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Golf Outing 2017

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The Mothers Trust Foundation’s (MTF) 7th Annual “Keeping Kids Out of the Rough” golf outing took place on Friday, June 16th at the Lake Bluff Golf Course.  The event netted over $45,000 with more than 120 participants.

Touted as the “most fun you can have on a golf course” the day included a ball drop by the Lake Forest Fire Department, a ball cannon launch, prizes for the “loudest” outfits and other course competitions.  Thank you to the Exchange in Highland Park who provided a Porsche and an Audi for the hole-in-one prizes. Although one lucky player made a hole-in-one, it unfortunately was not one of the Exchange’s sponsored holes.

The tremendous success of this fundraiser was made possible through the support of our major sponsors: Ashland Millwork, Associated Bank, Law Office of Douglas E. Zeit, Lake Forest Bank &Trust, Deublin Company, PRP Wines, The Slaughter Family, Pet Factory, SilverPepper, L.P. Neal CPA & Associates.

MTF is grateful for another successful and fun Golf Outing event. Committee Co-Chair Heidi Prom noted “The sunshine and colorful golf ensembles could only be outdone by the generous spirit of our golfers who played and gave for the good of children and youth across all of Lake County”

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:  car seats and safety equipment, medical needs, summer camp, athletic and extra-curricular activities, educational assistance, clothing and school uniforms are just some of the assistance provided.  MTF works through social workers to provide assistance when other resources are not available and provides funds generally within 48 hours of approval.

Thank you to Corinne Torkelson Photography for providing the photo service for the day…if you are interested in purchasing photos go to:


Founders/Volunteer Celebration 2017

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The 9th annual Mothers Trust Foundation Founder’s Reception held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest gathered over 70 celebrants to honor those who made outstanding contributions to the organization and community this past year.
The Lake County High Schools Technology Campus was a highlight of the evening. Students from the various programs, including: firefighting, cosmetology, certified nursing assistant, early childhood education and culinary arts participated in a presentation and discussed how the Tech Campus education has prepared them for a successful future and personal reward. The Culinary Arts students prepared and served an amazing gourmet selection of appetizers and desserts.
Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF) has provided assistance to students who attend the Tech Campus with funding for program kits and the Skills Leadership Conference expenses for students who qualify to compete in state and National competitions. In 2016, MTF helped 63 students participate.
The following Founder’s Awards were presented along with gratitude to all volunteers for their contributions:
 Heart of Gold Award with appreciation to Dr. Loan Tran Riedel, for her generosity, enduring support championing children & youth;
 Volunteer of the Year award recognizing Larry Neal for the many hours he devotes to Mothers Trust Foundation and a great many other community organizations;
 The Government Award acknowledging Vernon Township, William Peterson, Supervisor, for a distinguished career of community service and honoring a long-standing partnership with Mothers Trust;
 John des Rosier – Inovasi Restaurant in Lake Bluff and Theo Perry – Tryst Beauty of Highland Park were acknowledged in appreciation for their ongoing support;
 The Service Partner award was given to Crystal Villalobos, a Counselor at Zion-Benton High School, a long- time advocate for her students.
 The Founders Award, presented by Tina Mascari, Board Member, to Ki (Karen) Lynn, for the incredible devotion she has shown to her students over the years at the Tech Campus Cosmetology program.

A Toast to Barbara!

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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

MTF Teen Coat Drive 2017

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The Power of 8 Teens who want to make a real impact:
This year the MTF Teens teamed up with the Chapel of Libertyville’s Mobile Food Pantry through a Partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank.  The Mobile Food Pantry handed out turkey dinners while the teens handed out warm coats & smiles.  People were already lined up waiting when the teens arrived. Many of those in line pitched in and lent a hand to set up.  MTF Teens collected coats (many were NEW!), warm boots, gloves & scarves and hand-made hats lovingly made by The Hat Box Foundation .  

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.