calendar of events

4th annual run/walk/bike fundraiser set for sunday 12/14/14 at waterfall glen forest preserve.  click this link for run/walk/bike form


8th annual write-on event-october & november 2014

click this link to IPPL for all the info


hinsdale south high

school carl vuillaume thespian scholarship

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


2013 to 2014


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

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, Samatha Duffy-$500 & Patrice Batryn-$500. 









thank you to the hinsdale central and 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.



thank you to the hinsdale south high school cast, crew and musician pit from the 2014 spring musical "little shop of horrors" for their generous donation to the foundation.


the 3rd annual run/walk/bike fundraiser, sponsored by the run to eat club, raised $2,500. thank you to everyone who came out to support the foundation on a very cold sunday morning. a special thanks to john caponi for organizing this event.


the november write-on! teen literary festival at indian prairie public library was the 8th anniversary of this wonderful event. legend trilogy author marie lu presented competition winners with cash prizes. see our literacy page for the names of the winners.

the g of c has an ongoing financial grant program. for further information about this opportunity, contact us by e-mail at

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 of this site to learn about our charitable activities, fund-raising 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  •