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James C. Tyree
Jim was an extraordinary, ordinary man. Though many of his accomplishments were extraordinary, he was always that humble guy from the South Side who loved his family, his job and colleagues, sports and improving the world around him. Jim was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mesirow Financial, in addition to serving on countless local boards and philanthropic organizations. Throughout his life, he touched and changed the lives of many.   Learn more about Jim...

Welcome to the James Tyree Foundation

On March 16, 2011, Chicago lost a true friend, leader and optimist. This Foundation was formed to remember Jim Tyree, to continue his legacy of giving back - to give people hope and to give them better lives. The Foundation's mission of support for innovative education reflects Jim's passion and belief that education was the key to unlocking life's door and his understanding that the world was changing at a rapid pace. By taking what you know and thinking about it a little differently, Jim felt you could leave the world better than you found it.

The Foundation supports educational endeavors that foster creativity and innovation to improve the lives of people in the Chicagoland area. Through direct grants, the Foundation will work to help strengthen these organizations in their pursuit of meaningful change in education, health care and other disciplines.

Living Through Giving 2015
The James Tyree Foundation 3rd Annual Fundraiser

Support innovative education in academics and health care and be a SHINING STAR no matter who you are.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 353 N. Clark Street, 17th Floor

Fundraiser and Cocktail Reception

Learn About Sponsorship Opportunities or Buy Individual Tickets

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Jim's Shining Stars Sponsors ($10,000)
  • Judy & Tom Hynes
  • Larry D. Richman, The PrivateBank
  • Mesirow Financial
  • Richard & Linda Price
  • SPLASH, A Sun-Times Publication
  • Sun-Times Media, LLC
  • Tom & Carol Galuhn
  • University of Chicago Medicine

Jim Tyree Legacy Sponsors ($5,000)
  • Michael & Holly Barrett
  • Amy & Micah Adams
  • Brian Diedrich
  • Brock & Kristen LaMarca
  • Bruce & Beverly Young
  • Carol Jones & Tom Hynes
  • CBRE
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • CNA
  • Gary & Candice Klopfenstein
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • Geoffrey & Linda Hirt
  • Heitman
  • Howard & Beverly Rossman
  • Kristie P. Paskvan
  • Laurie and Gerry Levin
  • Limelight Catering
  • Marge's Still
  • Mark & Shawn Kmety
  • Marty & Amy Kaplan
  • McGladrey LLP
  • Michael & Sharyl Mackey
  • Mr. & Mrs. Norman Bobins, The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
  • Norm and Marci Malter
  • NPK Associates, Inc.
  • Plum Grove Printers, Inc.
  • Ralph & Jeanette Tuliano
  • Roy Terracina
  • Ruth & Gary Hannenberg
  • Scott Phillips + Associates, Inc.
  • Susan & Marc Sacks
  • The City Light Orchestra
  • The Eli's Cheesecake Company
  • Tradeshows and Displays, Inc.
  • WBEZ 91.5 FM
  • William & Carol Parrillo
  • William & Sarah Boockford

"A Toast to Jim" Sponsors ($2,500)
  • Dana M. Mikstay
  • David & Michelle Dermenjian
  • Dennis B. Black
  • First Bank of Highland Park
  • Joanne Rohn
  • John & Nancy Fern
  • Joseph & Kathy Adler
  • Laurie and Mike Jaffe
  • Lolly & John Doerrer
  • MB Financial Bank
  • Michelle and David Dermenjian
  • Peter & Margaret Nagle
  • Rabbi Debra Nesselson & Garry Cohen

Jim Tyree Champion Sponsors ($1,000)
  • Andrew Madigan
  • Ariel Investments
  • Charles R. Middleton
  • Dan & Kathy Howell
  • Ira & Beverly Schulman
  • James Turner
  • Jerry & Debra Hendrickson
  • John P. Harney
  • Julie Vander Weele
  • Lou and Lynn Philipson
  • Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
  • Mesirow Family Charitable Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. William Maniscalco
  • Ronald L. Chez
  • Sylvester Construction Services
  • Tom and Peggy Hasenauer
  • Wight & Company

Friends of Jim Sponsors ($500)
  • Adam Fishman, Merrill Kubak
  • Chris & Joe Riley
  • Craig Goesel
  • George & Leah Barbar
  • Goldberg Kohn LTD
  • Greg Robbins
  • James M. Reilly
  • Joanne and Kevin Krakora
  • John M. Wilhelm
  • Joseph Wark
  • Kevin & Jane Doherty
  • Marc Sandroff
  • Mario and April Remegi
  • Mary Kay & Bob Wik
  • Melissa Kibler Knoll
  • Michael D. Hartz
  • Michelle Gurgone
  • Patty Murphy
  • Paul and Deborah du Vair
  • Peter Bianchini & Stella Glover
  • Related Midwest
  • Sidney Epstein
  • Stephen Jacobson
  • The Frances Xavier Warde School

Living Through Giving Supporters
  • Charles M. Fraenkel
  • Walter and Mary-Elaine Perry
  • John C Passananti
  • Michael Pryal
  • Joseph A. Piraro
  • Jennifer Scheurich
  • Andrew and Trish Dilg
  • Anton Valukas
  • Arnold Pritsker
  • Bill & Mary Ellen Beckmann
  • Carla Henault
  • Deni Caplan
  • Donna F. Zarcone
  • Ed Hochman
  • Giles Stouffer & Renee Ayer
  • Jeff Levine
  • Jennifer & Paul Rosenblum
  • Jim & Terri Noon
  • Joseph Scheurich
  • Kevin A. Hughes
  • LauraJane Hyde
  • Leah Cozad
  • Mark Zelich
  • Michael A. Gurgone
  • Mitch & Pam Zielezinski
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ralph B. Mandell
  • Neal C. Nealis, DDS
  • Paul D. Adcock
  • Renee Schreiber
  • Rick Bechtel
  • Sean Murphy
  • University of Notre Dame

Our 2014 Grantees!
All of us at the James Tyree Foundation are thrilled to announce we have awarded $500,000 in grants to 11 non-profit organizations that are working to improve countless lives in the Chicago-area.

Each of these truly inspiring grant recipients are shining examples of the foundation's core mission: to advance innovative educational efforts in academics and health care.

This year's grantees include a mix of innovators we have supported in the past, as well as some very exciting programs that we welcome into our James Tyree Foundation family for the first time:

Chicago Lighthouse
The Chicago Lighthouse has 28 programs in the education, employment, and rehabilitation of people who are blind or visually impaired. Their preschool program helps young children from low-income families gain an equal footing in order to help them join their sighted friends when they start kindergarten.
High Jump
High Jump is a two-year, tuition-free academic enrichment program that fills the educational opportunity gap for talented middle grade students, ages 12 to 14. Its mission is to equalize education for middle school students who have exhibited academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means.
Jumpstart Chicago
Jumpstart Chicago partners college student volunteers with preschool classrooms in high-need communities. By focusing on reading during the formative ages between three and five, Jumpstart helps build vocabulary, alphabetic and print knowledge and language competencies.
Calm Classroom
Pass With Flying Colors Pass With Flying Colors prepares Chicago high school students from underserved communities to be successful in college. PWFC scholars develop the academic, social and non-cognitive skills that are critical for college and career success.
By The Hand Club For Kids
By The Hand Club For Kids is an after school program serving kids who live in some of Chicago's most under-resourced neighborhoods: Altgeld-Murray, Austin, Cabrini-Green and Englewood. From the time they enroll in our program until they're walking independently as well-adjusted, responsible adults, our mission is to literally and figuratively take kids by the hand and walk alongside them.