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Education to Empowerment Women's Scholarship and Mentoring Program to Host Fall Luncheon at Goebbert's

The Education to Empowerment (E2E) women’s scholarship and mentoring program at McHenry County College (MCC) will be hosting a luncheon on Thursday, September 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at The Venue at Goebbert’s in Pingree Grove.

In addition to a lunch and program, the event features a silent auction, complimentary bar, appetizers, live music, and opportunities to interact with other attendees. All proceeds will go toward E2E scholarships for female students at MCC.

“The event is open to all women who may be looking for ways to give back or network with other women in the area,” said Dianna Torman, Co-Chair of Education to Empowerment. “It’s an excellent opportunity to learn about the E2E program, meet scholarship recipients, and make valuable connections.”

MCC President Dr. Clint Gabbard, several E2E members, and recent E2E scholarship recipient Colleen Duncan will all be speaking at the event.

“Gathering for lunch is the perfect time for women to step away from their daily schedules and bond over philanthropy, women’s empowerment, and education,” said Jessica Rizza, Development Coordinator for the Foundation. “We look forward to sharing more about E2E and connecting with women in our county.” 

Education to Empowerment’s mission is to empower women to reach their fullest potential and achieve economic independence through education, mentoring, and financial support. The E2E scholarship provides $10,000 in funding for each student that can be applied toward tuition, books, and fees for a recipient’s last year at MCC and first year at an accredited four-year institution.

E2E originally began in 2013 with the goal of bringing together 100 influential women in McHenry County. Each woman donates $1,000 each year. To date, the E2E program has awarded $420,000 in scholarships to 47 female MCC students.

The luncheon is $35 for E2E members and $40 for non-members. Dress attire is fall chic. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit

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