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James C. Tyree
Jim was an extraordinary, ordinary man. Though many of his accomplishments were extraordinary, he was always that humble guy from the South Side who loved his family, his job and colleagues, sports and improving the world around him. Jim was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mesirow Financial, in addition to serving on countless local boards and philanthropic organizations. Throughout his life, he touched and changed the lives of many.   Learn more about Jim...

Welcome to the James Tyree Foundation
On March 16, 2011, Chicago lost a true friend, leader and optimist. This Foundation was formed to remember Jim Tyree, to continue his legacy of giving back - to give people hope and to give them better lives.

The mission of the James Tyree Foundation is to advance innovative educational efforts in academics, health care and other disciplines.

The Foundation's mission of support for innovative education reflects Jim's passion and belief that education was the key to unlocking life's door and his understanding that the world was changing at a rapid pace. By taking what you know and thinking about it a little differently, Jim felt you could leave the world better than you found it.

The Foundation supports educational endeavors that foster creativity and innovation to improve the lives of people in the Chicagoland area. Through direct grants, the Foundation will work to help strengthen these organizations in their pursuit of meaningful change in education, health care and other disciplines.

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Event Sponsor
Eve Tyree

Jim's Shining Stars Sponsors ($10,000 and above)
  • Brian Shevitz and Karen O'Sullivan
  • Larry D. Richman, The PrivateBank
  • Lidsey Stewart & Jonathan Peabody
  • Mesirow Financial
  • Richard and Linda Price
  • Tom and Judy Hynes

Jim Tyree Legacy Sponsors ($5,000)
  • Brock and Kristen LaMarca
  • Carol Jones and Tom Hynes
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Geoffrey and Linda Hirt
  • Howard and Beverly Rossman
  • Kevin Brown, Lettuce Entertain You
  • Kristie Paskvan
  • Marc and Susan Sacks
  • Marge's Still
  • Mary Jane Schultz
  • Michael and Sharyl Mackey
  • Michael Mackey
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gerald J. Levin
  • Mr. & Mrs. Norman Bobins, The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
  • Norm and Marci Malter
  • PNC Bank
  • Randy D. Abeles, RSM US, LLP
  • Ron & Ellen Saslow/Hu-Friedy Mfg., Co.
  • Roxanne and Rocco Martino
  • Ruth and Gary Hannenberg
  • Ruth Hannenberg
  • The City Lights Orchestra
  • The Eli's Cheesecake Company
  • University of Chicago Medicine

"A Toast to Jim" Sponsors ($2,500)
  • Adriana Duenas-Flerlage, Joseph Flerlage
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Bruce and Beverly Young
  • David and Michelle Dermenjian
  • First Bank of Highland Park
  • Joanne Rohn
  • Lolly and John Doerrer
  • Margaret and Peter Nagle
  • Michael and Kelly Zehfuss
  • Rabbi Debra Nesselson and Garry Cohen

Jim Tyree Champion Sponsors ($1,000)
  • Bill and Deb Hornell
  • Brian Greenblatt
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Chuck and Therese Naso
  • Cindy and Bruce Lubin
  • Dennis and Joyce Black
  • Dominick Mondi and Donna Hall
  • Gloria Castillo
  • Ira and Beverly Schulman
  • James Turner
  • Jeffrey C. Rubenstein
  • Jim and Melissa Van Pelt
  • Jim and Melissa Van Pelt
  • Joanne and Dan Eckel
  • Joseph Adler
  • KPMG
  • Laurie Mefford
  • Lavin Strategies, Inc.
  • Michael and Holly Barrett
  • Patrick and Renee Sheahan
  • Prescient
  • Renee and Edward Ross Foundation
  • Richard Mesirow
  • Ronald L. Chez
  • Steelcase, Inc.
  • Terry Lee
  • Thomas Gibbons
  • Thomas J. Finn

Friends of Jim Sponsors ($500)
  • Bob and Jenny Frentzel
  • Bruce Slayter
  • Bruce Slayter
  • Daniel Weil
  • Debbie Krieps
  • Donald Gaddis Co., Inc.
  • Emerald Venture Advisors, LLC
  • ERikson Institute
  • Goldberg Kohn, Ltd.
  • Jacqui Norstrom
  • Jennifer Few
  • Joan & Rickey Freeman
  • John C. Passananti
  • John M. Wilhelm
  • John P. Harney
  • Kevin and Jane Doherty
  • Kimberly and William Filan
  • Lindsey Stewart
  • Michael and Monica Carey
  • Michael J. Gurgone
  • Michelle Gurgone
  • Myron and Eileen Berkson
  • Nancy and Bob Barrett
  • Peggy and Bob Aldape
  • Robert and Susan Wislow
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Sheila Kelly
  • Sylvester Construction
  • Tom and Peggy Hasenauer
  • Vicki and Thomas Horwich
  • Vince and Amy Allegra
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC
  • William D. Boockford

Living Through Giving Supporters
  • Abe Eshkenazi
  • Alan and Carol Adams
  • Alex Albergo
  • Andy Pataky
  • Arnold Pritsker
  • Brenda J. Wolf
  • Bruce Hague
  • Cathy Juricic Easly
  • Christopher D. Farr
  • Claire Gregoire, Kamden Strategy Group
  • Colin Finn
  • Craig Goesel
  • David L. McIntosh
  • Deni Caplan
  • Elizabeth Cummings
  • Frances Levickas
  • Gary C. Mills
  • Gary Mitchiner
  • Gibson Electric & Technology Solutions
  • Heather Farley
  • Heather Gardner
  • Jai & Joy Luster
  • James M. Reilly
  • James Terman
  • Jennifer Rosenblum
  • Jim Feldman
  • Jim Harper
  • Joe Gregoire
  • Joe Scheurich
  • Joseph and Laura Lewandowski
  • Ken Ulrich
  • Kenneth Walter
  • Kevin A. Hughes
  • Larry N Rosen
  • Laura Jane Hyde, Gilda's Club
  • Marc Bassewitz
  • Mario & April Remegi
  • Mario and Lisa Butler-Del Rio
  • Marist High School
  • Mary Kay and Bob Wik
  • Maureen Flood
  • Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
  • Michael Kelsey
  • Michael O. Hartz
  • Michael Simon
  • Michelle Cronin
  • Michelle Paulsen
  • Michelle Ryan Coe
  • Mike Pryal
  • Monica Giotta
  • Mr. & Mrs. Peter Goldman
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ralph B. Mandell
  • Nancy Ayers
  • Nancy Goldenberg
  • Neal Nealis, DDS
  • Patti Barnett
  • Peter McEnery
  • R. Kevin Barrett
  • Ramy and Christine Bahu
  • Randall Royer
  • Rick Morel
  • Sally Welzenbach
  • Sarah Scheurich
  • Stephen Legatzke, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
  • Terry Ries
  • Thomas J. Doherty
  • Tim Stouffer and Renee Azer
  • Tom Siegel & Sherry Medwin, Siegel Films, LLC
  • Toni Cornelius
  • Walter & Mary-Elaine Perry

Our Grantees
Chicago Lighthouse High Jump
Jumpstart Chicago Calm Classroom
Breakthrough Urban Ministries City Year
Civic Leadership Foundation Calm Classroom
Wolcott School The University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center
SitStayRead Erikson