Food education isn’t a solo pursuit

Pilot Light is deeply grateful to our many partners who help fulfill our mission dedicated to supporting young people in building upon their understanding of how food impacts health, attitudes, communities, and their own lives. We thank them for their generous support and thoughtful advice, and for continuing to be champions of Pilot Light.

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For grants and corporate partnerships, contact Kathy Argentar, Manager of Institutional Giving (kathy@pilotlightchefs.org or 312-952-0117).  For individual gifts, contact MaryBeth Jirgal, Major Gifts and Events Manager (marybeth@pilotlightchefs.org or 773-456-5972).  We would love to talk with you!

  • Becker’s Healthcare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago Gourmet and the Illinois Restaurant Association
  • Chicago Housing Consulting Services
  • Flowers for Dreams
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  • Fortune Fish International
  • Fresh Thyme
  • GoodCity Chicago
  • Hannah’s Bretzel
  • Marquee Development
  • Illinois Charitable Trust
  • Illinois Humanities
  • Joyce Foundation
  • LinkedIn
  • Lynx Grills
  • Nielsen-Massey Foundation 
  • Northern Trust Centennial Fund (a donor-advised fund of The Chicago Community Trust)
  • Penserra Securities
  • Piece Pizzeria
  • Posey Family Foundation
  • TROXELL
  • Steelite
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • The Kroger Co. Foundation
  • UNFI Foundation
  • Vikki Booth

Impact Circle members take a leading role in our development through cumulative contributions of at least $50,000. Their gifts have catapulted our ability to bring food education to children.

 

  • David Grossman and Katherine Tomford
  • Robert Guttman and Family
  • James Hughes and Tracy Boychuk
  • Michael Johnson and Ann Weiser
  • Anonymous
  • The Kent and Martha Savage Family Charitable Fund
  • Jennifer Tengelsen

 

2010 Initiator Circle members supported Pilot Light with frequent contributions during our first ten years, helping us to become a leader in the field of food education.

 

  • Shar and Ellen Afshar
  • Solomon Barnett and Camila Salvisberg
  • Neilav and Priya Bhatt
  • Tony and Aine Bisciglia
  • Brian and Heiji Black
  • Christopher and Margaret Block
  • Rosanne Boik
  • Brandon and Emily Delfino
  • Louis A Sr. and June M. DeSorbo Charitable Fund
  • Andrew Dsida
  • Irene Fogelson
  • Ken Fredrickson and Maria Casciaro
  • Eric Frey and Michelle M. Harnett
  • Deborah Fullerton
  • Greg and Julie Goldstein
  • Leonard and Sierra Gullan
  • Thomas Kane
  • Ron and Julie Kaplan
  • John and Tracey Kreiling
  • Brian Kruk and Sarah Jarvis
  • Frank Mahoney and Taylor Meredith
  • Chuck and Amy Marlas
  • Jennifer Morrow
  • Brian Moy
  • Eric and Katie Nordness
  • Thomas Quinn and Eileen Furey
  • Tom Quinn and Alex DeSorbo-Quinn
  • Mark and Claudia Richman
  • Marilyn Joy Scripps
  • Kent Spellman
  • Keith and Robin Struve
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Will and Kim Ulaszek
  • Stephen Weiner and Sherry Corley

 

 

Annual Recognition Circle members are listed below based on their cumulative annual giving. With their support, we’re expanding our food education programs to serve more students in Chicago and across the nation.

 

Illuminate: $20,000 and Up

  • Aine and Tony Bisciglia
  • Tracy Boychuk and James Hughes
  • Rodrigo d’Escoto
  • Chuck Doherty
  • Leah and Dan Gordon
  • David Grossman and Katherine Tomford
  • Dr. Rob Heidt
  • Kristin and Jon Larson
  • The Kent and Martha Savage Family Charitable Fund
  • Jennifer Tengelsen
  • Mike Wills

 

Engage: $10,000 and Up

  • Solomon Barnett and Camila Salvisberg
  • Carrie Carlson
  • Louis A. Sr. and June M. DeSorbo Charitable Fund
  • Andrew Dsida
  • Kenneth Fredrickson and Maria Casciaro
  • Eric Frey and Michelle M. Harnett
  • Leonard and Sierra Gullan
  • Robert Guttman and Family
  • Neil Malhotra
  • Anonymous
  • Marilyn Joy Scripps
  • Kim and Will Ulaszek
  • Michael Johnson and Ann Weiser

 

Ignite: $5,000 and Up

  • Guy Bargnes
  • Heiji and Brian Black
  • Deborah Fullerton
  • Ron and Julie Kaplan
  • Tracey and John Kreiling
  • Avaneesh Marwaha
  • Anonymous
  • Eileen Furey and Thomas B. Quinn
  • Anonymous

 

Spark Curiosity: $1,000 and Up

  • Ellen and Shar Afshar
  • Margaret Woulfe Arens and Steven Arens
  • Shari Berland
  • Neilav Bhatt
  • Margaret. and Christopher Block
  • Carolyn Cannon
  • Valerie Carberry
  • Sarah Cobb
  • Sherry Corley and Stephen Weiner
  • Robert DeGennaro
  • Alex DeSorbo and Tom Quinn
  • Efroymson Family Fund
  • Amy Everard
  • Earl Farkas
  • Melissa Fischer
  • Peter Flesvig
  • Kathy and Jonathan Ford
  • Julie. and Greg Goldstein
  • Darrel Hackett
  • Bob Iles
  • Ashley and Jennifer Keller
  • Susan and Jay Kelty
  • Kristin Kranias
  • Sarah Jarvis and Brian Kruk
  • Jeremy Lewin
  • Diane and Alejandro Longoria
  • Paula Malhotra
  • Logan Meinerz
  • Matthias Merges
  • Lani Miller
  • Jennifer Morro
  • Sundeep Mullangi
  • Marty Nesbitt
  • Sarah Neukom
  • Christina Razzi
  • Becca Richards
  • Mark and Claudia Richman
  • Shannon and Ben Roberts
  • Adam Savage
  • Benjamin Savage
  • Sarah Donovan and Jordan Shields
  • Cathy Simpson
  • Ken Terao
  • Donnita Travis
  • Virginia Vecchio
  • Keren and Greg Weiss
  • Katie Wilson
  • Jenny Zhang

 

Find more information on our recognition circles for individual giving here.

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