Our Annual Awards Ceremony Was A Great Success!

On May 8th, The HEAR Foundation was delighted to announce our new HEAR Class of 2022 at our annual awards ceremony at St. Ignatius College Prep. in Chicago. Thank you to John Chandler, Vice President at St. Ignatius, for allowing us once again to use the beautiful Foglia library (and courtyard) for our celebration.

We were delighted to welcome Dr. Toinette McClellan Gunn, Vice President of Programs at Chicago Scholars, as our keynote speaker. Her speech resonated with all of our scholars, and many others in our audience, as she described the challenges she faced in pursuit of her own academic career.

This year, thanks to the continued generosity of our donors and supporters, we were able to offer 25 scholarships – our biggest class yet. We look forward to watching these exemplary Chicagoland students succeed in their own college journeys, and we will be there to help them every step of the way.

We also celebrated 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

HEAR Scholars Summer Social

Date/Time: to be confirmed.

We hope you can join us for our annual summer social. Check back soon for more details!


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.



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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