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Charles G. & Mary K. Whinfrey Endowment Fund

Established 2013

Mary & Charles Whinfrey
Mary & Charles Whinfrey

This fund provides income for the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program.

Charles George Whinfrey, Jr. (1923-2005) was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was raised in New Jersey.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 and was the captain of the minesweeper USS Reedbird for sixteen months, attaining the rank of lieutenant while serving off the coast of Pearl Harbor and in the Panama Canal. He then received a degree in science and agriculture from Cornell University.

After a successful sales career in the chemical industry with PennSalt Company in Philadelphia and Great Lakes Solvents in Chicago, Mr. Whinfrey founded Producers Chemical Company in Aurora in 1963.

To better serve its customers, the company later moved to Batavia and then to Sugar Grove. Mr. Whinfrey retired from the business in 1986 and turned over the operations to his family.

After retirement, he became involved with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Naples, Florida. He conducted search and rescue missions and also courtesy safety checks for recreational boaters. He also was a volunteer at Morton Arboretum.

He met his future wife Mary Kirk while they were students at Cornell University.  They were married in 1946.

Mrs. Whinfrey (1925-2013) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was instrumental in the founding of Producers Chemical Company in 1963 along with her husband.

She had a great sense of style and for almost thirty years worked and modeled at The Little Traveler in Geneva, Illinois and other retail boutiques in Naples, Florida.

The couple had three children – Donald, Peter and Jane Harris. Peter and Jane have both served as directors of the Community Foundation.

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

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

…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

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

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