Summer Eclipse Raises Over $250,000 for Skender Foundation

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Skender Foundation’s annual event raises money for under-resourced Chicago students and other wellness and education charities.

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Skender Foundation Founder Cheryl Skender with representatives from Chicago Scholars

We are thrilled that Chicago Scholars was able to share their story with so many people and raise awareness of the number of talented young people in Chicago who reach their full potential through education.

Skender Foundation’s second annual Summer Eclipse sold out, with about 400 people filling the Studio Paris at Paris Club to raise money for Skender Foundation and its charity partners. The $260,000 raised will directly support Chicago Scholars and 50 other local education and wellness charities.

The event’s charity partner Chicago Scholars is a non-profit organization that helps talented yet under-resourced high school students overcome barriers to collegiate access and success. Several current and former Chicago Scholars attended the event in July, including Derrius Quarles, a 2013 graduate of Morehouse College and founder of Million Dollar Scholar. Quarles won his first scholarship through Chicago Scholars, and then went on to win $1 million in scholarships. Since graduating college, he has founded his own company to help other scholars achieve similar goals.

“We are thrilled that Chicago Scholars was able to share their story with so many people and raise awareness of the number of talented young people in Chicago who reach their full potential through education,” said Skender Foundation Chair and President Cheryl Skender. “We’re very thankful to everyone who supported us in furthering our mission.”

Skender Foundation’s Builders’ Board will host its next event, Harvesting Hope, on October 17 at Hubbard Inn. Proceeds from that event will benefit Common Threads, a charity for children living in underserved communities which teaches them how to cook wholesome, healthy meals.

About Skender Foundation
Skender Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on empowering and inspiring mindful individuals and groups to achieve lifelong success in education and wellness. Each year, our foundation supports those who are helping others reach their full potential. For more information, visit http://www.skenderfoundation.org.

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