In the past, our Dan Fogelberg Memorial events and tributes were primarily funded by private individuals. Proceeds from these events, if there were any, would benefit various charitable organizations. Each year, we would begin again with nothing in hand but best intentions. The tremendously favorable responses and numerous requests from attendees of the Peoria Memorial Celebration in 2010 led us to believe that we could continue this positive momentum, and nurture it into annual celebrations. To do that, we needed to create a system of financial support and organizational structure that we could steer towards this goal. The Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria was in 2011 created to address these needs.
The Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria is a not for profit organization incorporated and recognized by the state of Illinois, created to honor the musical legacy of Dan Fogelberg. The Foundation is also a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation will sponsor events for the purpose of raising funds to meet goals of the mission statement of the organization. Sponsored events will engage and support fine arts through live performance of music, displaying of art work, or the performance of live theater. Under the guidance of the FFoP, these events have begun to expand nationally -- the 7th annual Celebration Event will be held in Maine, Dan's adopted home state. Sponsored events will also include information that will assist in creating community awareness of prostate cancer testing and research.
In addition to events, the Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria will also seek opportunities to honor Dan Fogelberg by continuing to create awareness of his musical legacy in a manner that is respectful and dignified. At present, the Foundation is also supporting and partnering with K-Squared Productions, who is developing a musical called "Part of the Plan" which features Dan's music as the soundtrack.
The Foundation will establish a charitable fund that will support fine art projects, accept scholarship/grant requests, and award recipients based upon funds available. The FFoP to date has given support to the Peoria Arts Guild, UsToo Peoria (a prostate cancer peer support organization) and Lyrics Alive (a 501c3 which brings creative music writing into schools). The Foundation will also continue to beautify and maintain the Dan Fogelberg Memorial site at Riverfront Park in Peoria, Illinois.
Co-founders of the Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria
Hugh Higgins, Eric Mills and Deb Jelinek
Cindi Bedell, Susan Coleman, Tom McKevitt, Tamara Schaidle, Betsy Yarcho,
Eric Mills, Deb Jelinek