The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
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Sandra Swantek, M.D., President
Pierre R. LeBreton, Ph.D., Vice-President
Allen C. Wesolowski, Treasurer
Esther Nieves, Secretary
Jennifer Arwade
Edward Jacob
Rebekah Azar Rashidfarokhi

In Memoriam

The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation is saddened to announce the passing of Anthony (“Tony”) Dean. As one of the original Trustees of the Foundation, Tony was instrumental in helping to build the Foundation 36 years ago. Tony served in many capacities, as Board Treasurer and chaired several committees. Tony was committed to the Foundation’s mission from Day 1 and advocated on behalf of many causes. The Foundation will always be grateful to Tony for his contributions to the Foundation.


Serena L. Moy
Executive Director

Laura Romero
Grants Manager


The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation was founded in 1984 with the proceeds of the sale of Chicago’s Ridgeway Hospital, a nonprofit psychiatric facility focusing on low-income adolescents. One of its primary funding areas is the support of nonprofit agencies which provide medical and psychological services to economically disadvantaged children and adolescents. Since then, the Foundation has expanded its mission to support nonprofit agencies that provide vital comprehensive health care and housing (homeless) services to the economically disadvantaged of all ages. As of September 30, 2021, it has provided $40.3 million in grants and program-related investments to a variety of health care and housing (homeless) services agencies.