Wheaton Garden Club Announces Philanthropic Gift Recipients

Nancy Hensley and Marty Warwick of the Wheaton Garden Club present a check to Gregg Bettcher, executive director of We Grow Dreams, as part of the club’s philanthropic giving.
Courtesy of Mélanie Grotte

The Wheaton Garden Club recently announced its 2024 Philanthropic Honorees.

The scholarship winner is Grace Weber, who is pursuing an associate of science degree with a concentration in biology at the College of DuPage. She then plans to attend a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies.

A financial donation was made to We Grow Dreams to help replace raised beds and make structural repairs to their shopping center.

We Grow Dreams is a nursery and greenhouse located on Chicago’s West Side that has provided job training and employment to young adults with disabilities for over 16 years.

A beautification donation was also made to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans to provide a seating area in one of their apartment buildings. The Wheaton nonprofit provides services to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families achieve self-sufficiency.

Previous philanthropic donations have been made to the Cosley Zoo, Willowbrook Wildlife Center and Illinois Prairie Path.