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Silent Auction is Set for Skate-A-Thon

August 19, 2012

What can a parent and onlookers do while their kids skate their day away?

A silent auction will be on display with fabulous sporting event tickets, autographed pictures and more. 

Shop ’til you drop while your kids skate non-stop!

Stay tuned for more activities and ways to get involved on September 8th, the day of the first annual SJMF Skate-A-Thon


July 23, 2012

Class of 2012 SJMF Scholars

WARRENVILE, IL  July 16, 2012 – The Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund (SJMF) has awarded a total $12,500 in college scholarships to five DuPage County high school seniors.  Selected as members of the “Class of 2012 SJMF Scholars” each has demonstrated excellence in academics and civic leadership in extracurricular activities and in their communities despite facing personal challenges. On Monday, July 16, 2012, the SJMF Board of Directors presented the scholarship recipients with their awards and scholarships during a dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in Oakbrook, IL.

“Each year’s SJMF Scholars are extraordinary high school seniors who are recognized for having overcome personal setbacks to show a resolute commitment to their studies, their schools and their communities,” said Katherine Hill, Chairman of the Board of The Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund. “Our organization is proud to name them as the 2012 SJMF Scholars and we look forward to following them in the next exciting chapter of their lives.”

Scholars were chosen from an initial applicant pool of 138 applicants representing 43 different high schools.   Applicants were asked to submit an application in addition to an essay stating what adversities or hardships they have encountered and what they have done to transcend the hardship while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Joe Joseph, father of Stephanie Joseph and Board Member, adds “Hearing the adversity these young adults have faced and how my daughter’s story has helped them persevere has been touching. It was a great opportunity to be able to recognize these five recipients.”

The Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund was developed in loving memory of Stephanie Joseph who was a highly competitive figure skater and an inspiration to many. Stephanie’s friends and family founded SJMF in 2008 with the mission to improve the lives of children and young adults facing difficulties such as hers.  The SJMF has awarded $41,500 in scholarships and donated over $40,000 to partnering organizations since its inception.

Location and Date Set for the 1st Annual SJMF Skate-A-Thon!

June 21, 2012

After months of planning, we have landed on the perfect venue and time for our First Annual event:

                  Pleasant Prairie Ice Plex

                  9900 88th Drive, Pleasant Prairie, WI

                  Saturday, September 8th

                  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                  Exhibition to follow at 5:30 p.m.

We invite YOU to participate in the wildest skating challenge of your life!

Sign up with a partner or teams of four and keep half of your team on the ice for 8 hours straight!

Raffles, crafts, dance lessons and more will keep you entertained while you challenge yourself and your  team to skate longer than ever before.

Each participant will raise $200 before the event through sponsor letters, bake sales, and pledge drives. Be unique and come up with your own ideas as well!

Proceeds benefit the Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund Scholarship Program and Be Positive, a foundation that provides support for families of children with cancer and provides funding for childhood cancer research grants.

The SJMF Skate-A-Thon will provide the opportunity for people of all ages to give back to others in need and band together to reach phenomenal goals.

Find a team and sign up today!

SJMF Success at The Human Race

May 21, 2012

Saturday, April 21st was the DuPage County Human Race in Wheaton, IL. A Portion of the proceeds went to local charities as designated by racing participants. SJMF had 39 participants, raising a total of $1,050 with $641.50 going directly to our charity.

Two of our participants received medals: Triphena Wong took 2nd and Lynn Hill took 4th in their age divisions.

For the first year working with this event, we had a lot of fun and loved getting to join together with others who love Stephanie and her cause. A number of runners, walkers, and members of the board gathered for brunch after the event to celebrate.

In future years we hope to have even greater participation in running events since athleticism was such an important part of Stephanie’s life.

The participants gather to show off their new pink SJMF T-shirts

Come join SJMF at the DuPage County Human Race Run/Walk

April 9, 2012

April 21st at 9 am is the DuPage County Human Race, benefitting local charities. Select The Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund as the charity you wish tosupport and you will get an SJMF T-Shirt!

There is a 5k run or a 2-mile fitness walk.

For more information, please visit

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about SJMF and to connect with other supporters.

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