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Leon McNair Memorial Fund

Established 2016

Leon McNair
Leon McNair

The Leon McNair Memorial Fund was created as a memorial to Leon McNair.

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.

While attending Southern Illinois University, he played on the university’s 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.

He went on to become the director of golf and manager of the Fox Bend Golf Course in Oswego for thirty-eight years.

In October 2015, the Illinois Department of Transportation, by direction of Governor Bruce Rauner, designated a portion of Route 34 near the Fox Bend Golf Course as the “Leon McNair Highway” to celebrate Mr. McNair’s induction into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame.

Mr. McNair served as president of the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation and the Illinois PGA.  Additionally, he was a member of the PGA Education Committee, National Oldsmobile Scramble Advisory Board, and PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game.

A giver of good through game of golf: A tribute to Leon McNair

…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

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

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

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

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