A June downpour didn’t keep The Lake County Community Foundation and Tempel Farms from celebrating The Lake County Legacy Society with An Evening with the Tempel Lipizzans on June 14 in Old Mill Creek.
The Lake County Community Foundation welcomed 50 guests for a special performance of the world renowned, Lake County-bred dressage horses and to hear Lipizzan history from Linda Smith Buonanno, the evening’s hostess, longtime Foundation supporter and former board member.
Following the performance, guests heard remarks from Executive Director Miah Armour, who focused on more serious matters – the Foundation’s origin which is directly aligned with the suburbanization of poverty. Armour called suburban poverty “not just a research title, but a reality that we see all around us in Lake County, ” continuing, “The Lake County Community Foundation is not watching from the sidelines – we’re right in the thick of it. With support from donors, we find and fund innovative, sustainable suburban solutions in our own communities. These look very different than urban ones.” Guests then toasted the planned giving commitments of ten new Lake County Legacy Society members that will help shape Lake County’s long-term philanthropic landscape and ensure the Foundation’s legacy of giving and impact.
Founding board member and Lake Forest Alderman Prue Beidler recognized visionary founder Robert F. Reusché, who died in 2011 and left a Legacy for the benefit of Lake County.
“Like Bob himself – quietly extraordinary and very powerful – his planned gift in the form of a six-figure operating endowment will help fund community leadership and philanthropy operations into the future,” she said.
The Foundation is launching an effort to inspire philanthropy and help community members understand planned giving and the numerous giving vehicles it offers, including donor advised funds. Donor advised funds are simple, easy ways for donors to give back to people, organizations and causes they care about in Lake County – today and in the future.
Armour stressed, “If you live here, you should give here. And it’s gratifying to know that many of you do in so many ways” thanking guests for their philanthropy and “giving together” all across Lake County.
Here are some photos from the event, courtesy of the Lake County Community Foundation:
About The Lake County Community Foundation
For nearly 15 years, The Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, has focused on collaboratively addressing the most pressing needs and emerging issues in Lake County. We work to rally support, leadership and dollars for local solutions right here in our own backyard. For more information, visit lakecountycf.org/why-give/.