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Local leaders gather to support Proviso Township scholarships

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The 209 Scholarship Board of Directors is inviting the public to Great Chefs: Educated Palates, a culinary tour de force intended to raise $25,000 for the Proviso Township 209 scholarship fund. The Foundry, 7503 Madison St., Forest Park, is scheduled to host the event on Nov. 10 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm The celebration promises to be a feast for the senses with food, drink, music and lively conversation .

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After a pandemic related hiatus, the signature fundraiser is back for the third time and aims to be better than ever. Event organizers anticipate welcoming 125-150 guests who are intent on generating a financial infusion for the scholarship program started in 2015 and benefitting high school students graduating from the 10 communities feeding into the Proviso Math and Science Academy, Proviso East and Proviso West. Scholarships, many of which are renewed, are impartially reviewed before being awarded to graduates who demonstrate high academic achievement as well as those who are on a trajectory of improvement after facing challenges.

“It feels like validation when the community agrees that these kids are worth investing in,” said Michelle Woehrle, vice president of the 209 Scholarship Board. “People are meeting the moment and supporting these kids.”