November 18, 2019

Kish Foundation launches new athletics campaign at 2019 Gala

The Kishwaukee College Foundation held their annual Gala on November 2 at the College. Over 200 friends of the Foundation were in attendance. The evening highlighted the College’s growing athletics program and announced a new $70,000 athletics campaign. Guests enjoyed bidding on over 40 baskets in the silent auction and six items in the live auction. The jewelry auction was also a sell-out. Proceeds of over $35,000 will be directed towards supporting the various activities of the Foundation, including the newly announced athletics campaign.

“This year’s Gala was a great success,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, president of Kish. “The College has been working diligently on recruiting local athletes and the event was a good opportunity to launch the athletics campaign while celebrating the Foundation’s success.”

The evening program highlighted the College’s new recruitment and athletics video, focusing on the growth of Kish athletics over recent years. The College is focused on recruiting local athletes and growing the athletic offerings available. Nearly 60 percent of current Kish student-athletes come from in-district high schools.

Kish student-athlete Dennysha Kizer shared her experiences as a collegiate basketball player. “I know this is my final year playing basketball and I am proud to end my career as a Kish Kougar,” commented Kizer. “When I graduate in May, I will either go into the radiography or nursing program, and I look forward to taking the skills I have developed on the court into the hospital and helping patients.” Kizer is a 2018 DeKalb High School graduate and plans to graduate from Kish in Spring 2020.

Scott Kawall, athletic director, spoke on the importance of collegiate sport. From learning time management to developing leadership skills, Kawall reminded guests of the invaluable skills and life lessons students learn through sports, including “losing with dignity and winning with humility.”

The second annual jewelry auction was sponsored by OLT Marketing with items from D & D Jewelers. The live auction, auctioneered by Joel Prestegaard, brought in over $10,000. The six large ticket items included a holiday décor package, poolside dinner with Kish’s president Dr. Borowicz, tickets to Hamilton and overnight package in Chicago, a tailgating package including two Chicago Bears tickets, a private tour and tasting at Whiskey Acres, and an exclusive trip to Notre Dame. 

The celebratory evening also included live music by Bob Palmer, fine dining catered by Chef Rudy Galindo and Jesus Romero from Taxco Restaurant and photography by Roger Kyler Photography. Numerous businesses and individuals donated items to the silent and live auctions and/or sponsored the event.

“Since 1971, the Foundation has supported the mission of Kishwaukee College to provide a quality, affordable education,” remarked Kayte Hamel, executive director of the Kishwaukee College Foundation. “Thank you to everyone who attended and donated to this year’s Gala. Proceeds from the evening go back to ensure Kish students receive the education that will help them succeed.”

The Kishwaukee College Foundation is a nonprofit organization established to advance the future of the College, its students and program. The Foundation works to ensure students receive a quality, affordable education through scholarships and program enhancements. The Foundation awarded $432,864 in scholarships to students in FY19.

For more information about the Kishwaukee College Foundation, visit or contact the Foundation office at or 815-825-9803.

Photo: Kishwaukee College Foundation hosted its annual Gala Benefit Dinner & Live Auction on November 2 at the College. Pictured: Mark Borowicz bids on a live auction item.