Good news


Several Hinsdale Central students earned awards at the annual Northwestern University Model United Nations Conference.

• Rianna Amin and Naina Kapur, honorable delegates (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

• Imran Husain, diplomacy delegate (Walt Disney Board of Directors 2023)

• Zoeya Khan, diplomacy delegate (C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group)

• Srisha Mundada, honorable delegate (International Labor Organization)


Andrew Kassab of Hinsdale was one of more than 3,000 high school seniors to win a National Merit Scholarship financed by a U.S. college or university. His is from the University of

Southern California.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.


The Community House Junior Board has announced its executive offers for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

They are

Co-presidents — Maya Menon and Nick Giordano

Co-vice presidents — Dean Frizzel and Srisha Mundada

Communications coordinator — Kavya Ravi

Volunteer coordinators — Christy Boggs and Moira Hughes

Secretary/treasurer — Annie Mayer

“By involving these students early in a culture of philanthropy, we hope to be educating and propelling the next generation of volunteers and leaders who understand involvement and action are what make a difference in their local community,” Executive Director Dan Janowick said.

This 50-member student-run junior board coordinates and runs Community House fundraisers like the Walk the Walk for Mental Health held each May. In addition, there are a range of opportunities on the junior board, including promoting and assisting with other recreational, social and educational programs; volunteering for service projects and mentoring; and obtaining leadership development skills.

The board is open to high school students in the area and meets monthly August through May from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sundays at The Community House.

For more information about the junior board, contact Alana Wett, director of philanthropy, at [email protected] or (630) 323-7500, ext 227.


NASCAR has announced UChicago Medicine AdventHealth will serve as the official health care partner of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend July 1-2.

As an event partner, UCM AdventHealth will have official naming rights to the Infield Care Center, where it will provide care for drivers, crew and NASCAR staff.

AdventHealth, a Florida-based health system with more than 50 hospital campuses in nine states, has been a longtime sponsor within NASCAR, working as a founding partner and official healthcare provider at Daytona International Speedway since 2016. The health system is also the entitlement partner of the AdventHealth 400 NASCAR Cup Series race and Heart of America 200 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

An academic health system based on Chicago’s South Side, UChicago Medicine has a controlling interest in UChicago Medicine AdventHealth, which includes Illinois hospitals in Hinsdale, La Grange Bolingbrook and Glendale Heights along with a network of nearly 50 physicians’ offices and outpatient locations in AdventHealth’s Great Lakes Region.

“As an organization with a rich history of partnership with the Daytona International Speedway and its drivers, we’re thrilled to be the official health care partner for the first-ever Chicago Street Race,” said Thor Thordarson, president and CEO of UCM AdventHealth. “We have the experience not only to provide top-level care at NASCAR races, but also as a leader in providing whole-person health care in the Chicagoland area.”


The DuPage Foundation presented almost $900,000 in community needs grants to 51 local nonprofits, including two in Hinsdale.

The Community House received $25,000 and Assistance League of Chicagoland West received $12,000.

“The sheer volume of grant applications that came through during this last round is a testament to the need for support and the opportunities to help in our county,” said Roger McDougal, a DuPage Foundation trustee and grant committee chair. “We were thrilled to have a role in furthering the important work of so many of DuPage County’s outstanding not-for-profits.”

DuPage Foundation manages more than $130 million in assets and has awarded more than $75 million in grants since its founding in 1986.