2024 Forester Day

1,943
Donors
66% of 2,929 Donor goal
$818,531
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An Anonymous DonorBrittany Lenz matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $50Just for Student Leadership Development Programs

Patrick Austin photoPatrick Austin matched $2 for each donor, donating a total of $100Just for Cross Country & Distance Track

Matthew Kelley photoMatthew Kelley matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $100Just for General Endowment

An Anonymous DonorDerek Atchley matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $100Just for Swimming & Diving

An Anonymous DonorKarl Borchers matched $20 for each donor, donating a total of $220Just for Class of 2004

An Anonymous DonorNicki Pieart matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $250Just for Athletics - General

Jim photoCoach Cat matched $1 for each donor, donating a total of $480Just for Football

An Anonymous DonorAndrew V. Palmer matched $10 for each donor, donating a total of $230Just for Class of 2016

An Anonymous DonorLaila Sharifi matched $100 for each donor, donating a total of $1,000Just for Unpaid Stipends for Internships

An Anonymous DonorHanelle Culpepper Meier matched $5 for each donor, donating a total of $1,000
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Vicki Gerentes photoVicki Gerentes gave $100 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 2014

Lisa Ledvora photoLisa Ledvora gave $100 because 10 donors gaveJust for Careers

An Anonymous DonorIvan Ruiz gave $250 because 10 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorDavis DeKorte gave $250 because $250 was given by donorsJust for Golf-Men

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor gave $500 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 1974

An Anonymous DonorDave and Nancy Wilber gave $1,500 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 1968

An Anonymous DonorJean & Richard Tishler gave $2,500 because 25 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorJean & Richard Tishler gave $2,500 because 100 donors gaveJust for Academics

An Anonymous DonorTrustees Challenge gave $25,000 because 123 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorTrustees Challenge gave $25,000 because 1629 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorTrustee Challenge gave $25,000 because 123 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorAnonymous Loyal Donor gave $25,000 because 529 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorTrustee Challenge gave $25,000 because 86 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorPresidential Challenge gave $50,000 because 1329 donors gave

An Anonymous DonorLeap to a Brighter Future Unlocked gave $150,000 because 2929 donors gave
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About

Give Foresters a Brighter Tomorrow

On Thursday, February 29, our entire Forester community will come together to support the transformational opportunities that a Lake Forest College education fosters 

Forester Day is the College’s biggest day of giving back. Your participation helps us ensure a strong and sustainable future for Lake Forest College. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference!  

This year's participation goal—2,929 donorsis a bold target! Leap into “Leap Year” with your fellow Foresters as we work together to achieve this goal and as we continue our tradition of investing in Our Students, Our Campus, and Our World  

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Thank you Foresters!

Yesterday on Forester Day, 1,870 Foresters gave $624,163 in support of the College. We are grateful to you, and to our entire Forester Family, for coming together to support the amazing possibilities a Lake Forest College education fosters.

Thank you for your gift and for helping to shape a brighter future for our students!

Click here for photos: Forester Day Celebration

131 days ago by Marianne Riddell
We've unlocked $25,000!

We just hit 1,629 donors and have unlocked $25,000 from the Trustee Challenge! Keep the momentum going, Foresters!

133 days ago by Paige Haehlke
We're halfway there!

We're halfway to our donation goal with 1,465 gifts! Let's keep the momentum going—keep donating to support the bright future of our students.

133 days ago by Paige Haehlke
Call into our telethon!

Forester Legend Spike Gummere, Senior Director of Gift Planning Rich Bartolozzi '86, and Director of Alumni Engagement Kim Baker are available to talk and help you make your gift now until 1 p.m. at 847-735-6000!

133 days ago by Paige Haehlke
Thank You Trustees for Your Generosity

We are grateful to the members of our Board of Trustees for their dedication to the College and gifts to support today's Trustee Challenge.

Officers 

  • William A. Lowry ’84, Chairman
  • Marisue Lacher, Vice-Chairman
  • Stephen C. Strelsin, Secretary

Charter Trustees

  • Earl J. Barnes II ’86 
  • Charles M. Brennan III 
  • William G. Brown
  • John D. Carruthers ’78
  • Jessica Q. Coleman ’89
  • William Connell
  • Geoffrey M. Curtis ’97
  • Doni Fordyce-Urfirer ’81
  • Karen F. Frost ’88
  • David F. Gorter ’80
  • Robert D. Krebs
  • Marisue Lacher
  • Randall S. Lauer ’81
  • William A. Lowry ’84
  • Martino R. Moore ’99
  • Craig Omtvedt
  • Mark W. Shadle ’84
  • Joanne Storkan
  • Stephen C. Strelsin
  • Alexander D. Stuart
  • Sean W. Thomas ’81
  • Claudia Wyatt-Johnson ’69

