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Oct. 27: Foundation hosts annual scholarship gala

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 28, 2018

Friends of the College of Lake County are invited to enjoy an inspiring evening in Long Grove Saturday, Oct.27 to raise funds for student scholarships. The CLC Foundation’s 2018 Scholarship Gala: Reach for the Stars event will be held at the Royal Melbourne Country Club.

The theme of this year’s event speaks to the life-changing impact receiving a Foundation scholarship can have on our students’ academic and professional careers. In Fiscal Year 2018, the CLC Foundation awarded $835,881 in scholarships and grants to 444 students.  

“Scholarships givePhoto of 2017 Foundation Gala students the luxury to breathe,” said Maria Elizarraraz, a scholarship recipient who earned an A.A. degree in 2017. She is now a sociology major, with a minor in psychology, at DePaul University, with plans to graduate in spring 2019. “Being a mother and wife, the financial stress of bills, rent and child care is always on my mind,” she added. “My scholarship awards have given me the chance to make my schoolwork a priority and raise my children to see that an education is the most important investment for their futures.”

Photo (third from left): Pete Govorchin of the CLC Foundation Board of Trustees, celebrates the 2017 Foundation Gala at the Drake Hotel. Joining him are representatives from the Zion, Ill.-based Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, a diamond-level sponsor.

Kurt Peterson, executive director of the Foundation, said, “These awards are made possible by the continued generosity of CLC Foundation donors, who provide the funding so that College of Lake County students can reach for the stars and make their dreams become achievable goals.”

Gala sponsors include Wintrust Financial Corporation, Legat Architects, First Midwest Bank, R.J. Galla Company, Inc; Grainger; First Bank of Highland Park Foundation; Northbrook Bank and Trust Co.; Susan T. and J. Kenneth Rosko; Robert and Barbara Oilschlager; John and Jan Zobus; Jeffrey and Michelle Parnell;  Meg Largay;  Stuckey Construction Company; Radford Green at Sedgebrook; Deer Path Inn; Griffith, Grant and Lackie Realtors; Iskalis’ American Floor Show; Circuit Court Judges Christen L. Bishop and Christopher R. Stride. The event’s emcee will be Mike Caplan, Fox 32 Chicago’s meteorologist and CLC alumnus.

Volunteer members of the CLC Foundation’s Scholarship Gala committee include: Liz Bronneberg, Highland Park; Meg Largay, Lake Forest; Michelle Parnell, Lake Forest; Sue Rosko, Lake Forest; Sandra Shinsky, Lake Forest; Lisa Dooley Trace, Lake Forest; Bob Worobow, Gurnee; and Jan Zobus, Deerfield. This year’s Gala committee chair is Holly Monger, Vernon Hills.

The Scholarship Gala begins at 6 p.m. and will include hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, raffles, games and a four-course, gourmet dinner. Mobile bidding will be available as an event feature, allowing guests who cannot attend the event to participate in the auction.

Tickets are $325 each, and RSVP is requested by Monday, Oct. 8. The grand prize Dream Vacation Raffle drawing, sponsored by R.J. Galla Company of Grayslake, is a trip for two to winner’s choice of four grand destinations: Big Island, Hawaii - San Francisco, California – an Alaskan Cruise – or Positano, Capri and Rome, Italy. Raffle tickets are on sale now for $50 each or 5 for $200. There is also a 50/50 cash raffle; tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. To purchase raffle tickets visit

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


About College of Lake County Foundation


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 the CLC Foundation, visit For more information about attending the gala, call Kristen Davis, Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Manager, at (847) 543-2400 or register at


About College of Lake County


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