The Des Plaines Community Foundation offered four $1,500 scholarships to Des Plaines college-bound students. This is the fourth year the Foundation has offered scholarships.
The four recipients for scholarships are Amanda Rey and Mallory Tamillo from Maine West High School, Melissa Picchi from Elk Grove High School, and Anetta Siemanowicz from Maine East High School.

“We believe that helping our young adults obtain a college education is an investment, not only in the future of our youth, but also in the future of Des Plaines,” said Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Foundation. “The scholarships will help bring a college degree within reach for students who want it most.” read more


DPCF Provides Bike Helmets for the Spring Fun Fair

For the past several years, including this year, the Des Plaines Community Foundation had a presence at the Spring Fun Fair and Pet Parade at The Mountain View Adventure Center in Prairie Lakes.

The Foundation had a tent at the event and gave out 100 bicycle helmets to the first children who attended and needed a helmet. Bike safety checks, bike safety information and minor maintenance were provided.

Four Des Plaines softball players got together off the field to lend a hand preparing for the event. Maren Garnett, Lacy Argus, Mia Thomas and Makenna Delafeld helped unpack and prepare the bicycle helmets which were distributed to the children. read more


The Foundation Donates $10,000 to Three Local Food Pantries

The Des Plaines Community Foundation donated $10,000 to local area food pantries. The donation was split between three food pantries.

“During these hard times all food pantries are pressed for help with so many people out of work,” said Rosemary Argus, executive director of the Des Plaines Community Foundation. “People are struggling in this economy and food pantries are a very necessary and important factor to some resident’s lives. The Foundation Trustees voted unanimously to donate.” read more


Come To A Night at the Des Plaines Rivers Casino on September 5, 2014!

Des Plaines Community Foundation Casino FundraiserCome bet on the Des Plaines Community Foundation (DPCF) on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the 11th annual and only fundraiser at the Cube nightclub at the Des Plaines Rivers Casino.

Tickets for the event are $85 per person before August 20th ($95 after) and will include appetizers, gourmet dinner by Chef William Mcllroy, open bar and entertainment.

There will be a raffle including a grand prize of $500, two second prizes including hotel stays, and three third prizes valued at $100 each. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at the DPCF website. read more


Three $1,500 DPCF Scholarship Winners Honored at Recent Luncheon

More than 20 applicants from local high schools applied for awards

The Des Plaines Community Foundation recently presented three $1,500 scholarships to local-area college students who applied to their scholarship program this June.

“We believe that helping our young adults obtain a collegeeducation is an investment, not only in the future of ouryouth, but also in the future of Des Plaines,” said Rosemary Argus, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Thescholarships will help bring a college degree within reachfor students who need it most.” read more


Intergenerational Discovery Tour at the Frisbie Senior Center

DPCFseniorsDespite age gaps, participants had more in common than they originally believed.

Following the Des Plaines Community Foundation’s mission statement to bring together our city’s assets to improve the lives of those who live and work in Des Plaines, members of the Frisbie Senior Center, Des Plaines Health and Human Services, Maine West Clinical Government students and the Des Plaines Community Foundation came together to share thoughts with each other, talk about personal experiences, enjoy new company, get to know each other and have lunch on June 17, 2013. read more


DPCF Hosts Volunteer Pizza Party on Maine West Campus

Without the support of our volunteers, the DPCF could not accomplish its mission.

pizza2On Thursday, May 23, 2013 the Des Plaines Community Foundation held a Volunteer Appreciation Pizza Party for all the Maine West Building Trades students. These students were those who built wheelchair ramps and decks and helped in any way asked by the Foundation.

This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Pizza Party was held at the “Homestead” on the Maine West campus. Homestead is the original house on the onion farm that became the Maine West campus. The family who owned the farm and lived there remained even after Maine West was built. Their son graduated from Maine West while living there. read more


IMI Cornelius Company Chooses Our Foundation for Funding

Engineer David Joyce Recommends His Grandmother’s Favorite Organization

On June 13, Rosemary Argus gave a presentation on the Des Plaines Community Foundation’s mission statement, programs and projects to representatives of IMI Cornelius Company, a global beverage dispensing and cooling equipment supplier.

She had been invited by IMI to take part in the company’s 150-year anniversary, which they celebrated by having its 15,000 employees engage in local charity work.

Each of the 300 Glendale Heights employees had recently made a local impact by donating time and money to local charities. read more


Des Plaines Community Foundation Gives Free Bike Helmets to Kids

Hundreds turn out for the Des Plaines Park District Spring Fun Fair


Hundreds of Des Plaines families enjoyed free activities at the sixth annual Des Plaines Park District Spring Fun Fair on Saturday, May 18, at the Mountain View Adventure Center. As we have for the past six years, the Des Plaines Community Foundation came to fit children for free bike helmets. Every year 100 bike helmets are given free ofcharge. Dr. Michael Bagby (whose idea it was, in the firstplace) and his crew of volunteers unpack the helmets andproceed to fit the children in line for the free. “This is awonderful event for families,” said Rosemary Argus, Ex-ecutive Director for the Des Plaines Community Founda-tion. “It is great to see so many families come out and weare happy that we can provide free bicycle helmets everyyear. We know the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet when riding a bike and are happy to help the children of Des Plaines.” read more