Calendar of Events



Hinsdale South High

School Carl Vuillaume Thespian Scholarship.  Deadline extended until 05/01/2015

2015 scholarship application form


Musical instrument recycling program

ongoing drop off at:

PM Music Center of Aurora and

Darien Park District Community Center

Instrument inventory

Musical instrument donation form


Financial Grant Program

For information about our ongoing grant opportunities contact us at



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2012 to 2013


2011 to 2012


2010 to 2011

2009 to 2010

2008 to 2009

2008 grant recipients

2007 to 2008

2006 to 2007

2005 to 2006

"If the entire world would speak their mind, but still listen to what people say, then heaven on earth would be created.

Everyday i live life the way i want to live it, carpe diem."

— Carl Vuillaume


G of C news

A big "Thank You" to the Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central students who so graciously donated their time and talent for this years 3rd annual "ReGifting Benefit". The evening was fabulous and everyone enjoyed the event.  Almost $1,000 was raised by this group of students.


It has been a very busy week for The G of C. With the help of the Kohl's of Elmhurst "Kohl's Cares" program, 300 goody bags were made for the students and families who attended this years Arbor Day Celebration. 



We planted 8 memorial trees on 04/24/15 at Lindenwood Park in Darien.  It was a beautiful morning for the annual Celebration.  The students were educated about the importance of trees by The Morton Arboretum and also about fire safety by the Tri-State Firemen. 





The Gift of Carl hosted the 4th Run, Walk, Bike event at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve on December, 14. This was our biggest year yet, with over 50 friends! A big thank you to John Caponi for organizing and to Bill Walsh Automotive in Ottawa, IL for donating the cool winter hats and gloves to all participants.



The winners of the 2014 Carl Vuillaume Thespian Scholarship from Hinsdale South High School pictured here with Rob Vuillaume are:  Kristina Guchenia-$1,500, Jennifer Cintron-$1,000, Emily Barham-$500, Samantha Duffy-$500 & Patrice Batryn-$500. 



April 2014 brought the 9th year of our participation in Darien's Arbor Day celebration. We planted 5 memorial trees in Darien's Smart Oaks Park, released monarch butterflies with students, and donated a compost bin to Mark DeLay Elementary School's early childhood classrooms. Thanks to Kohl's of Elmhurst and Downer's Grove for helping making this day possible!



Thank you to the Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South students who hosted the 2nd annual Regifting benefit on 04/11/2014.  A wonderful evening was had by all and over $600 was raised for the foundation. Such talented students!



Tuba donation to Eisenhower Jr. High brings joy to all.

The life of Carl Vuillaume was truly a gift to all those who came in contact with him. To keep on giving in his memory, The Gift of Carl Foundation has been started. Throughout his life, Carl was encouraged to pursue many interests and he learned how to have fun in all sorts of diverse activities.

Playing was his favorite pastime, and he recognized that you play sports, play instruments, play outside, and act in plays. Carl touched many people in his short life through his spirit and smile, and taught us all to enjoy the here and now.

The Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement of educational opportunities in the areas that provided Carl the greatest joy:

Please visit the other pages on this site to learn about our charitable activities, fundraising events, and how to contribute to the cause. The Gift of Carl Foundation is a not for profit corporation, 501(c)(3), and all donations are tax deductible.

Our mission statement

In memory of Carl Alan Vuillaume, the mission of The Gift of Carl Foundation, as approved by its board of directors, is to provide awareness and educational opportunities in the fields of theater arts, literacy, music and environmental education. All programs of the corporation shall support that mission, and all who work for or on behalf of the corporation shall understand and be loyal to that mission and purpose.


The Gift of Carl Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1161
Westmont, Illinois 60559



The Gift of Carl Foundation, Inc.  •  Federal Tax ID Number: 20-3664699
P.O. Box 1161  •  Westmont, Illinois 60559  •