National Trustees

  • Michael Abello
  • M. Mercedes Badia-Tavas 
  • Devon C. Bruce
  • Robert W. Crawford Jr. 
  • Vicki Angel Hagan '88
  • Cristen Kogl '88
  • Shao-Lee Lin
  • K. Scott Meloun '81
  • Diana Moore
  • Robert S. Murley
  • Dr. Angelique L. Richard ’85
  • Lisa Smith P'23

Life Trustees

  • Daniel D. Dolan Jr. ’80
  • Russell W. Fisher
  • James P. Gorter
  • Paula P. Lillard
  • David B. Mathis ’60
  • Marian P. Pawlick
  • Lorna Pfaelzer
  • Rhoda A. Pierce ’60

Ex Officio Trustees

  • Susan DuMont  ’07
  • Jill M. Baren, President, Lake Forest College
134 days ago by Marianne Riddell
Thank You Champion Challenge Donors

We couldn't have done it without you!

Lake Forest College deeply appreciates the Forester Day Champions who led the way with their increased gifts this fiscal year and created the Champions Challenge to encourage new gifts. Thank you!

  • Michelle and Kyle Bedalov 
  • Tam Tills and Sally Booy 
  • Jeremy H. Chase '70 
  • Ann Chipman 
  • Cynthia Hahn 
  • Peter and Ann DuBois 
  • Ted Dunn 
  • Chris Ellertson 
  • Brian Fife 
  • Les Fossel 
  • Vicki Gerentes 
  • Kent Grote 
  • Nancy Harris ‘71, P ‘06 
  • Whitney and Jacob Heaps 
  • Jacob and Whitney Heaps 
  • Marie Josephitis 
  • Mackenzie Knowling 
  • Gerry Korkin '66 
  • Skip Kovacs 
  • Jessica L. Gardner 
  • Lisa Ledvora ‘16 
  • Vernard Lockhart Jr., MPP, '08 
  • Ned Loughridge 
  • Dennis Maiman '72 
  • Hanelle Culpepper Meier
  • Sam and Hannah (Samberg) Mercier '16 
  • Bill Moylan 
  • CJ Myers 
  • Jim Oddo '83 and Linda Oddo 
  • Andrew V. Palmer '16 
  • Brian Quinn '71
  • Jackie Slaats 
  • Rachel Stickney 
  • Janet Story '83 
  • Kris Sundberg 
  • Nikki Thompson '02 
  • Neil Tolciss 
  • John and Peggy Tomick 
  • Phyllis Watson 
  • Chris Way '14 & Jason Ott 
  • James Wendt 
  • Suzanne Zuckerman Werner 
  • Phyllis Wyatt Watson
135 days ago by Marianne Riddell
Challenges, Flash Matches and More!

Race to 29 and Race to 129 donors!

  • The *first 10* funds to reach 29 donors receive a $290 match -- thanks to this year's Champions Challengers.
  • The *first 5* funds to reach 129 donors receive a $529 match -- thanks to this year's Champions Challengers.

Flash Matches: Keep your eyes peeled! We've got two special Flashes this year - one tied to a giveaway of Lake Forest College-branded stationary cards and a social media match tied to a gift of $290 matched to the area of your choice! 

Anonymous, Trustees, & Presidential Challengers

  • On Forester Day, an Anonymous Donor, Trustees, and Presidential Challengers are watching the leaderboards to make BIG matching gifts. If we can hit 529, 1,529, and 2,229 donor milestones, we'll unlock major gifts from these Forester Day champions!
  • When we reach our goal of 2,929 donors we'll unlock $150,000

ALL CURRENT STUDENTS! 

🏆 Go, Foresters! Class Competition

Monday, February 26 to Thursday, February 29 Lunch and Dinner hours, outside the Skybox, Mohr Student Center 

We’ll be tracking Forester pride! If each class reaches 55% participation, we’ll donate a special treat on campus during finals week for students who give a gift as our way of saying thank you. Stop by and pick up a ‘Forester Day’ t-shirt (while supplies last) with a minimum $5 donation (Boomer Bucks accepted) to the area you care most about. Free giveaways, candy, snacks, and more!  We accept Boomer Bucks, Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay, GooglePay, Credit/Debit cards, and cash gifts.

