Good news


DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Atuesta of Hinsdale to its board. She was officially welcomed at the foundation’s Sept. 21 board meeting.

“It’s a pleasure to have Patricia join the ranks of our 23-member board,” said Mike Sitrick, DuPage Foundation president and CEO. “I’m excited by the skills and talents Patricia brings to the table and look forward to working with her to raise the quality of life for our community’s residents.”

Atuesta is a bilingual professional in finance and international affairs with more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Latin America and the United States, primarily with BP, where she currently serves as commercial development director.

“I am proud and honored to be part of a talented group of individuals that inspires, cares and thrives to positively impact our community,” Atuesta said. “It is a personal delight to help and give to others, and I have found in DuPage Foundation a solid vehicle to amplify it. I identified with its values and vision to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County, got excited about its current strategic plan and am confident in its leaders and staff. I am looking forward to contributing to our community and to being an enabler of a better future.”

Atuesta studied at Universidad Externado de Colombia, concentrating on finance and international affairs. In addition to her role as a foundation trustee and serving on its grant and strategic planning committees, she volunteers with Care for Friends and Feed My Starving Children. Atuesta lives in Hinsdale with her husband, Gustavo Aguirre, and their two children.


• Senior Lena Li has earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award (bronze level for 100-174 hours of service) from the Alliance of North American Chinese Physicians. This award “honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action.”

During the past year, Lena has volunteered her time at the alliance and engaged in service projects for organizations such as Midwest Medicine and Acupuncture and the Oak Brook Park District.

• Senior Yanning Jiao earned a perfect score on the AP Drawing exam she took in May. She is one of only 308 students from around the world to accomplish this feat. Her art teacher is Aleksandra Zdun.


The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation raised a record $482,000 at its 19th Annual Autumn Affair on Sept. 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

More than 325 people attended the gala, which is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year and supports Elmhurst Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients. The event featured live and silent auctions, a wine toss, golf putt challenge and a 360 photo booth.

Proceeds from this year’s Autumn Affair will support the future growth and needs of the Elmhurst Hospital Emergency Department.

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Tuthill Corp., a privately held business owned by Hinsdale’s Jay Tuthill, with a 130-year history of industrial manufacturing, acquired EaglePicher Intermediate Ventures, including the operating entity EaglePicher Technologies, on Oct. 11.

The transaction successfully closed per the September acquisition announcement after obtaining regulatory approvals and required third-party consents. The acquired company will remain EaglePicher under Tuthill’s ownership.