May 222023

Lauren (Giannini) Herrington-Gilmore ’08 and Andrew Herrington-Gilmore ’09, founders of The Gilmore Family Foundation, recently had a very successful Fundraising Gala that was held in Chicago. At this Gala, there were 300 people who attended, 20+ sponsors, and nearly 70 IWU alums. They raised over $250,000, all of which will go to The Rare Disease Program at Children’s Wisconsin to “support both the infrastructure required to provide coordinated clinical care and provide opportunities for ongoing research collaboration in pediatric rare diseases.” You can read more about The Gilmore Family Foundation here.

Lauren (Giannini) Herrington-Gilmore ’08 and Andrew Herrington-Gilmore ’09 and IWU alums
Apr 122023

Lauren (Giannini) Herrington-Gilmore ’08 and Andrew Herrington-Gilmore ’09 were recently featured in the Pantagraph to share more about their organization, The Gilmore Family Foundation. This foundation was cofounded by Lauren and Andrew and their mission is to “raise money to support childhood rare disease treatment, discovery, diagnosis, awareness and research.” You can read the Pantagraph article about the journey of this foundation here.

Dec 212022

Michael G. Wolf ’08 has been appointed Vice President of Farnsworth Group, Inc., a national engineering, architecture, and survey firm based in Bloomington, IL.

“Mike offers a unique background that blends his electrical engineering skillset and a thorough understanding of building systems with business development, marketing, and strategic planning,” said Karen Jensen, PE, President and CEO of Farnsworth Group. “Mike’s appointment as Vice President is reflective of his demonstrated leadership, our expanded business operations, and his passion for making clients successful through design solutions.”

Read the full article here. Congratulations, Mike!

Dec 192022

Lauren (Giannini) Herrington-Gilmore ’08 and Andrew Herrington-Gilmore ’09 cofounded The Gilmore Family Foundation in the summer of 2022 to raise money for childhood rare disease treatment, discovery, diagnosis, awareness, and research.

“A rare disease diagnosis is devastating, and it’s the last thing any child should have to endure. Unfortunately, for our family and thousands of others, it is reality. It is also extremely hard to find doctors and care teams who have the experience, knowledge, resources and capability to provide the coordinated care each child deserves. The entire process is mind-numbingly frustrating, terrifying, and exhausting. Yet, through personal experience, we have learned what a family can do when pushed to the limits, and what children can overcome in the most difficult of circumstances. We aim to celebrate and honor what these kids can do while alleviating some of that burden on families dealing with pediatric rare diseases.”

Read more about their foundation and how you can help here.

Dec 192022

Kate Jones ’08 recently performed a piece called “The Heart Knows No Borders” by Andres Martin with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. The performance featured 30 double bassists, with Kate as the soloist. You can watch the show here, and learn more about Kate at