Class of 2024 Challenge: The Class of 2024 Challenge is all about paying it forward to those that follow in your footsteps. Give through Thursday, February 29 (Forester Day) either outside the skybox at lunch or dinner or online for your chance to be entered into the grand prize raffle. Must be a graduating Forester in May 2024 to win! 

LEAVE YOUR LEGACY! All seniors that give to the Class of 2024 Challenge will receive a Philanthropy cord (you'll receive it at cap and gown pick up) to wear at this year's graduation to show you are 'all in' to paving the way for the next class of Foresters following in your footsteps. 

Class of 2024 Grand Prize: VIP Ravinia Parking Pass at graduation on May 11. Receive an VIP parking pass to help make your day extra special. 

Class of 2024 Recurring Donor Prize - Give a recurring gift of $20.24 yearly (for two years) or a recurring gift of $1.69 per month (for two years) and walk away TODAY with a Lake Forest College branded graduation tumbler. 

📣📣📣 Your participation is key to helping us reach the day's goal, and unlocking major matching gifts along the way! 

138 days ago by Marianne Riddell

Donor Maps
Alumni Class GivingLet's build a brighter future for the next generation of Foresters!
Class yearDonorsRaised ($)
197414$9,535
200813$1,988
201514$4,372
201413$2,189
201616$3,674
200518$3,734
201719$3,811
197118$5,311
198817$4,837
199219$7,469
198617$10,292
197314$5,295
197715$3,561
202218$1,411
199617$55,764
199015$4,680
199417$6,012
196818$6,087
201819$3,378
198513$3,698
198021$5,984
198117$7,220
198713$5,190
19789$6,449
199712$3,126
197213$3,680
199114$2,227
196612$4,653
20118$1,327
19634$5,450
20028$1,530
202325$2,968
198313$2,074
19612$358
19450$0
19571$258
19551$300
19622$500
20126$767
19490$0
19500$0
19521$200
19510$0
19530$0
19673$2,100
19470$0
19641$25
19582$776
19480$0
19602$20,258
19593$625
200011$3,468
19986$8,777
19759$2,414
20096$606
199310$2,804
20108$1,326
197912$2,375
202010$722
197611$2,554
200112$2,441
201912$1,146
199516$3,303
19540$0
19460$0
20137$1,943
198413$3,724
200411$3,026
199915$3,103
19829$8,023
19897$1,166
19561$100
19653$10,300
20036$1,014
200610$1,422
19707$1,261
202110$635
196911$2,551
200713$2,829
Current Class GivingIf each current class reaches 55% participation, we will be providing a special treat to all students who give during finals week!
YearDonorsRaised ($)%
2026146$5,46927.5%
2024129$1,47836.2%
2027189$1,92436.4%
2025129$1,32226.8%
Parent Giving by Student Class Year
Parent YearDonorsRaised ($)Goal (Donors)
2026 - Sophomore 70$18,3550
2027 - First Year 52$11,3290
2025 - Junior 49$10,6560
2024 - Senior33$17,0820
Race to Reunion Giving ChallengeJoin your classmates to come together to support Lake Forest College during your milestone year while competing against milestone classes. May the best Forester Class win!
ClassDonorsRaised ($)%
Class of 2014 - 10 Year Reunion15$2,389
Class of 2019 - 5 Year Reunion16$1,452
Class of 1974 - 50th Year Reunion14$9,535
Class of 1999 - 25 Year Reunion15$3,103
Support Your Sport - Alumni Athletics GivingAthletic Teams are competing for prizes and bragging rights! We're tracking the top teams with the highest ATHLETICS ALUMNI (former student-athlete) participation to see who takes home the trophy! Go, Foresters!
TeamsDonorsRaised ($)%
Lacrosse-Men19$5,6957.1%
Softball13$5055.1%
Golf-Men13$1,60122.4%
Football78$18,6857.7%
Swimming & Diving50$6,8759.8%
Tennis-Women1$250.5%
Tennis-Men1$500.5%
Lacrosse-Women4$60080.0%
Cross Country & Distance Track4$7201.7%
Soccer-Women40$7,94515.9%
Soccer-Men12$7902.4%
Basketball-Women13$2,0125.1%
Volleyball6$3602.8%
Hockey-Men27$5,0854.7%
Handball5$5752.1%
Basketball-Men11$2,7002.8%
Hockey-Women7$9004.8%
Golf-Women6$60031.6%
Donor Affiliations
Gradhat icon40%Alumni
Book icon31%Students
Parent icon16%Parents
Suitcase icon6%Faculty/Staff
Friends icon9%Friends
Suitcase icon1%Employees
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