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CLC Foundation creates Legacy Society to honor planned giving donors

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Aug 26, 2016


A special group of 21 donors who have remembered the College of Lake County in their estate plans were celebrated at a CLC Foundation event Aug. 11. The CLC Legacy Society was created as a way to recognize and thank individuals and families who have chosen to shape CLC’s long-term future by making a planned gift to the Foundation in their estate plans.

“By joining the society and agreeing to be publicly recognized, this inspires others to consider making such long-term gifts for the future benefit of the College of Lake County Foundation, CLC students, Lake County and the diverse communities we serve,” said CLC President Jerry Weber.

“Prior to forming the CLC Legacy Society, estate gifts given to the college or CLC Foundation came as a surprise, after the donor had passed away, and therefore, we, the college had no way to thank or acknowledge them,” said Karen L. Schmidt, executive director of the CLC Foundation. “Therefore, we are excited to launch the CLC Legacy Society, which provides a way to thank and recognize the generous people who have remembered CLC in their will or estate plans, during their lifetime.”

Gifts may include a bequest to the CLC Foundation included in a will in the form of revocable trust, an irrevocable trust, naming the CLC Foundation as the beneficiary of a life insurance program, or another form of gift arrangement to the CLC Foundation to be effective upon the individual’s death.

CLC Legacy Society inaugural members are anyone who submits their statement of intent prior to June 30, 2017. As of Aug. 19, the 21 inaugural members include: Dr. Philip J. Carrigan and Mary Clare Jakes, Waukegan; Dr. William M. Griffin and Ada A. Sanders, Lake Forest; Judy Haga, Grayslake; Dr. Rich and Amy R. Haney, Libertyville; Robert and Kelly Hauswirth, Third Lake; Dr. Gretchen J. Naff, Black Mountain, N.C.; Dorothy Regan Drake, Woodstock; Joanna Rolek, Highland Park; John and Susan Schaper, Libertyville; Karen L. Schmidt, Mundelein; Julie B. Shroka, Grayslake; Dr. Jerry and Mary Weber, Grayslake; Roycealee Wood, Lake Bluff; John and Jannes Zobus, Deerfield.

Robert Hauswirth, vice chair of the CLC Foundation Board of Directors, said that he and his wife are proud to be inaugural members. “This solidifies our ongoing and long-term commitment to CLC. As we think about our legacy and including CLC in our philanthropy, we encourage others to review what their legacies will be and consider CLC in these plans. Reputable, high-quality organizations set up Legacy Societies, and CLC is indeed a leader. The recognition now for legacy gifts is a way to enjoy the impacts immediately and this recognition will encourage others to act sooner rather than later which will benefit CLC exponentially over time,” he said.

To view pictures of the reception honoring society members, visit the College of Lake County Facebook albums page or

The CLC Foundation’s Inspiring Dreams 2016 Scholarship Gala will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at The Drake Hotel, Chicago. For more information on attending or sponsoring the event, call (847) 543-2400 or visit All net proceeds benefit the College of Lake County Foundation Scholarships and Grants Fund.

The College of Lake County Foundation raises money to fund scholarships and grants that provide our students an opportunity for a better future. Through these efforts the College of Lake County Foundation strengthens the vitality and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.

CLC Foundation Legacy Society Inaugural membersPhoto: Inaugural members of the CLC Foundation Legacy Society, from top left: Karen L. Schmidt, Dr. Rich Haney, Rob Hauswirth, Dr. Jerry and Mary Weber, Mary Clare Jakes, Dr. Phil Carrigan, Judy Haga, Jan Zobus, Dr. Gretchen Naff, Julie Shroka. Bottom from left: Dorothy Drake and Roycealee Wood.