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ECC Foundation celebrates Founders’ Day, raises money for scholarships

Founders Day

The Foundation held its 17th Annual Founders’ Day Celebration on February 15 on the ECC Spartan Drive campus.

Some dreams just need a little help. And some students just need a little financial assistance to help them along the way. 

Supporting the Elgin Community College Foundation is vital to the overall mission of the Foundation, which is made possible through the generous support of community investors. 

This year, the Foundation held its 17th Annual Founders' Day Celebration on February 15 on the ECC Spartan Drive campus. A champagne reception took place in the Building C Renner Academic Library before the luncheon and awards ceremony began in the Jobe Lounge. The event was previously held in the Building E University and Business Center. 

More than 260 students, ECC employees, retirees and community members and businesses supported the event and attended the celebration, including Edy Molina, the student speaker for the occasion.

Co-chairs of the planning committee for the event were Michael Kluber, president of Kluber Architects + Engineers; and Roger Ramey, ECC faculty and liaison to the ECC Foundation Board.

The event raised more than $55,000.

Culinary Arts student Elena Cortes, of Bartlett, was one of over 20 Foundation scholarship recipients who served as volunteers during the Founders' Day Celebration.  Cortes said the money she received from Foundation scholarships helped pay for uniforms, transportation and child care costs. 

"It has helped me a whole lot," she said. "Investing in the Foundation is a way for community members to give back. It is a trustworthy organization and you get to see results first hand."

Maria Pimentak, of Carpentersville, who is majoring in accounting concurs.  Pimentak was another Foundation scholarship recipient in attendance at the event. 

"I'm able to pay for expensive books, classes and buy calculators," she said. "And I'm working really hard to earn good grades. I want to make the investors proud and show them it's a good investment."

Mark Seigle, owner of Seigle's Cabinet Center, also attended the event. 

Seigle, a former Foundation board member, strongly believes in the work the Foundation has done over the years. He encourages other community members to get involved.  

"By supporting the Foundation, you are supporting the college, its students and staff," he said. "The Foundation has done an extraordinary job at raising the college's identity and stature; making ECC the best option. It is the most efficient and effective post high school education."

Each year, the Founders' Day Celebration commemorates the 1949 founding of the college. 

Nine community members were recognized this year for their contributions to ECC and their community.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Richard C. Alberding (Class of '51); the Elgin Community College Friend of Education Award was presented to the Elgin Golden K Kiwanis Club; the Exceptional Friend of the Elgin Community College Foundation Award was presented to the Rotary Club of Elgin, and Lasting Impact Awards were presented to Ernie Broadnax, Charles Burnidge, John Fenzel, DeLores Doederlein, and Linda Siete.


Related Link: ECC Foundation

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