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Aurora Optimist Club Endowment Fund

Established 2001

Robert I. Stuart
Robert I. Stuart

The Aurora Optimist Club was organized prior to World War II.

The club sponsored many community activities related to youth including American Legion Boys Baseball, Girls Softball, Oratorical Contests, summer camperships and the Junior Optimist Club at Lincoln School.

The club was noted for its annual fundraising event, the sale of Christmas trees, which supported numerous philanthropic efforts.

Before disbanding in 2001, the club created an endowment fund within the Foundation to provide annual camperships for children attending the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association’s Summer Camps.

All distributions are made in the name of Robert I. Stuart (1919-2003), a longtime member and former president of the club.

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

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

…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

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

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