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Joliet high schools get $200,000 donation

Donation will be matched to bring endowment fund to $1 million

JOLIET – The Joliet Township High School Foundation announced Tuesday it has received a $200,000 donation from alumni David and Margaret Grohne.

The donation is worth more than its face value since it made it possible to meet a fundraising challenge set by alumnus Brent Wadsworth, who will match the $200,000 and bring the foundation endowment to $1 million.

The donations will fund grants and scholarships to enhance educational opportunities for students and staff. The money will help senior students pursue their education after high school, the foundation said in a news release.

“We are always proud of our loyal alumni for their continued support,” foundation President Mark Turk said.

David Grohne is from the class of 1955. Margaret, David’s wife, was in the class of 1953. David is the founder of Independence Tube, a manufacturer of steel tubing throughout North America.

Brent Wadsworth is from the class of 1947. He is founder and chairman of Wadsworth Golf Construction Company and a major donor to institutions in the Joliet area.

Wadsworth wanted to see the foundation fund go from $600,000 to $1 million, according to the news release. So, he pledged to match the next $200,000 the foundation raised.

He has contributed more than $700,000 to Joliet Township High Schools, according to the news release. Wadsworth is a lifetime member of the JTHS Alumni Foundation.

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