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posted: 9/24/2012 12:29 PM

CLC scholarship gala set for Sept. 29 at Lehmann Mansion

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The College of Lake County Foundation will host its scholarship gala, the Black and White Ball at the Mansion, Saturday, Sept. 29, at the historic Lehmann Mansion in Lake Villa.

The gala will begin with hors d'oeuvres, open bar, silent auction, raffles and games, then continue on to a gourmet dinner, followed by a live auction. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Ron Harris Group. Tickets are $250 each. All proceeds support the CLC Foundation Scholarship Fund.

The honorary chair for the Black and White Ball at the Mansion is Peggy McClain of Lake Villa. Over the past three years, McClain has made donations to the CLC Foundation's scholarship fund from investments made by her family's business, according to CLC Foundation Executive Director Bill Devore.

When she was looking for philanthropic ways to make a difference in Lake County, the opportunity to help local students achieve higher levels of education appealed to McClain, a former Lake County educator.

"In education, the idea is to help students better their lives and our community and to give them a hand up and not a hand out," McClain said.

"The CLC Foundation has been a great thing to be involved in because it's local. A lot of students who might benefit from scholarships will stay local, and a better educated workforce makes for a better community.

"It can give the students a better future life and improve their communities in some way. I like to support people who are interested in bettering themselves and to give them a helping hand to achieve that goal," she said.

Foundation scholarships address the needs of many kinds of students and include eight major award programs and nearly 100 designated scholarships. During the 2011-12 academic year, the CLC Foundation awarded scholarships to more than 800 students.

More than $1 million has already been raised in the Changing Lives Scholarship Campaign, which kicked off at the 2011 Foundation Gala.

For details, call (847) 543-2400 or visit To learn more about contributing to the CLC Foundation, visit