This fund provides income for the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program. Originally created in 1993, the fund was established as an endowment in 1998.
Edward Stredde was associated with Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies for thirty-seven years.
He retired from Lucent Technologies in 2004 where he served as vice-president of international technical support.
Mr. Stredde was a board member of the Family Support Center and the Girl Scouts – Fox Valley Council. He currently volunteers for Boy Scout Troop #3, sponsored by New England Congregational Church of Aurora.
Sharon Stredde was president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley for thirty years (1985-2015).
She is a former member of the Board of Education for School District 129 and has served on the boards of the Aurora University Citizens Advisory Council, New England Congregational Church of Aurora, Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation Advisory Board and YWCA Aurora.
Mrs. Stredde was named 2007 Professional Grant Maker of the Year by the West Suburban Philanthropic Network.
In 2010, she received the Lyle E. Oncken Community Services Award from the Mental Health & Mental Retardation Services, Inc. organization.
In 2015, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Aurora University.
Mr. and Mrs. Stredde are graduates of the University of Illinois and have one son Robert Stredde.
They are members of New England Congregational Church, and are life members of the Aurora Historical Society and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.