Special Initiatives of the Community Foundation
Eunice Wishop Stromberg
Spelling Bee Initiative
Established on March 17, 2010, this exciting endowment challenge was named for Eunice Wishop Stromberg. Eunice was a life long Rockford resident who worked as a Secretary at National Lock and, in her free time, enjoyed playing cards with her husband and dancing to Big Band Music. She was very fond of children, but never had any of her own. At family gatherings, “Aunt Eunice” was surrounded by various nieces and nephews, catching up on all the details in their lives. In addition, Eunice often reminded her family about the value of academic excellence and the importance of its pursuit.
It is fitting therefore that upon hearing that the Regional Office of Education was having difficulty finding a sponsor so that area students could compete in the Regional Spelling Bee, the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation voted unanimously to use a portion of Eunice Wishop Stromberg’s un-restricted bequest to establish a permanent endowment to support the spelling bee in perpetuity.
The Community Foundation announced in early 2013 that the Stromberg Spelling Bee Endowment goal of $100,000 was raised! Today, the fund is valued at over $104,000 and the Boone-Winnebago Regional Spelling Bee with be supported with financial resources forever.
If you would like to make a contribution…
- Send a check payable to the Community Foundation, with “spelling bee” on the
- Make a donation » through our on-line donation system.
- Call us for information on how to support this permanent endowment
through your will and estate planning.