Other Upcoming Events

Our Annual Fundraiser

Please mark your calendars for our fantastic 11th Annual  Holiday Fundraiser event on December 9th which will be held at The Orrington Hotel in Evanston. Tickets are on sale now!

HEAR Scholar/Mentor Event – December 27th, 2017

We will be hosting our annual winter event on December 27th ,2017. Full details will be available nearer the time, but mark your calendars now – we know how busy the holiday season gets. This event is open to all scholars (new, existing & graduating), mentors and all Board of Directors.

We hope you can make it!

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"
HEAR Executive Director Vera Pollina with some of our new Class of 2021 Scholars
Members of the Kirkegaard Family with New Class of 2021 Scholar Aileen Acosta and Class of 2016 Scholar Carlos Montero
New and Existing Scholars at our 2017 Awards Ceremony

Our 10th Annual Holiday Benefit in December 2016 was so much fun!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support us.

Here are a few pictures from the event…….

For more pictures of the evening, please check out our recent blog post

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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