Welcome to
Foundation Talk

…where you can stay up-to-date on the latest happenings around
The Lincoln-Way High School District 210
Foundation for Educational Excellence!


To the newest Lincoln-Way Foundation’s Board Directors Maria Bojan, Richard Gartelmann Jr. and Matt Van Ordstrand. Both gentlemen joined the Lincoln-Way Foundation in January 2018 & have hit the ground running! Maria joined the Board in March 2018. Rich has spent much of his career in the banking & wealth management industry with Old Second Bank while Matt is a local attorney practicing in Frankfort. Maria has been in the Lincoln-Way community for 43 years with both her & her husband being Lincoln-Way alumni. “We are honored to have such quality people serve/volunteer to help enhance academic opportunities at all three high schools, “said President, David Zang. “These three individuals have always put 100% into any organization they have served. We are excited to have their assistance in helping us reach our goals & upholding our mission.”



A big “Thank you!!” to all of the families who purchased a 2017/2018 Lincoln-Way Foundation Calendar! For those still interested, it is not too late! You can buy your calendar which holds all the school events, including delayed start, early dismissal & a multitude of student candid photos, plus so much more! Area business coupons are inside for savings & enjoyment! The calendars can be purchased for $15.00 at any of the Lincoln-Way High Schools.

The 2018/2019 calendars are being created today & we are offering ad space to businesses to promote their goods & services. As always, proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit all Lincoln-Way students. Contact Bob Kennedy at 815-462-2976 to reserve your ad space now!


The second annual Lincoln-Way Foundation Half Marathon is to be held on Sunday April 22, 2018. Specific information can be found at www.lincolnwayhalfmarathon.com to sign up & receive details. It is a chip-timed race that starts/finishes at Breidert Green in downtown Frankfort. Sponsors & runners are welcome to this rain or shine event. Contact Bob Kennedy at 815-462-2976 or robert.kennedy@lw210.org or event chair Stacie McGlone at 773-213-1150 for additional info.


The Lincoln-Way Foundation Summer Fest is our newest event, coming Friday, July 13 to CD n ME in Frankfort. The event will have two Lincoln-Way related bands performing rain or shine in the beautiful surroundings from 6pm till 11pm. There will be food, refreshments, & raffles at this 21 and older event. What a great place to meet up with classmates or hold an alumni/reunion event. Come out with a group of friends & enjoy live music under the stars! Tickets will be sold soon at the three high schools as well as CD n ME & Ticketmaster. A limited number of tables can be reserved for a fee by contacting Bob Kennedy at 815-462-2976.


The Lincoln-Way Foundation is hosting its Annual Dinner Gala on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. This black-tie optional affair is one of the Foundation’s largest fundraisers. The evening includes a silent auction, raffles, and a live auction with one-of-a-kind items. A special feature of the evening is music provided by Lincoln-Way students. Guests will enjoy dinner and dancing all while celebrating Lincoln-Way and raising funds to give our students even greater opportunities. The week of the event, there will be a chance to view and bid on the silent auction items before that evening. If interested please visit LWEF2017.gesture.com as we are in the process of gathering donations for the event. Businesses & individuals interested in donating an item can contact Bob Kennedy at 815-462-2976..


Is an important consideration in proper estate planning, especially for alumni & those that feel a quality education is vital to a community’s success. For more than 65 years, Lincoln-Way High School has provided one of the finest educational experiences to families in the state. It is the goal of our Foundation to continue to support that mission for decades to come, but we need your help. Planned gifts give both you, the donor, & the Foundation an opportunity to map out a stable financial future. Planned gifts include bequests, trusts and annuities, and more. A planned gift gives you the chance to donate at a time that is best for you, and may provide several tax benefits. We can help provide estate planning tools so that you can look ahead & find for a way to include the Lincoln-Way Foundation for Educational Excellence in your overall financial plan. Contact Bob Kennedy or Rich Gartelmann Jr. at 815-462-2976 to pursue this worthwhile option.


We would like to extend a big thank you to all the teachers, administrators & staff of the Lincoln-Way High School district who participate in our Cents for Kids 210 fundraiser! Each employee of the district has the opportunity to contribute a part of their paycheck to the foundation which goes towards grants & scholarships which in turn, go back to the students! Your donations do matter!


The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation for Educational Excellence is proud to offer the opportunity to recognize Lincoln-Way high school graduates with commemorative bricks. Each commemorative brick will be placed along the walls outside the graduate’s high school auditorium, allowing the honoree’s name to become a permanent part of his or her building. The cost is $100 and funds go to grants & scholarships. Call Bob Kennedy to reserve your space today at 815-462-2976.


