2019 Marcia Wynn Award recipients

The 2019 Marcia Wynn Award was presented to Kathy McDermott and Ronda Reneau at the Parent/Board dinner on September 25th.

The Justin Wynn Fund created the Marcia Wynn Award in 2016 to honor parents who have been dedicated volunteers and supporters of the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.

Congratulations and thank you!

Pictured from left to right: Kaila Holland, Ronda Reneau, Kathy McDermott, Drew McDermott

Wynners at the JWLA Leadership Camp!

Over the August 9-11 weekend, 56 Wynners came to the YMCA Camp Duncan for the annual JWLA Leadership Camp. It was a weekend packed with meetings, team building, plenty of fun, and very little sleep! What a great way to start the new program year!

2019 Catherine McKnight Scholarship Recipients Honored

Congratulations to ETHS graduates, Jacelyne Myrthil and Shawn Johnson, Jr., recipients of the first annual Catherine McKnight Scholarship Awards.  This fall, Jacelyne will be attending Western Michigan University and Shawn will study at MoreHouse College.

Catherine McKnight, lovingly known as “Granny”, was Justin’s grandmother and the matriarch of the Wynn family.  She was a beloved teacher in Evanston School District 65 for more than 30 years and an unwavering supporter of the Justin Wynn Fund.  The Justin Wynn Fund Board of Directors created the Catherine McKnight Scholarship in 2019 to honor both her memory and her passion for education and community service.

The 2011 Justin Wynn Awards recipients graduate from ETHS

Congratulations to the 2011 Justin Wynn Award recipients on their graduation from ETHS this spring.  This senior class was recognized at the Justin Wynn Awards Brunch held on May 5, 2019, at the Hilton Orrington Evanston.  Their leadership will be missed in the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.

Many of the 2011 Justin Wynn Award recipients will be continuing their educations at schools that include:  Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Amherst College, DePauw University, Tufts University, and Oberlin College.  Best wishes on their journeys!

Photo courtesy of Genie Lemieux/Evanston Photographic Studios

The 2019 Justin Wynn Awards Brunch

In a ceremony at the Hilton Orrington Evanston, the Justin Wynn Fund honored the 32nd class of Justin Wynn Award recipients.  Attendees included Mayor Hagerty, Dr. Witherspoon, Dr. Goren, Alderman Braithewaite, and Former Mayor Tisdahl.

Pictured with the 2019 recipients from left to right are: Riian Wynn, Laura Wynn-King and Kelli Wynn.

Photo courtesy of Genie Lemieux/Evanston Photographic Studios

2019 JWLA 3-on-3 Tournament was a success!

Over 200 players, from 1st through 8th grade, participated in the JWLA 3-on-3 Tournament on March 10.  A portion of the proceeds from the 2019 tournament were donated to Connections for the Homeless. Thank you to all the participants!

For tournament results, please go HERE

The 2019 Buddy Portugal Award recipients

At the annual Justin Wynn Fund Red Tie Soiree, the founders and leaders of Girls Play Sports received the 2019 Buddy Portugal Award.  Megan Livatino, Chris Livatino, and Liz Brieva were honored for their outstanding contributions to Evanston’s youth.

Pictured from left to right:  Andrew Denlow, Megan Livatino, Chris Livatino, Tracey Denlow, and Liz Brieva.

Photo courtesy of Genie Lemieux/Evanston Photographic Studios

The 2018 Justin Wynn Fund SoccerFest

On a hot and humid September day, 115 soccer players from 1st through 8th grade came together to play in the annual Justin Wynn SoccerFest at ETHS Lazier Field.  The day was a true celebration of community and soccer as players affiliated with area organizations like AYSO, JaHbat, Team Evanston, Chicago Fire Juniors North Shore, plus players not affiliated with any organization participated in the tournament.

Each year a portion of the funds raised at SoccerFest are donated to a local organization chosen by the youth in the Justin Wynn leadership program.  This year’s recipient is Books and Breakfast, a before school program offering a healthy morning meal and homework help to Evanston elementary students in need of additional support.

The 2018 Justin Wynn Awards Brunch

Congratulations to the 2018 Justin Wynn Award recipients!  These 24 fourth grade students from across District 65 were honored at the annual brunch held at the Hilton Orrington/Evanston.  Close to 300 people attended the ceremony, including Mayor Hagerty, Dr. Witherspoon, and Dr. Goren.

Pictured with the 2018 Justin Wynn Award recipients from left to right are: Riian Wynn, Laura Wynn-King and Kelli Wynn.

Photo courtesy of Genie Lemieux/Evanston Photographic Studios