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Mary S. Bertolini Hope Fund

Established 2006

Mary S. Bertolini
Mary S. Bertolini

The Mary S. Bertolini Hope Advisory Fund was created by her family to celebrate the life of this extraordinary woman.

Mary (Guerrieri) Bertolini (1960-2005) of Arlington Heights was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. She was the fifth of six children.

Mary was soft-spoken, caring, honest and intelligent. She was the consummate volunteer, willingly assisting anyone and everyone who needed help.

In 2004, Mary was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. According to her sister Grace McKnight, “Through her kind acts, quick wit and positive gracious demeanor, even in her most trying hours, Mary showed all of us how we should live and how we should die. Mary’s life was all about hope.”

The word “hope” is an integral part of the fund name because “hope” was an integral part of Mary’s life. Contributions received in her memory will be directed to awareness efforts, research for early detection and a cure for ovarian cancer.

Mary was survived by her husband Kenneth, son Anthony and daughter Sarah.

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

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

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

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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