Commemorate, Congratulate, Celebrate!

GECRC 20th Anniversary 2021-2022

Help us commemorate, congratulate, and celebrate 20 years of GECRC’s growth and impact throughout our Anniversary Year! Over the years, GECRC students were supported academically and socially by dedicated volunteer tutors, GECRC staff, and local community partners. GECRC is committed to providing the academic and social support our students have come to rely on for 20 years into the next 20 years. We couldn’t do it without the support of our volunteers, generous community members, local businesses and community organizations.

20th Anniversary Sponsors

GECRC gratefully acknowledges these event sponsors

Platinum Level, $10,000

Celia Rodee and Peter Cooper

Gold Level, $5000

Judy and Dave Cheney

Lisa and Bob Ciosek

Marcel's, Marché and Maison

Silver Level, $2500

Christian and Lorraine Ambler

Cleo Burtis and James Comerford


Bronze Level, $1000

Erica and Barry Nelson

Lisa and Keith Tylke

Past Anniversary Events

GECRC Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser: June 24

At  "Dare to Dream," GECRC's 25th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser, attendees celebrated the community that built the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center over the past 20 years. It was a beautiful summer night that included an auction, raffle, international food trucks and live music at the Glen Ellyn Boathouse. We are so grateful to all of the sponsors and donors who made "Dare to Dream" possible. We raised more than $50,000 that will go directly to supporting our after-school and summer programs.
An enormous thank you to our Platinum, Gold , Silver and Bronze sponsors listed above, as well as our event sponsors: Common Good Cocktail House, Glen Ellyn Family Eye Care Associates, The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn and Oakley Home Builders.
Also thank you to our in-kind sponsors: Custom Direct, Inc. , Glen Ellyn IL Chamber of Commerce, J. Umlauf Design, Karly Tearney Photography, Papier Girl, Two Hound Red Brewing Co. and Wheaton Yamaha Music School. Tremendous gratitude to all of the local businesses and individuals who donated items and services to our Silent and Live Auctions! We will be listing each and every one of these kind donors in our July newsletter.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event, bid on items and donated. We are so grateful.
And finally, tremendous gratitude to our generous board members and their families who donated their time, treasure and talent to making this event an enormous success.

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GECRC Family Fun Day: June 11

GECRC’s amazing community of students, families, volunteers, board members and staff all enjoyed the GECRC Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 11 in celebration of GECRC’s 20th anniversary. About 100 individuals were in attendance to enjoy face-painting, snow cones, games, a raffle and more at Churchill Elementary.  An enormous thank you to the countless individuals and organizations that made this day possible. A special thank you to the Glen Ellyn Lions Club for donating the pizza lunch for the event!

“I was excited to celebrate GECRC's growth alongside our students and their families, the most important members of our organization's structure,” said GECRC volunteer coordinator Maryam Ghouse. “There were smiles everywhere, parents and children alike got to have fun, and by my standards, that made it a successful event!”

Annual Literary Event Fundraiser: Sept. 9

Literary Event Committee Chair: Janis Pfister, GECRC Board Member
Literary Event Committee: Celia Rodee, Judy Cheney, BJ Meier, Katie Prescott

A huge thank you to EVERYONE who made our annual Literary Event with author Claire Lombardo at Reserve 22 Restaurant Bar Events an enormous success. A special thank you goes to GECRC 20th Anniversary Sponsor Marcel's Culinary Experience and Marché, Literary Event sponsor Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, and Glen Ellyn Public Library. We appreciate all of those who supported GECRC with an ad in the program booklet or donated raffle prizes, silent auction items, and to all who attended. It was a wonderful night with Claire Lombardo raising $15,000 for GECRC!

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GECRC Golf Outing: Oct. 1

Golf Outing Committee Chair: Rebecca DePorter, GECRC Board member and Laura Ulepic
Golf Committee: Christian Ambler, Renee Blew, Dawn Cassata, Michelle Hedden and Jackie Rickert

The first annual GECRC Golf Outing, held at Village Links of Glen Ellyn, brought together more than 63 golfers in support of GECRC programs. We are so grateful for all of our generous sponsors; Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust, Foundation Wealth Strategies, Jimmy John's Sandwiches, Lexio, and Compass The Carrie and Renee Team. Thank you to all the fantastic golf outing participants for sharing in the gorgeous weather and raising nearly $14,000 for GECRC!

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A Year of Celebration

Join us throughout the year, as we Commemorate, Congratulate and Celebrate 20 years of enriching GECRC programming and launch us into the next decade of work as resourceful educational advocates for the children and young people in our community.

20 years of service, 20 years of progress, 20 years to Celebrate!

Be part of a community movement:

  • impacting the lives of more than 1000 students
  • growing from a 1-room program in a single school district to a 4-school program, including a high school tutoring group, and a six week summer program engaging students in three school districts
  • whose track-record for success launched a burgeoning scholarship program supporting 5 college-bound alumni and tutors in the past 3 years

How to Get Involved

For additional information, please contact Laura Ulepic at or Rebecca DePorter at