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Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation News   
August 2, 2021
We hope to see you Friday, August 20, at DESTIHL Brewery in Normal, IL, for the CONNECT Alumni Event! The IALP Alumni Board welcomes you to enjoy delicious food, craft beer, and  a night of casual fun with fellow alumni and the Class of 2023, as we honor 3 recipients with the Torch of Leadership Award. Attendance is limited so sign up today!
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We Thank Our IALF Supporters 
Nominate an alumni for the Torch of Leadership Award! 
On Friday, August 20 we will be honoring 3 recipients with the Torch of Leadership Award. If you know of someone that meets these criteria and that you feel is deserving of this award, please send in your nominations! Deadline for nominations is Friday, August 6
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Class of 2020 Graduation
After patiently waiting over a year after completing the IALP, the Class of 2020 was finally able to partake in their graduation on Friday, July 23, in Chicago. Lieutenant Governor Julianna Stratton joined the Class for lunch at Harry Caray's before sharing remarks and partaking in a chat with IALF President Lee Strom. IALF Board Chair, Dan Kelley, and Alumni Board President Sheri Bane, were in attendance and shared their perspectives on the IALP and what it means to be an alumni. The Class was also given the opportunity to share their experiences and favorite moments as members of the IALP Class of 2020. The day culminated in a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan with views of the beautiful city skyline. 
Top photo: IALF President Lee Strom and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton engage in discussion. Middle Left: Chairman Kelley addresses the Class. Middle Right: Ellen Kamps shares a favorite memory from her time in the program. Bottom: Chicago skyline from the sunset dinner cruise. 
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Debi Thurow Memorial Scholarship Fund

We lost a dear friend and colleague in Debi Thurow. Debi was a dedicated member of the IALF staff for 12 years, but her impact on the foundation, and on all those that had the opportunity to know her, will carry on. She was passionate about her work with the foundation, most notably when it came to ensuring the success of the class members. Debi worked closely with each class member through the entirety of the program; from completing the application process to the graduation ceremony. 

To honor Debi, and her legacy of generosity and kindness, the IALF has established the
Debi Thurow Memorial Scholarship Fund for Participant Special Needs. The goal of the fund is to provide assistance to IALP participants requiring additional financial support due to extenuating circumstances while completing the program.  


To contribute to the Debi Thurow Memorial Scholarship Fund, please send a payment to:


PO Box 1368
Bloomington, IL 61702

You can also make a donation electronically:

Debi Thurow Memorial Fund
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