About Us

The Lake County Extension Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity.  The foundation’s mission is to generate resources to enhance research based educational programs of the University of Illinois Extension while serving the interest of all donors. We work together to raise funds to support our community through need-based programs offered by the staff of the Lake County University of Illinois Extension.

University of Illinois Extension (“Extension”) is the flagship outreach effort of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois’ 102 counties – and far beyond. In Lake County alone, Extension accomplishes this by providing exciting and life enriching research based programs that annually touch over 100,000 lives in the following areas: 4-H Youth Development, Nutrition Education, Local Foods/Small Farm and Horticulture/Master Gardener.

  • The 4-H program reached over 10,000 youth and adults in Lake County through in-school, home-school and after-school programming. There are over 400 3rd – 12th graders enrolled in 17 clubs led by 55 adult volunteer leaders.
  • The Nutrition Educational Program known as the Illinois Nutrition Program (INEP) reach over 18,000 participants by tailoring educational lessons for low-income youth and adults to enhance their knowledge about nutrition through programs on food safety and buying and preparing healthy meals, all to assist in decreasing the rate of obesity in Lake County.
  • The Local Foods/Small Farm and the Volunteer Master Gardeners program reached over 5,000 participants. Volunteers contribute over 6,000 volunteer hours valued at over $113,000 back to the community of Lake County.

We offer these programs to all residents of the county at little or no cost. In order to continue to fund the programs we provide for the community, we need your support. By conducting local fundraisers, acquiring private donations and financial support from the local governments, the Extension is able to continue offering these programs. Local funds raised are then matched to some degree with State dollars (currently 65%) that were secured by the University of Illinois Extension. However, due to State of Illinois budget cuts, the Extension will have a shortfall in its FY 2016-17 budgets. As a result, the Extension may not be able to offer the same level of services to the community if funds are not raised and restored via Foundation efforts.

We need YOU and your donations to continue to fulfill our mission and make life changing impacts on our community. Call us today at (847) 223-8627 for more information on Lake County Extension programs and how you can volunteer and support the foundation.

Foundation Board of Directors

Ed Dawson – President

Nell Rice – Vice President

Susan Romanoski – Treasurer

Helen Wilson – Secretary

Michael Darling

Nancy Gronlund

Leah Luscombe

Susan McCuistion

Sedrik Newbern

Karen Silvasy

Don Tekampe

James Reaves, Director

Annual BBQ Festival and Car Show

The Lake County Extension Foundation is planning their annual charity car, truck and motorcycle show with BGV Motorsports, on Saturday, June 10, 2017, on the Lake County Extension grounds in Grayslake. The day will be filled with great food from BBQ’d Productions, music, classic cars, vendors, and family entertainment! There is no cost to the general public to visit the event. One hundred percent of the event proceeds will go directly to the University of Illinois Extension for their programming in Lake and McHenry Counties.

Our goal through this fundraiser is to raise $4,000 to support the University of Illinois Extension. The success of this fundraiser depends upon our partners, who will provide resources and financial assistance for this event. We have selected one sponsorship level and one vendor level for local stores, businesses and corporations. We ask that you review these levels (see attached document) and choose the best option to support the efforts of the Lake County Extension Foundation.

Level 1 – $100 Sponsor
Your company logo will be featured on the new Lake County Extension Foundation website, your business will be mentioned in our Facebook Event, your company name will be featured on a poster at the vehicle registration table, and you will have a 10’ x 10’ area for outdoor display. Weighted/staked canopies are welcome. A 6 ft. table and two (2) chairs are available upon request.

Level 2 – $50 Vendor
Your company will be provided with a 6 ft. table and two (2) chairs at the event for an outdoor display. Vendor fees are non-refundable.

Sponsor and vendor booths are required to be set up by 10:00 am and broken down after 3:00 pm.

We appreciate your support toward the success of this fundraiser and look forward to our partnership to benefit the Foundation!

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Annual BBQ Sponsor & Registration

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Annual Gala

The Lake County Extension Foundation invites you to become a sponsor of our Annual Banquet and Hall of Fame honoring University of Illinois Extension partners. This banquet is one of our premier events for the Lake County Extension Foundation to raise funds to support programs of the University of Illinois Extension in Lake County. As you can imagine, fundraisers such as this are of the utmost importance in a time when state funds are being cut when the need for our programs have increased.

Our keynote speaker will be Chain O’Lakes 4-H Leader, Karen Deitrich. There will also be a silent auction and some of the items for auction include:

From Charity Grow

  • B.B. King 11” x 14” Photograph
  • Family Adventure, Swim with Dolphins and Snorkel the Grand Reef for 4
  • Las Vegas Weekend for 2
  • Star Wars “Hans Sole & Princess Leia” 11” x 14” photograph
  • Adele Sheet Music
  • Queen Elsa Hand-Painted Animation Cel
  • Gal Gadot “Wonder Woman” 11” x 14” photograph
  • Harry Potter Cast by 3 Movie Poster
  • Eric Clapton Guitar
  • Elton John Record Album
  • Taylor Swift Record Album
  • Chris Evans 8” x 10” photograph

From Other Sponsors

  • Albert Almora Jr 8” x 10” photograph (value $25) – Chicago Cubs organization
  • Signed Chicago Bears Helmet by Kyle Long – Chicago Bears employee Meriden Dahlfors
  • 4 tickets to White Sox game – Chicago White Sox organization
  • 4 tickets to Northwestern Wildcats Football games (2 tickets for 2 dates in Oct & Nov) – Northwestern University
  • 2 tickets to Chicago Cubs vs White Sox – May 12, 2018 (value $100 per ticket) – Mike and Audrey Southard
  • 4 tickets to the Shedd Aquarium (value 39.95 per ticket) – Shedd Aquarium
  • 2 tickets to Chicago Wolves game ($21 per ticket) – Chicago Wolves
  • First Ascent – Climbing Starter Package (value of $85) includes a Learning the Ropes or Learning to Boulder class for one, a return visit, and gear rental. Also includes a Youth Rec Trial Rock Block Class certificate for the Uptown location (value of $30) – First Ascent
  • Handmade Quilt – Binki Fry from Wildwood, Connecting Threads Quilt Group/Village Church of Gurnee

This exciting event will be held on October 12, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm at Wedgewood Weddings North Shore, 4555 West Yorkhouse Road, Wadsworth, IL 60083.

Annual Gala Sponsorships & Tickets

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