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Aurora Public Library Foundation Santori Fund

Established 2014

Main Aurora Public Library - Opening Spring 2015This fund was created in 2014 by the Aurora Public Library Foundation to support the future technology needs of the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora.  The library opened in June 2015.

In December 2013, the Aurora Public Library Foundation announced that Aurora’s new Main Library at 101 S. River Street would be named in honor of Richard and Gina Santori.  Dr. Gina Santori pledged a $3 million gift over a ten-year period for the new library as a memorial to her husband Richard.

According to Aurora Public Library Executive Director Daisy Porter-Reynolds, the fund is a wonderful resource that will support the latest technology far into the future.  “We are very grateful to Dr. Santori and hope that others, too, will invest in this fund,” she said.

“We are looking forward to working with the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley on the management of this fund that will benefit people of all ages and backgrounds,” added Aurora Public Library Foundation President Todd Drafall.

The current Main Library began serving patrons in 1904.  A $50,000 grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie helped to establish the current site. 

Through the Building Community…Transforming Lives Campaign, $4 million has been donated for the library and other purposes, and twenty-five locations in the Santori Library have been named to honor these donations.

“We are pleased to partner with the Aurora Public Library Foundation in the administration of this charitable fund that will serve the technology needs of Aurora’s residents for years to come,” said Community Foundation President & CEO Sharon Stredde.

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

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

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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