Save The Date For Our Annual Awards Ceremony

We are delighted to announce that we will once again be hosting our Annual Awards Ceremony at the beautiful St. Ignatius College Prep. in Chicago. Please join us on Tuesday, May 8th to celebrate the academic success of some of Chicagoland’s most financially deprived students as they begin their journey towards economic and professional success. We are hoping to award a record 24 scholarships this year – our biggest class of scholars yet!

We will also be celebrating the perseverance and determination of our HEAR Class of 2018 as they prepare to graduate from their respective colleges and look towards their futures as college graduates.

Upcoming Events

Annual Awards Ceremony

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8th 2018 from 6.30-9.00pm.

Location: Foglia Library, St. Ignatius College Prep. (1076 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608)


Annual HEAR Foundation Fundraiser

Date/Time: Saturday, December 8th 2018 from 7.30-midnight

Location: Hilton Orrington Evanston (1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201)

The 11th Annual HEAR Fundraiser Was So Much Fun!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support us.

Our record breaking year ended on a high at our annual fundraiser in December. We were delighted that so many of our supporters were able to join us to celebrate the most successful year to date for the HEAR Foundation. Guests enjoyed fantastic music from our live band and danced the night away with their friends. The auction items were a hit, as was our First Annual Scholarship Squares competition – congratulations to Mike O’Leary who won a beautiful diamond bracelet.

Bob Wise, HEAR President, received an award for his years of service, and Kirk Kirkegaard received a Man Of The Year Award for his continued support of our Foundation. We are grateful to everyone who made 2017 such a successful year for the HEAR Foundation and we look forward to the next event!


Here are a few pictures from the event…….

Our 2017 Winter Scholars Social Brought Out Everyone’s Competitive Side!

Our Winter Social focused on team building: HEAR Scholars played games together and got a chance to talk to directors, mentors, and other supporters. 2017 was an eventful year for all of our scholars, but especially for the freshmen. This break is a great chance for all to decompress and set goals for 2018.

For the event we hosted Game Night at Pompei Taylor St restaurant in Chicago – because playing games together builds team spirit, fosters a sense of community, and gives our more competitive family members a chance to pit their strengths against each other.



Our 2017 Awards Ceremony Was A Great Success

On May 11th we celebrated with our new Class of 2021 HEAR Scholars at St. Ignatius College Prep. We had hoped to be in a position to present 12 scholarships this year, and we were delighted to be able to surpass that number, awarding 16 scholarships to exemplary High School students in financial need. Each scholar will be given a four year sholarship of $20,000. This is a huge milestone for the Foundation as we surpassed our goal of 50 scholarships and $1,000,000 committed to helping exemplary students in financial need fulfill their ambitions of a further level education.

We were fortunate to be joined by many of our HEAR Family and friends who joined with us to celebrate the opportunity these young adults have been given. We also congratulated our graduating Class of 2017 who are now starting the next phase of their life’s journey.

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Class of 2021 HEAR Scholars and some of our new Graduates!
Claudia Szarflaski "In 10 years .... I will be Revolutionary"
New and Existing Scholars at our 2017 Awards Ceremony
Members of the Kirkegaard Family with New Class of 2021 Scholar Aileen Acosta and Class of 2016 Scholar Carlos Montero
Andrea Guzman - In 10 Years

HEAR Volunteer Day, Thanksgiving Edition


Saturday, November 19 2016.

Last year, we had the wonderful opportunity to lend a helping hand to families in Englewood and provide part of their Thanksgiving dinner! On November 19, HEAR volunteers returned to St. Sabina for a food distribution just in time for the holidays. Would you like to join in with our next drive?

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