Welcome to the Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation

History of the Foundation

A Strong Beginning
The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation for Educational Excellence was issued a certificate of incorporation of the Foundation on the 22nd day of September, 1994, in compliance with the laws of the State of Illinois, and was filed for record on September 30, 1994 in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of the County of Will.

The first meeting of the initial Board of Directors of Lincoln-Way High School Foundation for Educational Excellence, a not-for-profit corporation, was held at Lincoln-Way Community High School, in the Village of New Lenox, on the 4th day of October, 1994, at the hour of 5:30 pm, pursuant to call and notice by a majority of directors of said Foundation.

At that initial meeting, bylaws were adopted, and it was resolved that there would be scheduled monthly meetings of the Board of Directors and an annual meeting in the month of April.

The chairperson called for the nomination of the officers. The following persons were nominated and elected: 

  • President Ron Kokal
  • Vice-President Dr. Dianne Ross
  • Secretary Kim Tessiatore
  • Treasurer Tony Tortorici

Charter Directors:

  • Janet Caschetta
  • Bruce Friefeld
  • Greg Hobbs
  • Ron Kokal, president
  • Al Krusemark, Sr.
  • Loren Lysen
  • Hans Mueller
  • Dr. Dianne Ross, vice president
  • Kim Tessiatore, secretary
  • Sue Thomas
  • Tony Tortorici, treasurer
  • James Warning
  • Steve White

Fundraising ideas discussed at the initial meeting included:

  • Raffle of the Lincoln-Way Project House
  • District 210 Calendar
  • Scholarship Raffle
  • Credit Card Rebate
  • Letter to Lincoln-Way alumni requesting charter donations
  • Sales of bricks for walk, or donation of Hall of Fame


First Editorial Appearing in the New Lenox Community Reporter, by Jari Jackson
“A new non-profit foundation is being established at Lincoln-Way High School to accept gifts and help generate funds for extra school needs.

The idea is a sound one that has been adopted by several school districts in Illinois with good results. The funds often are earmarked for extra equipment for classrooms or laboratories that will help enhance the school’s programs.

The Lincoln-Way area foundation members have been named and officers are expected to be elected soon. Meanwhile, committees have been working on bylaws and a mission statement.

We think the non-profit foundation concept is a good one and hope that it will help generate considerable extra funds for Lincoln-Way projects and activities. The gifts to the foundation can mean an important savings in tax dollars and help fulfill many school needs.

Businesses, families, and private individuals all will have an opportunity to help make the foundation a big success. We look forward to seeing the contributions roll in to help boost the many Lincoln-Way programs.”