The Foundation is seeking Board Members and/or volunteers who are interested in helping us achieve our mission of enhancing educational excellence through fundraising efforts. We have openings for Directors on the Board, as well as openings for volunteers to help with our upcoming 2017 events. To learn more, contact Bob Kennedy or Michelle Moyle at LW210Foundation@lw210.org.


Since its launch in 2007, the Lincoln-Way Foundation Partner Program has become the cornerstone of the Foundation's fundraising efforts. As of today, we have over 40 area businesses and individual Partners. The annual gift giving donations range from $1,500-$20,000. These area businesses and individuals help us every year by enhancing Lincoln-Way students’ experience through providing limitless educational opportunities. A list of our Partners can be found on our website, along with a link to each of the businesses. Please contact Kim Jiracek at LW210Foundation@lw210.org if you are interested in becoming a Partner!


The featured partner is the Huntington Learning Center in Mokena

The Foundation is proud to have Huntington Learning Center in Mokena as a Freshman Partner in 2018. Huntington Learning Center has been around for over 40 years!

The Center in Mokena is owned & operated by Ripon Bhuiya who resides locally in New Lenox. He believes in creating a family-friendly atmosphere so when you arrive, it’s more than just a place to learn. Ripon has dedicated teachers & staff that really care & gives students individualized attention they deserve.

Conveniently located at Wolf Road & Route 30 between Pops Italian Beef restaurant and State Farm Insurance, the business offers a stimulating environment to students of all ages. Ripon believes in supporting local families and businesses. Ripon stated recently, “We are proud to service Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox as well as Manhattan, Plainfield & Joliet. We are actively involved in the local community & thus, it was natural to partner with the Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation for Educational Excellence. We share a similar vision about quality education in Lincoln-Way.” Ripon & his wife Nora as well as two teachers, Michael Galos and Alyssa McBride, attended the annual Foundation Dinner Gala in October, 2017, commenting, “The event was impressive & raised needed monies for the Transitional Program as well as Lenovo devices to be used at all three schools. We were glad to attend & look forward to it in February, 2019.” At Huntington, they help kids from kindergarten to high school improve academic skills in reading, writing, math & study skills, as well as helping high school students with “one on one” help in specific subject matters like math, science, etc. An additional function is exam prep which helps students get into their “dream college” with higher test scores translating into expanded educational opportunities & potentially even more scholarship money.  They help specifically with ACT, SAT & the GED. 

Ripon continues to look forward to helping students & our community by giving the best education possible. The Foundation looks forward to this partnership for many years to come.

Another Featured Partner is Always Home Real Estate Services, LLC in Frankfort

Always Home Real Estate Services, LLC is our newest Freshman Partner donating $1500 to the Lincoln-Way H.S. District 210 Foundation for Educational Excellence. Owners, Stacie & Brendan McGlone created the company to offer a community-based service while maintaining a global marketing approach. The business recently expanded their offices to 20500 S La Grange Road in Frankfort and has grown significantly from three agents to twelve. The agents are like minded individuals who have a strong sense of community and strive to find the right fit for their clients. In the past year, their service has expanded to include Community Association Management in addition to assisting with home sales and rentals. The business website is www.alwayshome247.com

Brendan and Stacie have been supporters of the Foundation through their business and in June, 2016 Stacie joined our 501(c) (3), not-for-profit organization as a Board Director. “I chose to become part of the Foundation because of the positive work they do with fundraising & promoting education in all of the Lincoln-Way communities. As a REALTOR, I know there are many attributes that draw people to the Lincoln-Way area but the overwhelming reason is the quality of the schools.”

Stacie was the Chair of both the 2017 & 2018 Lincoln-Way Foundation Half Marathon taking place Sunday, April 22nd at the Breidert Green in downtown Frankfort. The race will start at 7am & wind through the Old Plank Trail and Will County Forest Preserve all the way to Lincoln-Way Central, then back to downtown Frankfort. People can visit www.lincolnwayhalfmarathon.com to sign up to run, donate, volunteer or obtain information.

The Foundation will also be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2019 & Stacie has been elevated to Co-chair of the 2/9/19 Dinner Gala event. “I look forward to the 2019 Dinner Gala as we have a very special anniversary to celebrate at the next event. “We have an enjoyable mix of personalities on our Board which makes our events fun to plan, participate in & attend. Through these events, we've generated funds that helped purchase Lenovo devices plus charging carts as well as furniture for the transitional programs at the schools. The dollars we raise touch the lives of thousands of students in all three schools.”

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