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“Together as One” and Inovasi Help Raise over $36,000 for Mothers Trust Foundation” New Legacy Fund

The idea that one person can make a difference isn’t just a saying – it is well documented.  The power of one can be turned into the strength of many.  One such example is a group of like-minded community members known as “Together as One”.

At a recent event initiated by Susan Garrett and generously hosted by John desRosier (owner of Inovasi restaurant in Lake Bluff) honoring Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF) founder Barbara Monsor, raised over $36,000 donated to the MTF Legacy Fund. Lake Forest resident Loan Tran Riedel presented an envelope containing $12,400 in donations raised by Together as One over a period of 2 weeks.  The Riedel Family issued a promise to match the donations of the group, bringing the total to nearly $25,000.  “Every child needs a champion.  We are honored to support MTF’s mission and are hopeful others will follow the example of Together as One to help MTF reach their goal”, said Riedel.

Others contributed generously in honor of Monsor’ s work and the event successfully launched the Legacy Fund for Mothers Trust Foundation with the goal of reaching $100,000 in order to ensure the foundation will continue to remain an important resource to school social workers, counselors and agencies in Lake County.

The Mothers Trust Foundation has been serving children in Lake County for 19 years. Operating out of an office in the Gorton Community Center, each Wednesday a committee meets to review requests for funding. If approved the funding is sent out within 24-48 hours.  Anyone interested may attend a Wednesday meeting.  For more information, contact the MTF office at (847) 482-9189

Betty Bash 2016

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Mother’s Trust Foundation’s 18th Annual Betty Bash was held on Friday, October 21 at the recently renovated Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.  Over 170 “Bettys” enjoyed the area’s best girls’ night out which raised over $50,000 to help meet the needs of disadvantaged children in Lake County.

Betty Bash is a FUNdraiser like no other!  This year’s Hollywood theme “As Simple as Black & White” offered an evening full of delicious food, lively music, dancing and lots of festivity.  With over 170 in attendance, each “Betty” (defined as all women who want to make a positive difference in the life of a child) came dressed in everything from vintage Hollywood gowns to casual, comfortable clothing. Raffle drawings for a variety of amazing themed-baskets containing donated items totaling over $500 per each, a Giving Tree highlighting many of the children’s needs supported by MTF, and  a “wine pull” with a wide assortment of popular vintages led to the event’s success of raising money to provide tangible necessities that change the lives of children and families.

We are grateful to all the generous event sponsors –  which included:  The Garrett Family Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, Lake Forest Bank & Trust, Frank & MJ Brady, Mike & Mary Latham, Dona Litzsinger, LP Neal, CPA & Assoc., the Riedel Family Foundation, Trude S. Roselle, Phoenix Rising Foundation, Triad Electrical Contractors, Inc., Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, Classic Toyota/Scion of Waukegan, Determan Balk Family Foundation, Lauri & Megan Haibeck, Darren & Terri Karst and Wiejaczka Law, PC.

Visit the Mothers Trust Foundation website ( for more information and our Facebook page to see photos capturing the fun.

Be sure not to miss next year’s Betty Bash October 2017.

Mothers Trust Teens Coat Drive

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Coat drive by the numbers!

  • 10 Teen Volunteers
  • 2 little brother helpers
  • 1 awesome mom organizer, Alyson Dueringer
  • 600 coats
  • 400 hats/scarves/gloves/snowpants/boots collected
  • 50 families = approx 250 people that walked away with coats and accessories
  • Countless hours of prep + 5 hours on Saturday
  • An abundance of help from you the community that donated and supported
  • $325 raised at Chipotle which was used to buy baby, toddler, and teen coats

Lake County Tech Campus Visit

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Mothers Trust Foundation Supports Lake County Technology Campus Students

Members of the Mothers Trust Foundation Service Committee recently toured the Lake County Area High School Technology campus in Grayslake to get a first-hand look at the 19 career training programs offered at the campus. The culinary students prepared a superb lunch for the committee, showcasing the skills they have acquired in culinary and hospitality education.  Mothers Trust Foundation provides funding to children/youth in Lake County for various needs including education.  In 2015, Mothers Trust Foundation assisted 528 children/youths with education assistance, including over $11,000 in assistance to Lake County Technology Campus students.

