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Fall 2019

More than 3,000 Area Kids Benefit from 2019 Summer Programs

Dunham Fund is supporting many school-based programs and STEM initiatives to make sure young people in our community have enriching experiences that help ensure their summer is filled with learning — and some fun too!

Whether it was a high-schooler learning about all aspects of law enforcement and getting into shape while doing so, children and their families enjoying recreational activities at a pop-up park, enjoying a nutritious meal in one of the many beautiful parks located throughout Aurora, or children honing their reading skills before returning to elementary school – over 1,000 kids benefitted from the various programs offered throughout the community.

The Dunham Fund is proud to support programs that enhance summer experiences for kids in our community and appreciate the ingenuity of nonprofits as they aim to reach as many students as possible over the summer months.

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Photos (L to R): Batavia Artists Association at Water Street Studios provides hands-on art experiences; the Law Enforcement Youth Academy trains future civic leaders, and Friends of Aurora After School Reading mentors elementary students.

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Urban Gardening Highlighted at Harvest Dinner

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry hosted a delicious dinner celebrating summer’s bounty from their Community Garden. Festivities took place under a white tent in their parking lot directly across from the garden – with set-up provided by the East Aurora High School Junior ROTC.

Seasonal vegetables grown during the summer months provided 80% of the ingredients. East High Culinary Arts students assisted Livia Italian Eatery chef Mike Bomberger and chef Matt Schmuck with the preparation of the meal.

Guests had a chance to learn about the many benefits of urban gardening for the broader community: neighborhood beautification, crime reduction, and connecting with those who live in the area. Most importantly, the garden provides 2,000 pounds of locally grown produce, when in harvest, for Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry clients on food distribution days.

The Dunham Fund is proud to support the ongoing work of the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, who serves approximately 7,700 families in our community annually.

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Weisner Family Center for Career Development Opens

West Aurora School District kicked off the 2019-2020 school year with the Ribbon Cutting at the Weisner Family Center for Career Development. This impressive state-of-the-art 18,000-square-foot facility houses the equipment needed to teach interested students the skills required for a career in advanced manufacturing.

Look for a feature video in our next eNewsletter!