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2018 Foundation Scholarship Gala raises more than $170,000 helping students ‘Reach for the Stars’

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Nov 27, 2018

More than 150 friends of the College of Lake County Foundation came out to support student scholarships Oct. 27 at the 2018 CLC Foundation Scholarship Gala, held at the Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove.

“The CLC Foundation Gala was an incredible success thanks to a team effort by the supporters and staff,” said Kurt Peterson, College of Lake County Foundation executive director. “We raised more than $170,000, with proceeds from the event benefitting CLC scholarships and grants.”Alexa Waheed, a CLC student in the college’s rigorous Scholars program majoring in political science, gives a speech at the 2018 Foundation Gala.

Alexa Waheed, a CLC student in the college’s rigorous Scholars program, received a standing ovation for her speech about the incredible rewards that come from pursuing an education and its impact on community. In her address to the crowd she said, "A scholarship has made a difference for me as a student by allowing me to be aware of all of the opportunities that the world has to offer. Our generation has the ability to create immense change within society and if we enable ourselves to become advocates of change, then we will make the world a better place.”  A resident of Antioch, Waheed (right) is majoring in political science, and her goals are to attend law school, become an attorney and ultimately a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Top sponsors for the event were First Midwest Bank; Legat Architects; R.J. Galla Company, Inc.; Robbins Schwartz; and Wintrust Financial. Robert and Barbara Oilschlager were the honorary chairs. Barbara has served on the CLC Board of Trustees since 1989.

Other sponsors included Aon; James L. Ayers; Circuit Court Judge Christen Bishop and Circuit Court Judge Christopher Stride; CLC Alumni Association; Cotter Consulting, Inc.; First Bank of Highland Park; Grainger, Griffith, Grant and Lackie Realtors; Lake County Building Trades Council; Meg Largay; Elizabeth Kangas Miller;  Northbrook Bank and Trust; Robert and Barbara Oilschlager; Jeffrey and Michelle Parnell; PFM; Radford Green at Sedgebrook; Susan T. and J. Kenneth Rosko; Stuckey Construction Company; and John and Jan Zobus.

Volunteer members of the CLC Foundation’s 2018 Gala Committee were: Liz Bronneberg, Baxter International, Inc.; Meg Largay, First Midwest Bank; Holly S. Monger, Gala Committee Chair, HSM Consulting; Michelle Parnell, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors; Sue Rosko; Sandra Shinsky; Lisa Dooley Trace, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors; Bob Worobow; and Jan Zobus.

About the Foundation:

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 Foundation strengthens the vitality and well-being of the diverse communities it serves. In FY 2017, the Foundation provided over $835,000 in scholarships and grants to support nearly 450 CLC students.

To learn more about the Foundation and make a life-changing gift supporting higher education this charitable giving season, visit

About College of Lake County:

College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes, provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County.