Chicago/Suburbs

Proceeds Of Cantigny 5k Donated To Homeless Veterans

by The Chicago Times Staff

November 20, 2021

WHEATON, IL – On November 11th Cantigny Park presented a $11,000 check to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton.  The donation is the net proceeds from the 17th annual Cantigny 5K Run/Walk that took place on November 6.

The check totaled $3,285 in cash donations from 800 participating runners and walkers, as well as, money contributed from the required entry fee.  MSHV co-founder Bob Adams accepted the donation last night at the First Division Museum in Cantigny Park, as part of the museum’s Veterans Day celebration.  Magan Ascher, Director of Visitor Services at Cantigny, presented the check.  With this year’s donation, the Cantigny 5K has now raised $140,000 for MSHV since 2008.

MSHV also receives funding from Cantigny Post 556 of the American Legion, which is located at Cantigny Park’s First Division Museum.  During the 5K, the legionnaires hosted a pancake breakfast, which raised $484 in direct donations to the shelter.  MSHV is Post 556’s primary community service activity.

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans provides veterans and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency.  MSHV operates three facilities in downtown Wheaton.

The next Cantigny 5K will be held on November 5, 2022.  Cantigny Park is part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation which invests “. . . in people and organizations across Chicago and Illinois to develop educated, informed, and engaged communities.”