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 Lincoln-Way Foundation’s newly hired Executive Director, Bob Kennedy. Bob joined the Lincoln-Way Foundation September 5th and has hit the ground running. Bob has spent much of his career in the banking industry and served on the LW Foundation Board for numerous years in the past. “We are honored to have such a wonderful person serve as our Executive Director, “ said President, David Zang, “Bob has always put 100% into his volunteerism on any organization he has served. We are excited to have him guide us in reaching our goals and upholding our mission.” Bob Kennedy can be reached at Robert.kennedy@lw210.org.



A big “Thank you!!” to all of the families who purchased a LincolnWay Foundation Calendar! For those still interested, it is not too late! You can pick up your calendar which holds all the school events, including delayed start, early dismissal and a multitude of student candid photos, and so much more! The calendars can be purchased for $15.00 at any of the Lincoln-Way High Schools. Also area business coupons are inside for savings and enjoyment! As always, proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit all Lincoln-Way students.


The Lincoln-Way Foundation is hosting its Annual Dinner Gala on Saturday, October 28th 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 http://LWEF2017.gesture.com We are in the process of gathering donations for the event. Businesses and individuals interested in donating an item can contact Bob Kennedy at Robert.kennedy@lw210.org. Tickets are $125/person. To make a reservation please call 815-462-2976.


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


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.


The Lincoln-Way Foundation will be hosting its second annual Half Marathon on April 22, 2018! Registration information will be coming soon.


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 Partners are Joel DeTella and Bruce Burns

The Lincoln-Way Foundation would like to recognize Joel DeTella with Hauser Izzo, LLC, Attorneys at Law. Since 2013, Joel DeTella has been a committed Freshman Partner of the LW Foundation and has contributed annually to the Foundation’s mission and goals. He is a founding Partner of the law firm Hauser Izzo, whose focus is the provision of legal services for school districts and other local governmental entities. Their goal is to provide the highest quality legal service in an efficient manner, all the while staying accessible to their clients. Hauser Izzo uses a team approach and this collaborative strategy works well for their clients, and allows them to draw readily on those resources that will produce the best results. Public bodies which retain Hauser Izzo, LLC, retains the entire firm at the cost of a single attorney. Joel DeTella, and his wife Melissa have one daughter, Mia, who is a graduate of Lincoln Way East and a son, Michael, currently attending Central. “I believe in the LincolnWay school district”, Joel said,” and have witnessed both my children do exceptionally well due to the teachers and opportunities they have received there.” Partner Co-Chair, Kim Jiracek, said, “We are fortunate to have Partners like Joel DeTella, who readily commits every year and also enjoys attending our Dinner Galas, he consistently helps us in our mission of educational excellence.” Hauser, Izzo is located at 19730 Governors Hwy # 10, Flossmoor. Visit their website at www.hauserizzo.com.

The Lincoln-Way Foundation is very grateful and would like to thank Burns Photography for their continuous support since 2009 as a Freshman Partner. Bruce Burns and his professional team specialize in Wedding, Family, Children, School, Sports and Pet Photography. Their focus is to create a timeless portrait and turn moments into memories. "I really enjoy photographing the students at the events, and am a believer in giving back to the school," said Bruce, "I get to meet many of the Lincoln-Way Families and value the way the Foundation provides benefits and supports the District's students. Co-Chair of the Partner Program, Michelle Moyle stated, "Bruce has always contributed to the Foundation without hesitation and we always enjoy his presence at our events." Burns Photography is located at 2555 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox. Visit their website at burnsphoto.net or call 815-485-4802.

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