The Abby Foundation
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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.

scholarship applicationThe Abby Foundation is again offering scholarships to women who need assistance to attend college next 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 2014 scholarships are due March 8, 2014 Recipients will be notified by mail the week of April 21, 2014.

New athletic scholarships will be awarded in 2014 for Athlete of the Year. To apply for an athletic scholarship, print the scholarship application and submit (must be post marked) no later than March 14, 2014. Recipients will be notified by mail the week of April 21, 2014.

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 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 organizations. Business memberships are also available and include a business listing in the program book and ticket to the Women Together luncheon.

 

Women Together Luncheon

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.

The 2014 Women Together Luncheon will on August 22nd at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

 



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