, March 4, at Lakeview County Club at Bayles Lake, west of Loda. The meeting begins with a social hour from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. 

It is open to the public. The price to attend is $20 per person with a dinner entrée choice of chicken or beef. Reservations and payment must be made by Feb. 25 by mailing it to: the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 75, Paxton, IL 60957.

Cardinal — who adopted the nicknames “Citizen Pain” and “Custodian” due to his hard-nosed style of play during his 12-year professional basketball career — is the brother of PBL Eastlawn School teacher Lisa Niewold and son of Rod Cardinal, a Bayles Lake resident who retired as head athletic trainer at the University of Illinois.

Cardinal’s basketball career began at the Unity High School in Tolono.  After graduation, he starred at Purdue University. Cardinal is the only Purdue basketball player to receive the “Mr. Hustle” and the “Courage” award four years in a row. 

Cardinal then landed in the NBA, where he played for six teams over 12 years, most recently with the 2011 world champion Dallas Mavericks.

He retired from the NBA in 2012 and is currently working with the John Purdue Club at Purdue University. His job entails raising funds for the athletic programs, mentoring student-athletes and making a difference within the Lafayette and West Lafayette communities.

Sponsors of the meeting are: First National Bank, Farmers-Merchants National Bank, 523 Design, Country Thyme Tea Room, Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services, Ameren Illinois, Busey Bank; Fiorillo, Shaffer & Associates Ltd.; Paxton Record, Tim’s Lawn Service & Snow Removal, Nicor Gas, Shooky’s, Hudson Drug & Hallmark Shop, Compass Insurance Partners, Paxton IGA, Baier Family Funeral Services and Pizza Hut.

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