Our History 

The Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik Memorial Fund is dedicated to making it possible for young people to accomplish their dreams. Jill was an individual who lived her life upholding the fundamental belief that every individual deserves the opportunity to chase a dream. Jill was a woman who spent her entire life – always dreaming big. As she achieved her dreams, she dedicated her life to motivate and enable those around her to achieve their dreams. With this Fund, we are striving to continue her legacy.

Every child should be given the opportunity to follow his or her dreams. Sometimes that right is hindered by the harsh realities of life, such as financial burdens and lack of guidance or opportunities. By removing these obstacles and providing them with the means to chase and realize their dreams, the Fund aims to elevate youth to becoming contributing members of their community.

Through fundraising initiatives, corporate support and public donations, the Fund will provide financial assistance to young people in areas critical to success including: health, education, life skills and empowerment. Jill believed in living life with passion. Her personal passion was basketball. As such, this Fund also strives to use sports, education and/or the arts as a way to ignite the spark for young people to pursue their dreams.

Jill’s dreams took her across and throughout our great country. She was able to attend college out of state, and later resided in various regions throughout the US, to accomplish her career and life goals. In honor of her legacy, the Fund believes in the importance of inclusion for all young people, regardless of their locale within America.