Illinois Fatherhood Initiative - IFI
                      1 N. Dearborn St. #1000
                           Chicago IL 60602     


The 12 Finalists are.....

 Talia Baker, DeLaSalle Institute  Maurice Baker - Father of the Year
 Herlinda Daza, Columbia Explorers  Luis Daza (brother) - Father Figure of the Year
 Emilia Dedic, Arbury Hills School  Craig Dedic - Father of the Year
 Maria Garcia, Rachel Carson Elem  Jorge Cruz (teacher) - Father Figure of the Year
 Emily Lopez, Columbia Explorers  Carlos Hortal - Grandfather of the Year
 Lanie McGuckin, St Mary's Pontiac  Ryan McGuckin - Father of the Year
 Ahriel Pringle, DeLaSalle Institute  Ronald Pringle - Father of the Year
 Rogelio Rivera, Jr, Columbia Explorers  Rogelio Rivera, Sr. - Father of the Year
 Talwo Sowemimo, Colin Powell MS  Sotayo Sowemimo, Father of the Year
 Jack Tepper, DeLaSalle Institute  Dan Tepper - Father of the Year
 Dominic Vittori, Bridgeport Catholic
 Dempsey Young, Mundelein HS
 James Vittori - Father of the Year
Chuck Cranford - Father Figure of the Year

Message from our President - Scot Marcotte

Scot Marcotte's Profile Photo, Image may contain: 1 person, closeup


The IFI Ricky Byrdsong Luncheon was held at Union League Club on Nov. 12, 2019 

Watch this short video of the event by ABC7


          Program                                                  Julian Green & Carey Casey


            Carey Casey & Ray McElroy                  Alan Krashesky - Carey Casey - David Hirsch


Picture from 2018 Ricky Byrdsong Luncheon



The IFI Tom Dreesen & Comedians Golf Outing & Dinner was held at Makray Memorial Golf Club, located in Barrington, IL on September 11, 2019

The event included lunch, 18 holes of golf, cocktails, dinner, a salute to WWII veterans and performances by more than a dozen comedians including Tom Dreesen.

1995 Honorary Father of the Year, Wayne Messmer sang our National Anthem to pay tribute to the sacrifices our military has made on the somber anniversary of September 11th, and to honor IFI's own Tuskegee Airman Lawrence "Wilk" Wilkerson.  He also sang "Happy Birthday" to celebrate a milestone birthday for Tom Dreesen.


IFI 2019 Honoree Father Award given to Abe Thompson at the Chicago Sky basketball game (8/18/2019)

Pictured left to right...

Chicago Sky Guy, Stan Dembouski, (IFI Secretary), Scot Marcotte, (IFI President),
Abe Thompson, Angela Thompson, Crystal Swenson, Phoenix Thompson


IFI 22nd Annual Fatherhood Dinner Celebration
Thursday - June 6, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL

where we celebrated our
Fatherhood Essay Contest Finalists and
Honoree Fathers of the year!



Fatherhood Essay Contest Semifinalists enjoyed fun at the

Chicago Fire game on May 11 . The Fire won 2-0

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We celebrate 20 Years (1997-2017)

Click to view our 20 Year Anniversary Report



IFI would like to thank Families & Schools Together (FAST) for including us in their latest blogg.
Click on their logo below to read their comments.....


IFI's Mission:

"Actively Engaging Fathers in the Education of Children"


A message from David Hirsch, Founder of IFI"

"Why We Need to Break the Cycle of Father Absence"





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