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The Abby Foundation of the South Suburbs

From 1985 until today, the Abby Foundation’s mission has remained constant: raise money and distribute it to established nonprofit organizations, who apply for a grant that help women and their children and fund scholarships for both young women and returning women.

In its early years, Abby women asked friends and neighbors to join them at focus groups which eventually grew into formal luncheons. It was a simple recipe; spend a little time and money and help a neighbor. The first luncheon raised $2,000 that was quickly donated to two established domestic violence shelters, the Crisis Center for South Suburbia and the South Suburban Family Shelter.

A board of directors and a membership component were soon formed and as luncheon attendance grew, breast cancer awareness joined domestic violence prevention as Abby beneficiaries. At the same time, a scholarship program was initiated, helping women reach their potential through scholarships.

Women Together Luncheon

Jacki Robinson-IvyOur 2014 Women Together Luncheon will on Friday, August 15 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. This year's speaker will be Jacki Robinson-Ivy, Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations at The Northern Trust Company. She is a Public Affairs Officer in the Corporate Compliance/Special Programs Group. Previously, she was a Relationship Manager in the Correspondent Trust Services Division of the Institutional Financial Services Group. Correspondent Trust provides trust and custody services to bank trust departments, independent trust companies and investment managers.

Jacki was a member of the 2001-02 Northern Trust United Way Leadership Team and Co-chair of the 2002-03 Northern Trust United Way Leadership Team. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Northern Trust UNCF Walkathon, a member of the Quality Service Medallion Nomination Committee for C&IS. Jacki was a recipient of the 2002 Chairman's Diversity Award. Jacki is a member of the Illinois Banking Associations Government Relations Board. She serves as Chair of the Public Affairs Council of the Financial Services Roundtable. She is a member of the Chicago United Leaders Circle and the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, Government Relations Board.

Tickets for the luncheon are $40 per person, or $400 for a table of 10. Luncheon tickets can be purchased online.


Abby Foundation Membership

Membership to the Abby Foundation is easy. Donate $100 per year for an individual membership to the foundation and attend the luncheon which features a keynote speaker, a raffle, an exhibit area for local businesses and nonprofit organizations, an informational program book that contains an A to Z listing of nonprofit organizations. Business memberships are also available and include a business listing in the program book and ticket to the Women Together luncheon.

Abby’s original 20 members became almost 100 in 2009 and the board of directors hopes to continue growing that membership so that more nonprofit organizations will receive financial help. In its many years, the Abby Foundation has distributed more than a million dollars through its programs.


Abby Foundation Scholarships

scholarship applicationThe Abby Foundation offers scholarships to women who need assistance to attend college in the fall, either as graduating high school seniors or women returning to college. We are able to offer $1,000 scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students attending a four-year college/university and $500 scholarships to those attending a two-year community college. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0/4.0. Applications for the 2015 scholarships will be due in March, 2015.

Athletic scholarships will also be awarded in for Athlete of the Year. To apply for an athletic scholarship in 2015, download the scholarship application that will be available in February, 2015.



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