Taft High School Foundation - Chicago, Illinois

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Inaugural William Howard Taft Hall of Fame Gala Celebration and Fundraiser event on Saturday, September 12th at the Ridgemoor Country Club in Harwood Heights, IL

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are invited to join the throng of alumni, retired Taft teachers and a cast of over 35 inductees into the William Howard Taft Hall of Fame.  The Ridgemoor Country Club is located on Gunnison Street just off Natoma Avenue in Harwood Heights and only 1 mile south of Taft High School.  The evening features delicious food and beverages, some great entertainment and lots of camaraderie among old and new friends.  Tickets are on sale now and you may also purchase discounted tables of 8 or 10 people should you wish to share the fun with dear friends from your days at Taft High School. The fun begins at 6:00pm (or as soon as you arrive) on Saturday, September 12th at the Ridgemoor Country Club.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Click here to purchase your tickets today.

The list of inductees includes both alumni, retired teachers and other dear friends of Taft High School.

The retired teachers being honored are Mrs.Ruth Artisuk, Mr. Chuck Dobrath, Mr. Frank Hood, Mr. Roy Horton, Mr. Joe Kupcinet, Mrs. Belle Meites, Mrs. Patricia Daniels (Miss O'Keefe), Miss Lois Tortorelli, Mrs James Stamm and Principals Mr. John Graven and Mr. Leo Hoeffer. 

Distinguished alumni being honored include Fred Allegretti (1959), Wayne Andersen (1963), Rich Coady (1962), Robert Forney (1944), Jim Grabowski (1962), Patrice Gramarossa (1970), Jim Jacobs (1960), Terry Kath (1964), Steve Lombardo (1960), Al MacFarlane (1961), Larry Marsh (1959), Lynn Morley Martin (1957), Howard Moore (1990), Dick Thornton (1957), Joseph Tunzi (1971), Robert Wislow (1963), June Weinstein (PTA past President 1960's) and her two sons and one daughter, Stuart Weinstein (1964), Jim Weinstein (1968) and Susan Weinstein (1971). 


Taft High School Foundation and Taft PTSA renovate and refinish the BIG GYM floor!

On June 15, 2015 the BIG Gym Floor renovation was completed. In a unique partnership, under the leadership of PTSA President Mrs. Anita Bernacchi and Foundation President Richard Winge the "BIG" Gym on the first floor was completely refurbished and refinished to become what you can see in the photos below - a first class basketball court that Taft High School boys and girls can use to perfect their skills as athletes on the court. Thanks to your generous donations, both organizations, in cooperation with Taft Principal Mr. Mark Grishaber, we were able to do the work in the first two weeks of June. As such, the floor will be ready for the 2015 Fall Semester beginning this September.

Thank you for your support of these two fine organizations in their endeavor to make Taft the Premier High School in the city of Chicago.

Big Gym Renovation

The Foundation Board of Directors:

Susan Miller Aldrich (1961 alumna)
Dave Barth (1962 alumnus)
Anita Bernacchi (President of the Taft PTSA, Board Member of the Taft Local School Council and Taft Parent)
Rich Bolinder (1970 alumnus)
Carol Gerhardt Horschke (1944 alumna) Honorary Director
Dr. Sharon Manjack (Taft Special Education Teacher)
Ted Pirpiris (Local School Council Emeritus Chairman)
Dr. Art Tarvardian (Emeritus Principal of Taft High School)
Rick Winge (1970 alumnus)

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