Golf Outing 2016

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Lake Forest, IL – The Mothers Trust Foundation’s (MTF) 6th Annual “Keeping Kids Out of the Rough” golf event which took place on June 17th at the Lake Bluff golf course netted over $45,000.   A beautiful summer day brought over 100 supporters together to benefit disadvantaged children and youth throughout Lake County.

“This year was our most successful golf fundraiser to date!” noted MTF Director of Development Paula Turelli.  The tremendous success of this fundraiser was made possible through the support of our major sponsors: Lake Forest Bank, Libertyville Bank & Trust, Associated Bank, Libertyville Sunrise Rotary, ELMJR Properties, LLC of Libertyville, The Law Offices of Douglas E. Zeit, The Steve and Sue Slaughter Family and the Raymond Autogroup of Antioch.

The MTF Golf outing Tournament has become a fun and important annual event.  “This event continues to grow each year – the tremendous generosity and community support for Mother’s Trust is amazing!”

Since 1998, Mothers Trust Foundation has been dedicated to providing immediate assistance to low-income children & youth of Lake County. Our support is as diverse as the children we help:  clothing and school uniforms, car seats and safety equipment, summer camp, athletic and enrichment activities, medical needs and educational assistance are just some of the assistance provided.  MTF works directly with social workers to provide assistance when other resources are not available, often providing funding within 48 hours of approval.

Founders Event 2016

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The annual Mothers Trust Foundation Founder’s Reception took place April 20 in Lake Forest

Lake Forest, Ill., — Over 75 friends and supporters gathered at the 8th annual Mothers Trust Foundation Founder’s Reception on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. The attendees honored those who have made outstanding contributions to the Mothers Trust Foundation

“Our success would not be possible without the support of those who are committed to assisting underserved children in Lake County,” said Honorable Vicki Rosetti, President of Mothers Trust Foundation Board of Directors.

Mothers Trust Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to provide immediate assistance during times of crisis to low-income children living in Lake County. Since its inception in 1998, Mothers Trust has helped over 28,000 children with grants totaling $2.3 million.  The nonprofit agency helps provide funding to children and families in need.   “We come in when funding cannot be obtained from other sources, bridging a gap which so often exists between what can be provided by social service organizations and what is needed by a child,” added Susan Suhling, Executive Director.

Mothers Trust has partnered with the Andrew Cooke Magnet School to provide assistance to some students in the orchestra.  Katie Dudley, orchestra teacher at Cooke Magnet, brought some of the 4th & 5th grade student from the All-Star Strings Orchestra to perform at the April 23 reception.

Jennifer Leahy of Family Partnership Associates spoke to the group about the assistance Mothers Trust has provided to children in need of special eye glasses.

Mothers Trusts depends on its volunteers to meet its goals and mission.  In 2016, over 50 volunteers were recognized and thanked for their efforts with Key Founder’s Day Awards. The award recipients included:

  • Tina Mascari received the Heart of Gold award for stepping in as interim director, and for her c commitment to volunteering.
  • Mary Jane Brady and Joy Gibson received Volunteers of the Year for their leadership and efforts in fundraising events for Mothers Trust.
  • The Government Award went to Warren Township and Supervisor Suzanne Simpson for their long-term partnership with Mothers Trust and assisting youth.
  • The Partners award went to North Shore Gas, in recognition of its dedication to providing community funding for education initiatives and programs that serve children and their families.
  • Haapenen Brothers of Gurnee was acknowledged in appreciation of the printing services they have generously donated over the years.
  • The Service Partner award went to Janette Tinoco-Ledesma from A Safe Place, for her contribution of time and expertise at our service committee meetings each Wednesday morning as we review and fund the many requests for help from our service partners.
  • Roycealee Wood, Regional Superintendent of Schools, presented the Founders Award to April May, a social worker from North Chicago Community High school, for the incredible devotion shown to her students and their families.

Mothers Trust would is grateful to all those who are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children in Lake County