The mission of the Warren W. "Billy" Cherry Scholarship, named in memory of a much loved and respected Evanston educator, is to perpetuate his total acceptance of all people, his commitment to the highest standards of educational excellence, and his energetic dedication to enriching the children and institutions of Evanston. The scholarship was established soon after Warren Cherry's untimely death in 1990.
The Cherry Scholarship Fund celebrated another grand year in 2012. Thanks to the support and generosity of our friends and donors, we have been able to increase the lifetime maximum amount an individual can receive up to $12,000.
Our annual Golf Outing netted $27,000 that will help college students pursue academic careers. Thanks to co-chairs Bill Bridges, Jeff Doman, Joe Keitel, John Powell, Bob Reece and Bart Rocca, and to all the members of the Golf Committee. Thanks as well to everyone who contributed to our annual Book Dramatization, starting with Mary Ann and William McGrath, who welcomed 90 people into their magnificent home. Barbara Rinella surpassed herself. Co-chairs Timon Jandora and Rita McKissic and the members of the Benefit Committee made it an evening to remember.
As always, I want to express my gratitude to the members of our extraordinary board, and to the growing community that supports our efforts. I invite you to attend our Award Dinner on April 28, 2013, and I hope you can take time for our annual Golf Outing on June 22, 2013. Both events are always fun.
Finally, I would like to note that the Cherry Scholarship Fund has expanded our outreach to part-time and graduate students. Several Cherry recipients are now teaching our future leaders. We need your help so we can continue investing in the education of our youth. I hope you will consider donating to the Fund, and I thank you in advance for your very generous contributions.
Patty Cherry Reece