Ibarra Family Scholarship Fund
Introducing the Ibarra Family Scholarship Fund. Created through the generosity of the Ibarra family, this scholarship fund will provide an annual award to a Sycamore High School graduate of Mexican ethnic origin. This award honors the late Maria De Jesus Ibarra, who worked tirelessly to support her family and encourage ongoing education for her children.
Growing up in El Paso Texas, the parents of Juan Ibarra worked many hours to provide for their children. Over and over his parents would stress the importance of education and the opportunities it would provide in the future. They taught that life could be very difficult without a good education. This consistent message propelled Juan and his siblings on to pursue their dreams. After high school, Juan set his sights on becoming a medical doctor. He enrolled at Texas Tech University where he completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at the age of 24. Juan achieved his dream of medical doctor in 1987 and today is known as Juan Ibarra, MD, Pain Management Specialist, for CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Juan and his wife Michelle currently live in Sycamore where they stay busy, blessed with four children and two grandchildren.
Juan’s mother, Maria De Jesus Ibarra, passed away a few years ago from breast cancer. Maria lived out her appeal for education, graduating from college at the age 50 and becoming a substitue teacher.
Cornerstone Christian Academy Fund
Announcing the Cornerstone Christian Academy Fund, a new designated endowment fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Created through the generosity of Bud and Debra Burgin, this fund will provide ongoing support to Cornerstone Christian Academy to continue their mission of providing each student a comprehensive education, based on God’s truth, while building stronger relationships among parents, staff, and students.
Bud and Debra Burgin have lived in DeKalb for over 30 years. During those 30 years, the Burgins have stayed connected to the community through a variety of volunteer roles at their church and local nonprofits. One of these volunteer roles for Bud included a term from 1993-1996 on the inaugural board of directors for the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Their desire in setting up this new fund is to continue the good work they see at Cornerstone Christian Academy, the school where their grandson attends. “We are so impressed with the way our grandson has stretched and grown both academically and spiritually, since enrolling in Cornerstone,” said Bud. “We want to ensure this institution continues to build leaders that will influence society for the glory of God.”
Cornerstone Christian Academy is located at 355 N. Cross Street in Sycamore. Founded in 1976, Cornerstone exists as an independent PreK-12 grade Christian School accredited by the Association of Christian School International (ACSI).
Sandwich Fair Association Fund
Introducing the Sandwich Fair Association Fund, a new agency fund at the Community Foundation. This new fund provides a way for people and organizations to give back in support of the Sandwich Fair Association. Donations received will support the mission of the Sandwich Fair Association, Inc.
Created in November 2017, the Sandwich Fair Association Fund joins two other funds at the Community Foundation, all for the benefit and ongoing support of the Sandwich Fair Association. Created in 2005, the Friends of the Sandwich Fair Fund is solely dedicated to support capital building and improvement projects on the Sandwich Fairgrounds. A third fund, the Sandwich Fair Association Endowment Fund exists in perpetuity to support the mission and operating needs of the Sandwich Fair Association, Inc.
Donations to any of these three funds are tax-deductible and invited from individuals, families, and businesses who want to support the Sandwich Fair in a variety of ways. Estate gifts can also be made to these funds; as well as the option for donors to create their own named fund through the Community Foundation to support the Sandwich Fair in general.
Turner Family Charitable Fund
Introducing the Turner Family Charitable Fund, a new donor advised fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. This new fund will allow the Turner family to generously support needs in the community that align with their charitable interests.
Rick and Anita Turner have been in the community for a number of years, raising all five of their children in Sycamore. Four of the five children are now married, extending the reach of their family from Illinois, to Nevada, to Florida. The Turners recently celebrated another life event as they welcomed the birth of their first granddaughter in 2017.
Jay & Lynn Montgomery Fund
Announcing the Jay & Lynn Montgomery Fund, a new donor advised fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. As lifelong residents of the Sycamore community, this fund provides a way for the Montgomery’s to give back to the community they love.
Jay and Lynn Montgomery have lived in DeKalb County their entire lives. Both were born in the old Sycamore Hospital on the corner of Somonauk and Elm St. and later graduated from Sycamore High School. The Montgomery’s owned and operated “The Goldmine”, a jewelry store located in St. Charles for 33 years.
