On Jan. 5, Keith Brandenburger, owner of Brandenburger Plumbing, Inc., 3245 W. 111th St., presented checks—each for $1,500—to the My Mary Cate Foundation and the ACT Foundation, both of which support programs for people with special needs. In December, Brandenburger hosted a raffle in which he gave away four of his season tickets to a Blackhawks game, which included dinner for four in the Stadium Club section and parking passes. Tickets for the raffle cost $25, and proceeds benefitted the foundations. Celebrating Brandenburger’s donation are Kim Mellenthin, who works for ACT, with her daughter Liz (from left); Brandenburger; Kerry Lynch, founder of the My Mary Cate Foundation, with her daughter, Brydie, and Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association Executive Director Mary Gill. The My Mary Cate Foundation was started by Lynch after her oldest child, Mary Cate, 5, was born with Apert Syndrome, a rare craniofacial condition. Lynch said she plans to use the donation to buy and distribute copies of the book “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio, which chronicles a young boy with Apert Syndrome and urges readers to “choose kind.” Lynch adopted that slogan, which became popular throughout the city after she visited several schools with Mary Cate to tell her story. Mellenthin said she plans to purchase art supplies for adults at ACT. (Review photo)
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