The brightest hope for tomorrow is the education our children receive today.

The mission of the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation is to raise and distribute funds for opportunities that enrich the educational experience and enhance the development, creativity and innovative potential of our students and staff.

BCEF Board of Directors

Laura Calderon, President

Tom Skelly, Vice President
Michelle Steckel, Treasurer
Tricia Langheim, Secretary 



Kara Herrin

Patty Knepler

Melissa Knoedler

Tricia Langheim

Todd Musso

Adam Range

Christine Self

Lynnette Stuart 

Jamie Winchester 

* Supt. Dr. Douglas Wood -

Ex Officio 


Director: Becky Moore

               Iron Chef Gala 2020

The 3rd Annual Iron Chef Gala will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield.  Doors open at 5:30pm.  Join us for an evening of culinary talent, fine beverages, friendship and laughs.  There will be a live and silent auction with incredible items, of most interest are the live auction CHEF PACKAGES!  

Each of the 8 local chefs will offer a live auction item to share their amazing skills and food talent.

For more information contact: Becky Moore, Executive Director or 217-415-3778.


Bourbon Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Mr. Perry who won the commemorative bottle of bourbon from the 6 Millionth Barrel of Buffalo Trace's fine bourbon.  This raffle raised over $6,000 for BCEF to distribute for teacher grants this year! Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped sell tickets, generous participants who purchased tickets and to AJ's Corner for hosting the drawing site for us.  Special thanks to the generosity of Buffalo Trace for their benevolence across the United States to countless non-profits who also benefited from this gift! 

   Titan Trek 5k & Titan Trot success! 

The 12th Annual Titan Trek was held on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at GHS and was another great success!  Approx. 350 participants registered to run, walk, and enjoy a fun day with family and friends.  

Congratulations to Chatham Elementary for winning the Traveling Trophy, $1,000 prize from BCEF for leading with the MOST amount of participants in the event!  Go Titans!




       Are You a Thrivent Member?

Did you know?  If you are a Thrivent Financial Member, you may be entitled to coordinate TWO Action Team projects for events each year, for BCEF, which allow a $250 VISA card for each fundraiser or project!

BCEF is also a NEW MEMBER of the Thrivent Financial CHOICE DOLLARS PROGRAM.  Thrivent allow you to designate the dollars that would otherwise be paid in taxes to Uncle Sam, to a non-profit of your choice.  These are Thrivent dollars that YOU have a choice to direct.

To learn more on how to activate these opportunities, please contact Becky Moore, Exec. Dir. at 217-415-3778 or 



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201 W. Mulberry Street, Chatham, IL 62629