Last week I had the pleasure of attending a very special celebration in our community – an event that recognized the 25th anniversary of the J. J. Keller Foundation and included a gift to Riverview Gardens (our host site) that had the Foundation reach the $50 million milestone of support and philanthropy for this region.
The event featured three guest speakers who were each recipients in some way of the Keller family’s generosity. What touched me the most about those speakers was the fact that each had important ties to Fox Valley Technical College; each person was a graduate or current student. And for each of these individuals, education played a key role in lifting them out of very difficult and challenging personal situations. It is also impressive to see the network of various community agencies (typically non-profits) working together to support the futures of individuals in situations such as our speakers described.
Our college and our students have long been the beneficiaries of the J. J. Keller Foundation and individual family members over many decades, and for that we are most grateful. One very visible way that we continue to honor their support is through the name of one of our key facilities on campus – the J. J. Keller Transportation Center. It seems like yesterday that John and Ethel Keller were with us to dedicate that facility which has continued to serve thousands of students and hundreds of companies in the area.
Congratulations to the J. J. Keller Foundation and the wonderful Keller family on this amazing milestone and the incredible impact they have made in the last 25 years!