$6,640 Raised for the For Scout Foundation at St. Charles Swim Meet

Photo Courtesy: For Scout Foundation

On Thursday, October 1st two rival high school teams came together to hold a “pink out” fundraiser to support the For Scout Foundation and raised a staggering $6,640.

Madison “Scout” Cantrell was just nine years old when she tragically passed away from complications of an asthma attack in October of 2014. Scout’s sister Katie, a freshman, is a member of the swim team at St. Charles North high school, one of the competing rival schools.

The proceeds from the fundraiser go to support causes that Scout loved, such as animal shelters, but the primary benefactor is the Scout Cantrell Learn To Swim Program, which was started after receiving a grant from USA Swimming. The program offers free swim lessons to underprivileged children in the area who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

The For Scout Foundation held a “Pink Out” fundraiser at a St. Charles swim meet on October 1.  Swimmers from St. Charles North High School and St. Charles East High School donned pink swim caps in honor of Madison “Scout” Cantrell. The Cantrell family established the For Scout Foundation within the Community Foundation in 2015 in memory of nine-year-old Scout, who passed away on October 29, 2014 due to complications from an asthma attack.  Scout was an avid swimmer and a member of St. Charles’ swim team. Scout’s sister Katie is currently a freshman on St. Charles North High School’s swim team.

The Daily Herald’s Darryl Mellema reported on the fundraiser in an October 1 article, “St. Charles swimmers come together at Pink Out.”  While St. Charles North won the meet, everybody had something to celebrate as the event raised $6,640 for the For Scout Foundation. Money raised by the fund goes toward the support of causes that were important to Scout, such as local animal shelters. The fund also contributes to the American Asthma Association and asthma research.
To learn more about Scout Cantrell and to make a donation to the For Scout Foundation, please visit our website.
About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.
Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving.  Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests.  Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $74 million in assets and has awarded nearly $55 million in grants and scholarships.
Funds may be created on a permanent basis or they may serve a more limited purpose. Donors establishing permanent funds have the assurance that their charitable objectives will be fulfilled in perpetuity.
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