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Arnold E. & Donna Lies Family Endowment Fund

Established 2009

Donna & Arnold Lies
Donna & Arnold Lies

The Arnold E. and Donna Lies Family Endowment Fund was established to provide support for the charitable needs of the Aurora community.

Arnold Lies (1929-2015) was a lifelong resident of Aurora.  He attended St. Therese Grade School, Marmion Academy and Marquette University.

Mr. Lies was a second lieutenant in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia and Camp Cooke in California.

For over fifty years, he owned and operated the Arnold Lies Company, a contracting firm responsible for the construction of many notable buildings in the Aurora area.

He gave back to his community through his service to Holy Angels Church, Provena Mercy Medical Center, Aurora Exchange Club and the West Aurora High School Sports Boosters Club.

Donna Lies (1931-2016) was a graduate of Holy Angels Grade School and West Aurora High School.

She volunteered for Provena Mercy Medical Center and St. Anne’s Society of Holy Angels Church.

At the time they created their fund within the Community Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Lies commented: “We have created an endowment fund to provide an ongoing legacy for the benefit of the community in which we have lived and raised our family.”

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

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

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

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