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Legacy Guild nets $45K at fundraiser for scholarship program

BERWYN – More than 300 supporters packed into FitzGerald’s Nightclub in Berwyn on April 20 and brought in more than $45,000 for the Legacy Guild Scholars program.

Legacy Guild raises money to provide college scholarships to students in Lyons Township District 204 who have lost a parent. First National Bank of La Grange was the lead sponsor of the event.

The event at FitzGerald’s included silent and live auctions, entertainment by 16-year-old La Grange singer Josie Dunn and two dance sets by Chicago-based band, Spoken Four.

Local comedian Gary Wheaton directed the night’s live auction.

“It was amazing ­­— one of the best parties I’ve ever been associated with,” said La Grange resident Bill Carney, one of the founding board members of The Legacy Guild. “We wanted to send a strong message to the families we are supporting that we got their backs. We were blown away by the attendance and the outpouring of generosity.”

Legacy Guild scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

Legacy Guild was formed in 2012 by a group of men in La Grange and the surrounding areas after the sudden and unexpected deaths of several friends and neighbors. The guild was formed weeks after ward to offer each other support and to meet to discuss important life issues. The scholarship program developed as an extension of those meetings.

To donate or to get more information about the Legacy Guild Scholarship program, visit

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