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Foundation Supports Woodridge Jaycees' Efforts to Assist Fire Victims

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The DuPage Community Foundation

The check presentation was made on June 7, 2014, at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser which the Jaycees organized to help the families.

"I wanted so badly for these people to know that they are not alone and that people care," said Debbi White, senator with the Woodridge Jaycees and co-chair of the fundraiser. "I just couldn't believe the generosity of The DuPage Community Foundation. It was very overwhelming."

In addition to a grant from the Foundation's Community Needs Grant Program, Szczepaniak reached out to the donor-advisors of the Foundation and explained that people were in need and required help. Their response was immediate and generous.

"We were truly saddened to hear that so many families lost their homes and belongings and we felt compelled to do something to help them rebuild their lives," said Szczepaniak.

"One of the last lines of the Jaycees Creed is 'service to humanity is the best work of life,'" said White. "The vision of the founders of the Jaycees is still teaching us today that through leadership, we can make a difference in our community."

About The DuPage Community Foundation:

The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $58 million and

awarded more than $18 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of

DuPage County and beyond.

Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation's grantmaking and community leadership activities.

For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or