On Wednesday, May 28, the Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation (ICECF) hosted its annual Back 2 School Kickoff Luncheon. The luncheon serves as the launch for the non-profit’s annual Back 2 School program, which aims to provide school supplies to underprivileged students throughout the state of Illinois.
The Back 2 School luncheon featured NBC 5 Chicago’s Stefan Holt, returning once again to emcee the special event at Maggiano’s Banquets in Chicago. During the ceremony, ICECF honored Elizabeth Dozier, principal of Fenger High School, and Barbara Bowman, founder of the Erikson Institute with special Education awards for their contributions over the years. Additionally, Suzanne Claeys, a Senior at Resurrection College Prep in Chicago was awarded the annual Tufano Family Scholarship thanks to her academic achievements in addition to her commitment to serving the local Chicago
During the reception, Marty Lieberman, President of the Community Currency Exchange Association (CCEA) of Illinois announced that in 2015, ICECF will receive an additional $10,000 donation from the organization that will go towards awarding an additional four Tufano Family Scholarship awards.
The ICECF’s Back 2 School program is the largest free school supply program of its kind in the state of Illinois. In just 2013, more than 25,000 students from low-income families received over 750,000 school supplies to aid them in their academic year.