Scholarship Inc.

Our Founders

Dorothy McCaskill

Business & Financial Manager

Fred Gafeney President

The HISTORY of Fresh Start Civic and Social Organization is not that of one single person, but it does start with one single vision. The Fresh Start Civic and Social Organization were founded, in 1998, by four people who were previously associated with another Organization.  The new organization emanated out of the Founder’s passion for raising funds to award scholarships to deserving recipients. The original four members, Fred Gafeney, Dorothy McCaskill, Robert Davis, and Lalita Mayo, recruited four additional members.

 Fresh Start’s initial big success story was its annual New Year’s event.  The first one was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington Heights, IL. in 1998. This Fund Raiser was held in a 250 capacity ballroom. Fresh Start had over 300 guests and had to utilize the hotel’s restaurant for the overflow crowd…” Much Success”.  20 years later, 2018, Fresh Start had over 800 attendees during the New Year’s event at the Westin O’Hare in Wheeling Illinois.

 

During the succeeding years, Fresh Start Scholarship, Inc, hosted the following fund raiser activities:

 

ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S EVENT

ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD’S EVENT

ANNUAL BUS TRIP TO OTHER STATES

STEPPER’S SET

 

We became incorporated as The Fresh Start Scholarship, Inc., in 2012, as a “not for profit” entity through the State of Illinois.

 

The following is a list of our current “Board of Directors:

Fred Gafeney………President

Roland Paris …………. Vice President

Rosalie Thompson……Vice President

Deborah Hill…….…. Recording Secretary

Dolores Lawrence …………Treasurer

Dorothy McCaskill……Business Manager/

Jeff McCune…………. Sergeant-at Arms

Sheila MacDonald-Jordan………. Parliamentarian

Marsha Craig……………. Director

Melvina Jones…………. Director

 

The Auxiliary Members:

Tina Willingham              Annie Paris

Claude Brown                 Norma Brown

Dennis "DJ" Graham       Zaneta Adams

Cornell Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

 

Fred  Gafeney...President..708-238-7501

Dot McCaskill Financial Manager, 630-926-4588

P.O.Box 891 Matteson, IL 60443

 

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