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The Community House in Hinsdale received a $250,000 grant as part of $3.8 million in transformational grants the DuPage Foundation and DuPage County Board awarded to 17 social service nonprofit agencies.

This marks the second set of grants distributed by the DuPage Community Transformation Partnership, established by the board and foundation in January. The organizations selected for grants serve DuPage County residents in the areas of food insecurity, housing instability, mental health and substance use disorder.

In January, the DuPage County Board executed an agreement to allocate federal funds received through the American Rescue Plan Act to DuPage Foundation for the grant program. Through 2026, the DCTP Fund will award $10 million in grants to address immediate and long-term needs in the community in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

In June, the fund awarded more than $1 million in immediate intervention grants to 16 social service nonprofit organizations providing immediate relief to DuPage residents in need.

Another grant opportunity will be offered in 2024.


The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation raised a record $441,00 at its 18th annual Autumn Affair Sept. 10 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

More than 300 people attended the gala, the foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, to support hospital programs and services that directly impact patients. Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund training and development, new equipment, and technology and innovative programs to allow Elmhurst Hospital caregivers to provide the highest level of care to patients and their families.

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NATIONAL MERIT recognizes teens

Hinsdale Central has announced that 71 students have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

They are Mariya Bajwa, Aadit Bhavsar, Madeleine Boruff, Leah Bradley, Lindsey Bruns, Ediz Canigur, Elyssa Chandler, Shi Chen, Chase Coghill, Athena Deng, Adam DiPasquale, Abhi Doshi, Shay Doshi, Aidan Eldifrawi, Hannah Fawley, Sarah Fischer, Piper Frankiewicz

Alexander Gallagher, Lily Gerami, Andrew Gilbert, Monet Gruft, Ajay Gupta, Ann Haarlow, Alexander Hadesman, Kayleigh Harras, Elena Henneman, Logan Hoang, Imran Husain, Alexander Jiang, Varun Kanangat, Fatima Khan, Laith Khartabil, Sophia Kim, Annmarie Koziel, Daniel Lee, Isabella Levinthal, Hannah Li, Saint Luan

Siddarth Malapati, London Maxwell, Meghna Mitra, James Patacsil, Maxwell Pavlik, Simmi Rajagopalan, Mishal Rizvi, Gavin Rose, Sahan Sahgal, Michael Sahs, Arjun Saini, Keona Schaller, Jaden Schmit, Oscar Schwalb, Eric Seppanen, Saanvi Sethi, Shahaan Shah, Prachi Shah, Ivy Shen, Brett Simon, Zuzanna Sokolowski, Adithya Srinivasan, Sarah Steephen

Cody Tovaso, Anand Tekkey, Gregory Theotikos, Walter Waverly, Edwin Weyer, Millan Whittier, Isabella Xu, Alex Yang, Jerry Yao, Jenna Zhao

These academically talented seniors scored in the top 50,000 students in the nation in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.


Tori Gullett of the Hinsdale office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago has graduated from the firm’s exclusive Launch Agent training program.

The BHHS Chicago Launch Program was created specifically for new agents as a structured program and practical guide to build their skills, knowledge and, ultimately, their careers. The program lasts about two months.


Madison School students used a $150 KIDS Grant from the D181 Foundation to purchase items for their bracelet sale to support victims of Hurricane Ian. They raised $1,285 to donate to the Red Cross.