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Aurora American Legion Band Fund

Established 2017

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Aurora American Legion Band Fund was created to commemorate the Band’s 80th Anniversary Season in 2017.  The Fund supports the operation and mission of the Band.

Band History

In 1937, a pair of World War I veterans from the Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 in Aurora, Illinois formed a Cadet Band comprised of high school musicians that was sponsored by the Post.

During World War II, the Band’s activities were temporarily halted. After the war, the Band reformed in 1946 with veterans of both World Wars and later, veterans of Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and more recent conflicts joined the ranks.

Today, just as it was 80 years ago, the Aurora American Legion Band is an organization that encourages student musicians to develop a lifelong love affair with music while providing veterans, those currently serving our country, and adult musicians the opportunity to continue playing and performing, wherever they are in their musical careers. The Band continues to be true to its patriotic roots, performing in parades, concerts, and other observances in and around the Fox Valley.

The Aurora American Legion Band is entirely self-supporting; subsisting on donations and earnings from appearances.

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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