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Foundation Golf Classic raises a record $95,000 for scholarships

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jul 23, 2019

The College of Lake County Foundation’s annual Golf Classic, held June 24 at the Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake, raised a record $95,000 in net proceeds that will directly support CLC Foundation Scholarships and grants for students with financial need.

“The Golf Classic is designed to help CLC fulfill its mission to advance student success through high-quality, accessible learning opportunities,” said Kurt Peterson, executive director of the CLC Foundation. “Scores of donors, many representing the county’s top corporate employers, came out and gave sacrificially for an important cause. Every penny raised is going to the students.” 

The event drew more than 100 Photo of CLC President Lori Suddick and student Melissa Rodriguezgolfers, guests and Lake County dignitaries, including members of the CLC Board of Trustees: Catherine Finger, vice chair; Amanda Howland and Julie Shroka.

Event speakers included Kurt Peterson; David Galla, CLC Foundation Golf Committee chair; and Dr. Lori Suddick, (left), CLC president. Melissa Rodriguez (right), a CLC nursing major and first-generation college student, spoke on behalf of scholarship recipients. “The scholarship I received did more than help me with tuition,” she said. “It helped me gain confidence that I could really accomplish my dream of becoming a registered nurse. I was able to fully immerse myself in my studies, not only to help save someone’s life one day, but also show to scholarship donors that their contribution was worth it. To me, this scholarship is a gift that keeps on giving. Because of it, I’m able to give back to my community and make a difference in people’s lives, and for that, I’m endlessly grateful.”  


The event’s major corporate sponsors were Cancer Treatment Centers of America® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center; Robbins Schwartz; R.J. Galla Insurance, Inc.; West Deerfield Township; Legat Architects; First Bank of Highland Park; and Manhard Consulting, Ltd. Prize sponsors included Lake County Watersports and Libertyville Chevrolet.  In addition, several members of the Foundation’s volunteer board participated as volunteers and generous donors to the event. This year’s event featured four unique hole-in-one contests for prizes.

Golf Contest Results:

  • First-place Team Award: Julie Kriedemann, Marty Mangan, Michael Shannon, and Jason Smith with a score of 61.
  • Putting Contest: Jim Fitzgerald
  • Driving Contest and Longest Putt Contest: Chris Birch
  • Closest to the Pin Contest: Joseph Rossi

To view pictures of the event, visit

About the College of Lake County Foundation:

The College of Lake County Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation that provides additional resources in support of the educational goals of the college. It also encourages and promotes activities to create a positive environment for student, faculty and staff success. For more information or to make a gift supporting CLC student success, contact the CLC Foundation Office at (847) 543-2091 or 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. For details, visit