For Immediate Release : March 11, 2020

Media Contact:
Brian Davis
Legacy Guild Board Member
Cell 630/244-1625
Selected photos are below. Additional photos (and higher res images) are available upon request.

Legacy Guild Event Nets over $145,000 for Scholarship Program, FNBC Bank & Trust Given Community Champion Award 

(Western Springs, IL) - The Eighth Annual Legacy Guild's Spring Event FUNdraiser, held February 29 at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, raised more than $145,000 net dollars thanks to the overwhelming generosity and support of so many.

The Legacy Guild has provided more than $900,000 in college scholarship awards to 150 area scholars who have lost a parent since its inception in 2012.

One key sponsor since the beginning of the charity has been FNBC Bank & Trust . During the event, Legacy Guild President Bill Carney presented Marty Madden, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at FNBC Bank & Trust, with the Community Champion Award . This award was presented to FNBC Bank & Trust for their dedication to improving the Lyons Township Community through their generous support of local charitable organizations.

Chairs of this year’s event were Legacy Guild Board Members Russ Riberto and Ryan Williamson along with Liam Bresnahan (all from La Grange, IL).

Co-Chair Russ Riberto commented, “We are so grateful for all the support we receive from this community. We appreciate that people are sharing and more are learning about our organization and how our scholarships, mentoring, and networking benefit our scholars and their families. This fundraiser is a wonderful opportunity for those in our community to get together and have fun while raising a lot of money for others in our community.”

Co-Chair Liam Bresnahan said, “This year over 340 people attended and had a great time dancing to a fun band, eating and connecting with each other.” He added, “Thanks to many incredible donors and bidders, we also had an amazing auction.”

In addition to providing college scholarships, the Guild and volunteer members provide mentoring to these students. The Legacy Guild is now accepting scholarship applications for next school year. Applications can be found at and are due April 15. 

More than 90 applicants are expected, another record number of students who need support. Donations can be made on the website as well. The Legacy Guild is designated as a federal 501(c)(3) charitable organization and registered with the State of IL.

The Legacy Guild was formed by a group of men from the La Grange area in 2012 who were drawn together after a cluster of sudden and unexpected deaths of treasured friends and neighbors. The organization formed within weeks of these tragic events to offer support to each other and to transcend our grief to provide fellowship to men in the community and assist students who have lost a parent with scholarships and mentoring.
Spring Event 2020 Photos
(photo cred to Bob Briskey Photography - Photographer & Realtor at Keller Williams Experience)
Marty Madden, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at FNBC Bank & Trust, accepts the Community Champion Award on behalf of FNBC presented by Legacy Guild President Bill Carney.
Chairs of the 2020 Legacy Guild Spring event were (L to R) Legacy Guild Board Member Russ Riberto, Liam Bresnahan and Legacy Guild Board Member Ryan Williamson. (all from La Grange, IL)
Dave and Diana Pasquinelli and Frannie and Pat Naughton (both couples from Western Springs, IL) celebrate and support scholars at the Legacy Guild's Spring Event on Feb. 29
Kris and Mark Lonsway of La Grange are excited as they review the amazing auction items at the Legacy Guild Fundraiser on February 29. The event netted more than $145,000 for college scholarships for area students who have lost a parent.
Karin Lynch, Lynn Vear, and Kerry Nutter (all of La Grange, IL) smile as they hold a fun sign during the Legacy Guild’s Spring Event held on February 29, 2020.     
Beth McLawhorn (Western Springs), parent of two Legacy Guild Scholars, bravely shares a personal story of the passing of her husband and the support provided by The Legacy Guild and the community..
The Legacy Guild
823 Burlington Avenue, Western Springs, IL