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Oct. 28: College of Lake County Foundation hosts gala for scholarships

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 08, 2017

Friends of the College of Lake County are invited to enjoy a grand evening in downtown Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 28 to raise funds for student scholarships. The CLC Foundation’s 2017 Scholarship Gala: Road to Success—Off to a Grand Start will be held at the elegant Drake Hotel.

In Fiscal Year 2016, the CLC Foundation awarded $952,643 to 386 students. At a recent Foundation event, scholarship recipient Adam Fritzshall commented on the impact of scholarships on his education. “I’m a first-generation college student, and attending CLC and becoming a successful college student truly has been life-changing for me,” said Fritzshall, who earned an A.A. in May and is now majoring in communication sciences and disorders at Elmhurst College, a Guaranteed Transfer Admission partner. “Scholarships have helped immensely in financing my education, and they make college more accessible to more people. Each year, several scholarships are not awarded due to a lack of applicants. More students should apply for them.”

“These scholarship awards are made possible by the continued generosity of CLC Foundation donors, who provide the funding so that College of Lake County students can turn their dreams into real, achievable goals,” said Bill Devore, interim executive director of the Foundation.

The Gala’s Diamond sponsor is Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center. Richard J Stephenson, the organization’s founder and chairman of the board, is the Gala Honorary Chair.

Other major sponsors include Wintrust Financial Corporation; Legat Architects; RobbinsPhoto of Foundation Gala committee members Schwartz; First Midwest Bank; and R.J. Galla Company, Inc. Sponsors also include: The Chicago Trust Company, N.A.; First Bank of Highland Park Foundation; Mortenson Construction; Northbrook Bank and Trust Co.; Lesser, Lutrey, Pasquesi & Howe; Cotter Consulting, Inc. and Susan T. and J. Kenneth Rosko. Rounding out the list are: Lake Forest Place, a Presbyterian Homes Community; Lake County Building and Construction Trades Council; World Equity Group, John and Jan Zobus; Griffith, Grant and Lackie Realtors; Circuit Court Judges Christen L. Bishop and Christopher R. Stride. Photo: Co-chairs of the CLC Scholarship Gala Volunteer Committee, left to right: Lisa Dooley Trace, Lake Forest; Sandra Shinsky, Gurnee; and Jan Zobus, Deerfield.

Volunteer members of the CLC Foundation’s Scholarship Gala committee include: Liz Bronneberg, Highland Park; Pete Govorchin, Libertyville; Holly Monger, Vernon Hills; Meg Largay, Lake Forest; Michelle Parnell, Lake Forest; Sue Rosko, Lake Forest; and Bob Worobow, Lake Forest. Committee co-chairs are Sandra Shinsky, Gurnee; Lisa Dooley Trace, Lake Forest; and Jan Zobus, Deerfield.

The Scholarship Gala begins at 6 p.m. and includes hors d’oeuvres, martini bar, raffles, gourmet dining, and dancing in the Grand Ballroom of the historic Drake Hotel. Silent and live auctions also will take place, and mobile bidding—a new event feature—will allow guests who cannot attend the event to participate in the silent auction. The event’s master of ceremonies is Mike Caplan, a CLC alum and meteorologist for Fox 32 Chicago. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Ron Harris Band. Tickets are $325 each. RSVP is requested by Oct. 9.

The grand prize dream vacation raffle, sponsored by R.J. Galla Company of Grayslake, is a trip for two to the winner’s choice of three destinations: British Columbia, Canada, Monte Carlo, Monaco or Montego Bay, Jamaica with air fare for two. Raffle tickets are on sale now for $50 each or five for $200. Raffle tickets are available at the Foundation Office on the Grayslake Campus, at the Gala or online.    

For more information about attending or sponsoring the Gala, contact Kristen Davis at (847) 543-2400 or register online.

College of Lake County Foundation Mission Statement: The College of Lake County Foundation raises money to fund scholarships and grants that provide our students with an opportunity for a better future. Through these efforts, we strengthen the vitality and well-being of the diverse communities we serve. To learn more about how you can inspire the dreams of CLC students, visit www.clcillinois.edu/foundation