Illinois Fatherhood Initiative
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2017 Tom Dreesen & Comedians Golf Outing

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Makray Memorial Golf Club - Barrington, IL


Click to view pictures at the golf outing



We celebrate 20 Years (1997-2017)

Click to view our 20 Year Anniversary Report


Congratulations to our 2017 IFI Fatherhood Essay Winners

Israel Garza, Jr
Essayist: Jacquelyn Garza
12th Grade - Grayslake North High School - Grayslake, IL

Francisco Gomez
Essayist: Joy Quezada
6th Grade - Rachel Carson School - Chicago, IL

Robert Lyles
Essayist: Kameron Lyles
6th Grade - De La Salle Institute - Chicago, IL

Keithston Ferguson
Essayist: Qwayland McGowan
10th Grade - De La Salle Institute - Chicago, IL

Click to view short video of throwing out the first pitch - July 14,2017





To view the history of the winners click here


2017 IFI Honoree Father of the Year Alan King

2017 IFI Honoree Father of the Year Alan King - Award Acceptance Playlist

 Alan S. King  |   Partner at Drinker Biddle Law Firm

Alan S. King is an accomplished partner at the law firm Drinker Biddle. 
He is a Board member of Children First Fund: Chicago Public Schools Foundation and an Ounce of Prevention Fund. 
Alan is a lawyer by day and an internationally known DJ by night.
He is a co-founder of the Chosen Few DJs, which host an annual music festival in July in Chicago. 
He is married to Fourth Ward Alderman Sophia King and has two daughters.


2017 IFI Honoree Father of the Year Dan Marquardt

Dan Marquardt Honoree 2017 IFI Father of the Year - Award Acceptance Playlist

 Daniel Marquardt  | VP & Partner of Marquardt of Barrington

Daniel Marquardt is the Vice President and Partner of Marquardt of Barrington,
a 55 year old, 2nd generation family owned and operated, Buick & GMC dealership.
Family values and commitment to community are defining elements of the corporate culture. 
Dan is board member of the Chicago Automobile Trade Association and president of Lions Club of Barrington.
Dan has 11 siblings and he and his wife Jennifer have 
9 children including six adopted children


Our 12 Essay Finalists and their "Fathers" - June 7, 2017
picture by Mark Fabish



20th Anniversary Fatherhood Dinner Celebration

June 7, 2017 Chicago, IL

Click to view the 12 Essay Finalists for 2017


Congratulations to our new Executive Board Officers

President - Kevin Masukevich
Vice President - Dana O'Banion
Treasurer - Stan Dembouski
Secretary - Christina Bate

IFI receives $5600 donation from 100+ Who Care

Tony Lenhart presents the check to David Hirsch

Special thanks to Tony Lenhart and his 100+ Who Care colleagues for the $5,600 contribution to IFI -
Illinois Fatherhood Initiative.  100+ Who Care is a social philanthropy organization that chooses one charity to support every quarter.   To learn more about 100+ Who Care go to:


2016 Tom Dreesen & Comedians Golf Outing
Wednesday September 21, 2016
Makray Memorial Golf Club - Barrington, IL


Comedians                                              WWII Veterans

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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