McCormick Turns 60

by Phil Zepeda, Director of Communications

Robert R. McCormick was one of Chicago’s first major philanthropists, with his generosity helping to shape the city he loved. In 2015, the Foundation that bears his name will mark the 60th anniversary of its establishment. Over that time, the McCormick Foundation has touched the lives of thousands of people, contributing more than one billion dollars to journalism, education, community action, social and economic services and civic engagement.

The McCormick Foundation is marking the year with special partnerships and events for the communities in and around Chicago.

Also celebrating 60 years of its commitment to Chicago is WTTW/Channel 11. Through special support of their premiere news program Chicago Tonight, regular pledge drives, and special community screenings, the Foundation will help trumpet the tremendous value that the station has added to our lives since its first broadcast.

Through an enhanced partnership with the Donors Forum, the McCormick Foundation will assist in the convening of the non-profit community for conversations throughout the year on government reform, civic engagement and economic mobility. As the premier resource for networking and education, information and knowledge, and leadership and advocacy on behalf of philanthropy and non-profits in Illinois, the Donors Forum is uniquely poised to help the Foundation build momentum around these topics.

On Thursday, July 30, we invite you to spend a day at Cantigny Park for our 60th Anniversary Celebration. As McCormick’s former retreat located in west suburban Wheaton, Cantigny enriches our community every day and is enjoyed by more than 350,000 visitors each year. Visitors that day will get a special glimpse behind the scenes of everything Cantigny has to offer: from the formal gardens and walking trails to the Robert R. McCormick Museum; from the amazing fairways of Cantigny Golf to the First Division Museum, dedicated to the history of the Big Red One, the famed 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Whether you join us on this particular day or any other, you’ll enjoy every moment you spend at Cantigny.


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