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The mission of the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund is to provide educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth and to support healthy lifestyles initiatives in communities of color.

The Mahone Fund is a component of the Kenosha Community Foundation.

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The Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund cordially invites you to attend the annual Reaching for Rainbows Pursuit of Excellence Gala. In addition to awarding 11 college scholarships, we will honor Don Gillespie, with the inaugural Shebaniah B. Muhammad Signature Award, and Ms. Lena Cooksey, with the Volunteer Living Legend Award. Join our family of friends and supporters to pay tribute to these longtime volunteers while celebrating the academic success of our young people.

Individual tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds from the gala support our Career Exploration Organization (CEO) mentoring program, aiding low-to-moderate income youth in their pursuit of higher education, career planning and community service. We thank you in advance for your continued support.......

  • 2019 Award Recipients
  • 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities
  • 2019 Award Recipients

    "As we kick off the 'Year of the Volunteer' we are extremely grateful to those who have committed their hearts, their skills and their time to building the Mahone Fund. Together, we are a diverse family bound by the desire to make a difference in our community. The Reaching for Rainbows event will honor the first two of many individuals recognized throughout the year. This year's award recipients have a deep commitment to support the legacy of Mary Lou and Arthur Mahone. Both Don and Lena are enhancing young people's lives and enriching the Kenosha community", says Bryan Albrecht, President Mahone Fund Board of Directors.

    Shebaniah B. Muhammad Signature Award

    “It is most befitting for Don to receive the inaugural award given his 20 years of service to the Mahone Fund. From his early years as the original sponsor of the Reaching for Rainbows Gospel Brunch, to joining the Mahone Fund Board, to volunteering for the Lincoln Park Live music series, his grassroots commitment, energy, expertise and loyalty have been the back bone of our mission to support young people and empower future leaders”, says Tim Mahone, Mahone Fund Chair.

    “I am humbled to be recognized by the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Foundation. This recognition is a testament that seemingly small contributions to a meaningful mission can help achieve a worthy result, I am truly honored” -Don Gillespie.

    Volunteer Living Legend Award

    “It’s hard to envision the CEO College Scholarship program without the insight of Ms. Cooksey. Our Scholarship program has evolved because she uses her skills as a retired Educator in the Kenosha Unified School District and her passion to prepare our students for the Collegiate and Global employment opportunities that await them. Over the past ten years, her leadership, vision, friendship and guidance directly influenced our commitment to create access and affordability for our hardworking families and deserving students and invest in the college dreams of hundreds of first-generation students”, says SR. Mills, Mahone Fund Board Member.

    “I am so honored and humbled to be considered for this award! I’m proud of how the Family has embraced their legacy in memory of Mary Lou and Arthur. As Leonardo da Vinci said: 'I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.'” -Lena Cooksey



    2019 Sponsorship Opportunities

    To view/register for the 2019 Reaching for Rainbows Pursuit of Excellence sponsorships, please download the attached PDF and send completed forms to:
    Attn: Karen Kaiser
    Kenosha Community Foundation
    600 52nd Street Suite #110, Kenosha, WI, 53410

    The deadline for all registration forms and ad artwork is March 20, 2019. All incoming ad artwork should be camera-ready, according to the specs outlined, and in PDF or TIFF format. Please make all checks payable to The Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund and email ad artwork to artwork@DMarioDesign.com.


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  • Reaching for Rainbows: Pursuit of Excellence Gala
    Tuesday, April 9th @ Carthage College - Todd Wehr Center
    Reception @ 5:30pm | Dinner Program @ 6:30pm


    Calling All Seniors!

    Each year, The Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund offers a scholarship opportunity to all eligible KUSD, Christian Life, St. Joseph Catholic Academy and Shoreland Lutheran High School seniors pursuing their education at a two-year or four-year institution. Our 2019 CEO Scholarship Applications are now available at the guidance offices of all participating high schools, the Kenosha Community Foundation, and online!

  • 2019 CEO Scholarship Application
  • Completed applications must be submitted to students’ guidance counselors or the Kenosha Community Foundation office (600 52nd Street, Suite 110, Kenosha, WI 53140) by Thursday, February 21, 2019. For questions or additional information, please contact Sabrina Morgan at 262-564-2362, email at morgans@gtc.edu or Karen Kaiser at 262-654-2412, email at kkaiser@kenoshafoundation.org.


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