Staying connected to the community is a high priority for the Sycamore couple. Both Jay and Lynn give of their time and talent in a variety of volunteer roles including board membership, officers of organizations and clubs, leaders, teachers, co-chairs, and coaches. One of the highlights from their volunteer activities include the instrumental roles they played in the establishment of the “Take Root” fundraiser for the Sycamore Education Foundation.
Tails Humane Society Fund
Introducing the Tails Humane Society Fund, a new agency fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. This new fund will provide unrestricted financial support to Tails Humane Society to fulfill their mission and purpose, to build a compassionate community through the care of companion animals.
Assisting with the care of over 2,400 homeless animals each year, the Tails Humane Society Fund will provide additional support to meet the ongoing needs of the shelter. Tails Humane Society, located in DeKalb, is a limited admission animal shelter. Animals in their care receive quality medical care and shelter, giving each the best chance at adoption. These expenses include, but are not limited to, food, medication, surgical and veterinarian bills. Ongoing programs at the shelter and fees for service cover only a portion of the necessary funds to continue day-to-day operations and care. Additional revenue comes through fundraising and dedicated donor support. Learn more.
Endowment Fund in Honor of Edna L. Nelson & Kenneth A. Johnson
The DeKalb County Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new agency fund, the Endowment Fund in Honor of Edna L. Nelson & Kenneth A. Johnson. Created by Yvonne Johnson and First Lutheran Church of DeKalb, this fund will provide support for the purchase of children’s Bibles, expenses associated with Vacation Bible School, and/or other Christian education programming for children and youth in the congregation.
As a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church and caretaker of her family estate, Yvonne approached the church about combining the gifts left by her aunt and brother to create a single fund. As a former teacher and a passion for learning, Yvonne proposed using the fund to support education in the children’s program. Through an endowed agency fund at the Community Foundation, this fund would provide annual support for the children’s ministry, freeing the church from the administrative and investment burdens of managing a fund.
The Endowment Fund in Honor of Edna L. Nelson & Kenneth A. Johnson is the second agency fund providing support to a faith-based organization in DeKalb County. Learn more.
Suter Family Scholarship Fund
Made possible through the generosity of the Suter family, the DeKalb County Community Foundation is happy to announce the Suter Family Scholarship Fund. This newly created scholarship fund will provide an annual award to graduates at both DeKalb and Sycamore high schools. The award will honor the late Charles and Helen Suter, their love for education and learning, and the family’s ongoing service to the community.
The Suters have been a part of DeKalb County for over 75 years, beginning when Charles and Helen moved to Sycamore in 1938. Charles, founder of The Suter Company Inc., ran a successful family business for many years, eventually handing it off to his sons in the early 1950’s. The Suter Company Inc. has continued to find success as a maker of top quality, innovative food products with distribution nationwide. Now run by the 3rd generation of Suters, the company continues to expand through innovation.
As with many funds at the Community Foundation, the Suter Family Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of a loved one. Recipients of the award will know it as the Charles & Helen Suter Memorial Scholarship award. Eligibility criteria for the award speaks to the values and ideals held by the family, holding academic achievement, volunteerism and service club involvement as preferred.
Malta Community Endowment Fund
The DeKalb County Community Foundation is excited to announce the first endowment fund created for the community of Malta, IL. Built through tax-deductible contributions from friends, neighbors, businesses, and community members, the Malta Community Endowment Fund will provide support for projects and services dedicated to improving the quality of life in Malta.
The idea for the Malta Community Endowment Fund came during the expansion of the Malta Public Library. At that time, the building campaign for the library was the talk of the town, bringing in a great deal of support from the people of Malta. Seeing the pride and dedication that arose from this project, local resident Kevin McArtor began to conceptualize a way for the people of Malta to invest in their community for years to come. After pitching the idea to his mom, Mary Lynn McArtor, the Malta Community Fund was on its way to fruition with a lead gift.
Over the last year, support for the fund has grown continually through meetings in the community. The fund became official on December 13, 2016 through generous support from twelve community members.