IHLAEF Fundraising Efforts

Pony Up for the Kids Fundraising Event at Arlington Racecourse 
Pony Up for the Kids is IHLAEF's Signature Fundraising event. In its 11th year, the event attracts IHLA members and young professionals ready for an exciting day at the races in the classy yet comfortable Beverly D. Suite at Arlington Park Racecourse. Guests mingle in the private room and covered walkout terrace with stunning bird's eye views of the track, indulge in the delicious fare and premium cocktails, and enjoy the benefit of a horseracing professional on hand to offer winning selections and betting strategies.

How You Can Help
-Purchase event tickets or tables 
-Sponsor the event
-Donate a product or service to be used as a raffle prize 

Holiday Online Auction on BiddingforGood.com
The Holiday Auction offers a fun and easy opportunity for IHLA members and the 1,000's of active BiddingforGood.com users to bid on a wide variety of impressive, unique, and discounted packages for themselves and others all while contributing to a great cause: the IHLAEF Scholarship Program. Packages include hotel stays, dining gift certificates, spa and fitness packages, sports memorabilia, unique experiences, and more. 

How You Can Help 
-Donate a product or service to the auction
-Bid on the variety of fantastic auction packages available 

Donor Recognition
Contributions will be promoted in various ways conveying the business's commitment to education and charitable community endeavors, specifically on the following platforms:  

Named Scholarship Program 
With the Named Scholarship Program, IHLAEF provides an opportunity for donors to designate a scholarship with a "Name" that recognizes and acknowledges a specific individual, business, or organization. A named scholarship is a way of leaving a legacy and supporting students both now and in the future.

A named scholarship can be established with a minimum annual contribution of $2,000 for at least three years, and the Foundation will work with the donor to establish any specific eligibility or criteria that should be used in choosing the student recipient each year.  

Donor Recognition 

IHLAEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all contributions are tax-deductible.


Attention Amazon Shoppers: IHLAEF is on AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers, at no cost to the customer. 

To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device using your existing Amazon account. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you'll need to select Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Foundation to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to our Foundation. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are currently eligible for donations. 

Help Us Grow the IHLAEF Scholarship Program & Empower Future Hospitality Leaders

Industry Employment & Room Increase:

Rising Tuition Costs: Over the past 30 years, the average tuition and fees at a public 4 year school saw a 231% increase.

Conclusion: The demand for exceptional talent in the hospitality industry is greater than ever, and we must act now to meet the anticipated growth. The rising cost of tuition has become prohibitive for many promising students, but with increased financial support, the number of recipients and award amounts can continue to grow. Your contribution will help us support promising future hospitality leaders and help our industry meet its staffing needs.

All IHLAEF proceeds go directly to our IHLAEF Scholarship Program


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