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!



A big “Thank You” to all of the families who will be purchasing a 2018/2019 Lincoln-Way Foundation Calendar! You can buy your calendar at registration, which contains 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 also be purchased for $15.00 at any of the three Lincoln-Way High Schools.

We thank all who participated in our 25th Anniversary Dinner Gala at the beautiful Odyssey C.C.! We generated over $66,000 in gross revenues which will help provide an additional $6,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors in 2019, boosting our scholarship dollars from $15,000 to $21,000 or $7,000 per school. If you won an auction item and have not claimed it, please call Bob Kennedy or Kathy Zolfo at 815-462-2976 to make arrangements at L-W Central. Our sponsors, donors & attendees deserve the credit for helping us make a difference in the lives of students at all three schools.


This 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 & retirees with Commemorative Bricks. Each commemorative brick will be placed along the walls outside the high school auditorium, allowing the honoree’s name to become a permanent part of his or her building. The cost is $100 & excess 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 @ 815-462-2976 or via email at robert.kennedy@lw210.org for details


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 to $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 Bob Kennedy, Dave Zang or Karl Landenberger at LW210Foundation@lw210.org if you are interested in becoming a Partner!

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