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.”


Museum invites visitors to share their personal military history in a professional space

Wheaton, Ill., October 14, 2021 – The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park is celebrating Family History Month—and every month—by inviting local veterans and their families to share their stories of military service.

The museum’s Community Connection Case, or CCC, is a place for individuals or families to become a part of the military history narrative. Managed by Museum Specialist Jessica Waszak, the exhibit changes monthly and features military-related memorabilia, photographs and the written remembrances of veterans and family members. The case is in the museum lobby.

Waszak says the goal is to enrich our community’s appreciation of armed forces service and history, and to strengthen the museum’s bond with visitors from the area. Professional curation by the First Division Museum staff ensures eye-catching and compelling displays. Donors may also be interviewed so their stories can be featured on the museum’s social media pages.

October’s CCC exhibitors are Ralph and Linda Grieco from Winfield. Ralph’s family military history goes back to Italy in WWI when his grandfather served with the Royal Italian Army and was a POW. Ralph is a retired Colonel and spent 26 years with the Army Corps of Engineers beginning in 1970. Kevin Grieco, Ralph and Linda’s son, served in the Navy and Army National Guard before being killed in the line of duty in 2008. 

Content for the Community Connection Case is invited for 2022. Potential exhibitors should contact Waszak at or 630.260.8183. Submissions are also accepted via the First Division Museum websitea link is at the bottom of the home page.

The First Division Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm (4 pm close in November and December). Entry is included with Cantigny’s parking fee. Face coverings are currently required inside the museum, regardless of Covid-vaccination status. More information is online

About the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park

The First Division Museum, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundations, promotes public learning about America’s military heritage and affairs through the history of the “Big Red One”—the famed 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. The museum’s main exhibit hall, First in War, transports visitors to the trenches of World War I, the beaches of World War II and the jungles of Vietnam. A second exhibit hall, Duty First, explores the 1ID’s history in more recent times. The Robert R. McCormick Research Center, open to the public, houses the museum’s library, archival and photo collections. Outside, tanks from every era are interpreted, along with artillery pieces and a personnel carrier. Solemn memorial markers and commemorative statuary invite quiet reflection.