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Midland States Bank Foundation announces contributions

Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway were named the Business of the Year at the 87th Annual Illinois Association for Career & Technical Education Conference in Springfield.
Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway were named the Business of the Year at the 87th Annual Illinois Association for Career & Technical Education Conference in Springfield.

The Midland States Bank Foundation announced contributions last week to the Greater Joliet YMCA, the University of St. Francis and the Presence Covenant Medical Center of Urbana. The contributions, totaling $45,000, go toward supporting each organization’s community assistance programs.

The Greater Joliet YMCA received $10,000 to support the organization’s Teen Achievers program, which gives students a chance to grow as young adults and meet professionals in the area.

"The grant from the Midland State Bank Foundation will truly help us change the trajectory of the lives of Joliet teens. Their support will provide many at-risk young adults with mentorship, college readiness, and encourage them to set and achieve high personal and educational goals," Julie Wilkinson, Senior Director of Development at the Greater Joliet YMCA, said in a news release.

The University of St. Francis received $25,000 in support of the University’s scholarship fund, as well as the purchase of a table at the 60th annual Caritas Scholarship Ball. The university provides $17.8 million in gift assistance to students each year.

“The incredible generosity of the Joliet and Will County communities continues to inspire and affirm the important work that is being done by the University of St. Francis,” St. Francis presiden Arvid Johnson said in a press release. “Each and every dollar raised at Caritas directly supports our students’ preparation to contribute to the world through service and leadership.”

The Presence Covenant Medical Center has received a $10,000 contribution toward the organization’s PRO Abumlance Service. The funds will be used to purchase safety equipment for EMT Personnel with Pro Ambulance in Champaign County.

“We are very greatful for the support of Midland States Bank to help us help our community with dental issues, through the partnership of SMILE Health and Promise Healthcare, by supporting our adult mobile dental clinics,” commented Sheri Ervin, the Regional Community Health Integration Director at Presence Covenant Medical Center. “That is something we greatly appreciate and it helps us immensly.”

Chicagoland Speedway honored

Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway were named the Business of the Year at the 87th annual Illinois Association for Career & Technical Education Conference in Springfield for their collaboration with Joliet Township High School on authentic learning experiences.

The honor is awarded to a business that demonstrates commitment to Career and Technical Education through their partnerships and staunch support of CTE professionals.

For six years, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway and JTHS have teamed up to provide students with innovative and real-world curricular experiences. The purpose of this partnership is to develop skills through authentic hands-on projects to prepare students for their career, while building upon skills taught in their career and technical education classes. Each project required students to research, create a business plan, design and construct a finished product, and present their finished product to a panel of school and business representatives.

Morgan Stanley announces honors

Morgan Stanley announced that Craig Cunningham, Senior Portfolio Manager, Financial Advisor and First Vice President, in its Wealth Management office in Orland Park has been named to the Firm’s prestigious Century Club, a group composed of the firm’s top Financial Advisors. 

Larry Hansen, a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor in its Wealth Management office in Orland Park has been named to the Firm’s prestigious Master’s Club, a group composed of the firm’s top Financial Advisors. Tom Srachta, a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor, was also named to the clubs.

Hansen, who has been with the company since 1999, is a native of Manhattan and currently lives in Frankfort with his wife. 

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