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Leon McNair Endowment Fund

Established 2014

Leon McNair
Leon McNair

The Leon McNair Endowment Fund provides grants to the First Tee of Aurora and the Fox River Valley in the name of Leon McNair.

Grants awarded from the fund help defray the expense for local youth to participate in the sport of golf.

Leon McNair (1941-2016) was born in Amsterdam, New York.  He moved to Illinois where he attended Glenbard West High School. While in high school, he received the Most Valuable Player Award in Golf in 1959 and 1960.

He then played on the Southern Illinois University five-man golf team that won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1964. In 1966, he received a degree in advertising and public relations from the university.

Leon McNair was the director of golf and manager of the Fox Bend Golf Course for thirty-eight years.

He served as the president of the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation where he was instrumental in launching Links Across America. This initiative has created a team of company partners from the golf industry to develop short golf courses (three, six or nine-hole courses) throughout the country.

These courses provide affordable golf for youth, families, adult beginners and individuals with injuries or disabilities. To date, eighteen such courses have been developed in thirteen states across the country.

Mr. McNair served as president of the Illinois PGA and member of the PGA Education Committee, National Oldsmobile Scramble Advisory Board and PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game.

He was a member of the board of directors of the First Tee of Aurora and Fox River Valley, National Alliance for Accessible Golf and Freedom Golf Association.

Mr. McNair had two children with his wife, Carole Anne.



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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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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