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The Rauners at an event last year, also attended the Ounce of Prevention luncheon. 0

Rauners show up at fundraisers for out-of-state nonprofits

September 18th, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana Rauner, showed up at two big fundraising events last week–a luncheon Wednesday for the U.S. Holocaust Museum and a dinner a few hours later to benefit Navy SEALs Foundation.

A combined $8.5 million was raised between the two events, which each drew notable names from the city’s business and civic scenes.

It’s not often the Rauners attend nonprofit fundraisers together. That’s in part because they’re both so busy. She travels to Washington, D.C., to champion the Ounce of Prevention organization that she runs. And he’s busy doing what governors do.

Like many power couples, they often tag-team important events. Diana, for example, went solo to the Writers Theatre gala in February and the governor was on his own when he spoke at the Safer Foundation gala in April.

So it seemed to be a scheduling miracle that both attended two fundraisers held Wednesday.

It’s convenient, too, that both organizations are based out of state–the Holocaust museum is in Washington, D.C., and the SEALs foundation is based in Virginia. The Rauners didn’t have to feel awkward standing in front of a crowd that might have been wishing for state funding to be restored. Neither of the groups showcased last week gets state support.

“The Rauner family has a long history of philanthropy to a wide variety of local and national organizations,” the governor’s office said in a statement when I inquired. “The governor and first lady feel strongly about giving back to the community in a variety of ways and look forward to continuing that tradition.”

Whether by coincidence or design, the Rauners couldn’t have selected two better nonprofit groups to support–one honors victims and survivors of the Holocaust and the other champions the work of American soldiers.

“It’s a win-win,” one civic leader said. “You can’t go wrong attending either event.”

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