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News Briefs: $440,000 raised for NSCD; International Night a special one for Loyola; Glencoe hires assistant village manager

Community generosity on Feb. 23 at Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette helped North Shore Country Day raised a historic $440,000 for student scholarships and supplemental support.

Nearly 300 parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends attended the annual fundraiser, according to a release from the school. The event, which was co-chaired by parents Hannah Chung and Lynn Kahla-Ryan, raised funds that will go toward supporting current and future students, “ensuring that a North Shore education remains accessible to all students regardless of their financial situation,” the release says.

The evening included a lively auction with items donated by local businesses and artists, as well as a heartfelt video featuring testimonials from NSCD alumni. The paddle raise, which closed out the program portion of the event, reportedly was the highlight of the evening, with attendees generously contributing to the cause for items that included a trip to Hawaii.

“Raising money for scholarships is an enormous privilege that we took very seriously,” Chung said. “Working with such a talented, ambitious and inspiring team made the stakes even higher. To have had so much fun to achieve our goal? Priceless!!”

A performance on International Night at Loyola Academy on Feb. 23. | Photo from Loyola Academy

I-Night celebrates range of cultures at Loyola

The Loyola Academy community celebrated International Night on Friday, Feb. 23, with a cultural performance featuring a wide range of music, dance and poetry.

The annual International Night is a showcase of the diversity of cultures and traditions that make up the Loyola community. The event, called I-Night, features performances from a number of Loyola’s heritage clubs, including the African American Youth Group, Asian Youth Group, Chinese Club, Hellenic Club, Irish Heritage Club, Polish Club, Step Team and UniDos.

For about 200 Ramblers, the heritage clubs “become like a second home — a place where they can learn and grow more fully into themselves,” according to a release from the school.

The performances showcase the unique cultures and traditions of the Loyola community, with vibrant performances. In addition to the performances, guests enjoyed a variety of desserts afterward from all of the countries represented at I-Night, including delicije, himbasha, jelly cups, plantain chips, baklava and conchas.

According to the school, the International Night celebration at Loyola Academy is an annual highlight of the academic year.

Glencoe adds to Village Hall team

The Village of Glencoe has announced the hiring of Benjamin Wiberg as the Village Hall’s next assistant village manager.

Benjamin Wiberg

Wiberg previously served in several positions with the Village of Glenview, most recently as the assistant to the village Manager for two years.

A graduate of Northern Illinois University and Marquette University, Wiberg has held many positions in municipal government, including as the public works management analyst for the Village of Glenview.

“I’m thrilled that Mr. Wiberg is joining our team,” Village Manager Phil Kiraly said in a media release. “His varied skill set, commitment to our organization’s customer-first mindset and his enthusiasm for the important work of local government will help us to achieve much in service to Glencoe’s residents and thriving business community.”

Wiberg will be responsible for a range of responsibilities when he takes on his new role, including leading economic development projects, guiding special projects, supporting the work of the preservation commission, overseeing the renovation of the Public Safety Department’s living quarters and the council chamber in Village Hall, and working on the project management team for the new Glencoe Golf Club Clubhouse.

Wiberg said that he is excited to be joining the Glencoe team.

“Local government is my passion,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with the Village’s leadership team on a variety of special projects in service of the Glencoe community.”

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This article was developed using publicly available information, such as press releases, municipal records and social media posts.

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