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Kane-Kendall Voiture 592 of the 40/8 Endowment Fund

Established 2006

This fund was created to commemorate the local chapter of the American Legion national honor society, La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux.

The endowment was made possible through a generous bequest received by the organization from H. L. “Les” Lester (1922-2004).

The national society was formed in 1920 by American Legionnaires as an honor society for those veterans who demonstrated exemplary service.

All members are veterans of congressionally recognized wartime periods.

The designation “40/8” represents World War I transports of American soldiers to the battlefields in France.

Narrow boxcars (Voitures) had the capacity to transport only forty men or eight horses.

The 40/8 designation was stenciled on the boxcars and remains a symbol to this day of the extraordinary sacrifice and commitment of our servicemen.

The local society provides grants to Special Olympics Illinois.  All distributions are made in the name of H. L. “Les” Lester.

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

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

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

…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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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