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Wintrust Financial’s Edward J. Wehmer helps LINK Unlimited raise over $500K
LINK Unlimited’s 9th Annual DreamKeepers Awards Gala was the most successful fundraiser in the organization’s 46-year history, raising over a half million dollars for the educational mentoring organization.
The highlight of the evening however was the testimony of LINK Unlimited student Samuel Hinshelwood of Marion Catholic High School. He recounted his experiences in LINK for the past four years and told the audience how his mentor made an indelible impact on his school and life choices. He received a standing ovation from the crowd when he told them he has been accepted at Stanford University on a full scholarship for both tuition room and board.
Funds raised at the event support the educational and mentoring organization that serves economically disadvantaged African American high school youth who exhibit strong academic potential and leadership qualities. The event was created as an evening of celebration honoring supporters of LINK Unlimited while continuing to foster Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of equality and justice.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan, brother of LINK Unlimited Board Chair Joe Gaffigan of TCF Capital Funding, added a note of levity to the evening with his comedic stylings - a first at the event.
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Joseph P. Gaffigan, President, TCF Capital Funding & LINK Unlimited Board Chair; Virgil J. Jones, Jr., President, LINK Unlimited; Leona A. Gleason, Executive Vice President, Wintrust Financial Corporation & 2013 LINK Unlimited DreamKeepers Gala Chair; Edward J. Wehmer, President & CEO, Wintrust Financial Corporation;
Press: For more information, contact Virgil Jones, President, LINK Unlimited; vjones@