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!

Scholarship Success!

This year, Scholarship Nights were held in May at each of the Lincoln-Way High Schools to honor outstanding senior graduates. Ten students from each school have been chosen by the District's Scholarship Committee! The Lincoln-Way Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt “Congratulations!” to the recipients of the 2017 Lincoln-Way Foundation Scholarships! We wish them the best of luck and continued success in their future endeavors. Our scholarship recipients are as follows:

From Lincoln-Way Central:

· Madison Brownrigg
· Eli Gaier
· John Hall
· Emily Martino
· Mason Maze
· Gillian Nevins
· Alyssa Oberlin
· Antonio J. Penaherrera
· Grace N. Pieczynski
· Riley Underwood

From Lincoln-Way East:

· Nicholas Brattoli
· Olivia Drafke
· Collin Kavanaugh
· Kelsey McInturff
· Michaela Mitchell
· Matthew Moutvic
· Michael Piunti
· Thomas Scott
· Ryan Siggins
· David Werner

From Lincoln-Way West:

· Aydan Delaney
· Amanda Flynn
· Michael O’Lear
· Christian Panici
· Alexander Pearse
· Morgan Posewick
· Savannah Rusch
· Tyler Starkus
· Cassidy Tiberi
· Annelise Trout

Additionally, the Lincoln-Way Foundation would like to congratulate senior Ian McCormick of Lincoln-Way East on his receipt of the Gregory T. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship. The Foundation lost a founding member, avid supporter, and dedicated volunteer when Greg Hobbs passed away on April 11th. Greg Hobbs served as a Charter Director of the Lincoln-Way High School Foundation for Educational Excellence since its inception in 1994. He was instrumental in forming the board's bylaws, policies and committees, as well as working with all members that have served on the board over the years.

Greg served as President twice, as well as Chairperson of many committees. He was the first chair for our Dream Raffle, making it a successful event for the Foundation for years to come. "Greg served the community because he was passionate about the Foundation's mission. He believed in giving back to the students and enhancing the wonderful opportunities they already receive at LW," stated Janet Olivieri Caschetta, who has served with Greg since 1994. "He always offered a great perspective on our events and ideas to improve the quality, which always translated to raising more funds for the students."

Greg also served on the Donations Committee, ensuring that funds raised by our community were able to affect a large group of students through grant requests by teachers. "Greg's legacy is one of generosity, especially of his time. He enjoyed volunteering and giving back,” says Janet Olivieri Caschetta. Greg resided in the Lincoln-Way community for over forty years. He graduated from St. Procopius College with a degree in philosophy, going on to teach junior high English at St. Mary's Grade School in Mokena where he met his wife, Karyl. He operated Manhattan Realty and created many subdivisions in Manhattan where he lived before moving to Frankfort. Greg and Karyl raised three children: all graduates of the Lincoln-Way School District.

Greg was a long-time Board Director of the First Bank of Manhattan. He was also an active member of the Joliet Country Club, where he served as board president for two terms and also served as greens and ground coordinator. Greg enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, boating, the Cubbies, Bears and most importantly, spending time with his family.

Marathon Momentum:

Congratulations to Lincoln-Way East student Jacob Heimlich, who took first place in the Lincoln-Way Half Marathon. Jacob finished with a time of 1:28:03! To view full race results, click Click Here.

We would like to again extend a special “thank you” to our sponsors and participants of the Lincoln-Way Half Marathon! Thanks to your generosity and involvement, the education of Lincoln-Way students will continue to flourish! Thank you to:

  • Our presenting sponsor: Steve Siwinski of Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.

  • Our event sponsors: Always Home Real Estate Services LLC, Aurelio’s Pizza, Ciarlette and Robbins, The Law Office of Joseph M. Kosteck, Proven Business Systems, and Riverside Healthcare.

  • Our in-kind sponsors: The Creamery, Spray of Sunshine, Energy Nutrition, Bite Size Pediatric Dentistry, Jimmy John’s, Emagine, and Dick Pond Athletics.

  • Our participants: Thank you for braving the weather to run for a great cause!

Get Involved!

  • Looking for a great job? The Lincoln-Way Foundation will be hiring an Executive Director this summer! The job posting will be on the Foundation website and released in area papers by mid-July. We are hoping to have someone in the position by August. If you would like to learn more about the position, please feel free to contact LW210Foundation@lw210.org.

  • Board Members and Volunteers: 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 Michelle Moyle at LW210Foundation@lw210.org.

  • Partnership: 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!

Partner Showcase

This quarter’s featured partners are Currie Motors and The Odyssey!

  • Currie Motors: A Sophomore Partner of the Foundation since 2012, Currie Motors has consistently supported our mission. Over the years, Currie has actively been involved in many fundraisers such as the Dream Raffle featuring a car to be won, allowing money to be donated for test drives, and supporting our school calendar with featured ads to name a few. “Being a business in the community, we feel it is important to support the school district”, said Jason Latif, General Manager. “We have many families that support Currie Motors and this is our way of giving back”. Located at 9423 W Lincoln Highway in Frankfort, Currie Motors is a Ford dealership offering both new and used vehicles as well as a service department that thrives on exceptional customer service. “We are fortunate to have Currie as a Partner and they have always gone above and beyond in supporting our mission whenever approached,” said Karl Landenberger, Board Director of the Foundation. Kim Jiracek, Partner Co-Chair of the Foundation added, “Their motto, ‘We are nice people to do business with,’ is very true!” Currie Motors can be reached at 888-256-8760 and inventory can be viewed at http://www.currieford.com.

  • The Odyssey has been a Freshman Partner with the Lincoln-Way Foundation since 2009. The Odyssey has been instrumental as the hosting venue for one of our biggest annual fundraisers: The Dinner Gala. “They have always worked with us to ensure the best evening for all of our guests,” said Jamie Viebach, co-chair of the Dinner Gala. “There is so much going on that evening; it gives us peace of mind that we don’t have to worry about the food, or any issues with the facility.” The Vice President of Operations at The Odyssey, Nick Halikias said, “It is a pleasure to work with the Foundation’s directors in making their Dinner Gala special every year; it is nice to know that The Odyssey can help support such an important goal and to see the money raised go back to the students.” In March of 2017, The Odyssey debuted elegant renovations. Located at 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, The Odyssey plans special events such as weddings, corporate events and fundraisers, and can accommodate anywhere from 40-900 guests. They also host a weekly, gourmet Sunday Champagne Brunch. The Odyssey can be reached at 708-429-7400. To learn more, visit their website at http://www.TheOdysseyVenue.com.

Lincoln-Way Calendar

Each school year, the Foundation provides over 5,000 families and community members with a vital calendar that continues to receive "gotta have it" remarks from purchasers. Calendars can be pre-ordered online when registering your student. They will be on sale throughout the school year and ready for pick-up in August! As always, proceeds from calendar sales will benefit all Lincoln-Way students.

Commemorative Bricks (Available to order at any time!)

Honor someone special with the perfect Lincoln-Way gift! Each commemorative brick will be placed along the walls of the high school auditorium, allowing the honoree’s name to become a permanent part of the halls where they spent their high school years.

A brick can be purchased for any individual or any group; names of student athletes, siblings, and teams all line the hallways! If interested, please contact Steve Hogan at LW210Foundation@lw210.org.

Amazon Smile

It's never been easier to give back! Just go to smile.amazon.com and choose Lincoln-Way High School Foundation for Educational Excellence Inc. as your charity. Signing in from smile.amazon.com allows a portion of your purchase to be donated to Lincoln-Way.