The Bonfield Express Foundation is a fast-growing local charity working to build character and community commitment in high school students.  The foundation does this by hosting programs and providing scholarship assistance to high school seniors, building future community leaders.  

Through the generous support of this important mission by sponsors and local families, the foundation’s funding has distributed more than $250,000 in scholarships and begun hosting programs to develop community commitment in which students volunteer to help the foundation.

The Spirit Lives On…
In October of 2003, we lost Jim Bonfield to complications of Hodgkin’s Disease, Leukemia, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  His accomplishments in life were many, as a father, teacher, coach and dean of students for more than three decades at Downers Grove South High School.  He was an example to the children he encountered on the playing field and in his office, always encouraging with positive motivation.  But his influence as a person went far beyond his professional career. 

His students became his friends for life and his lifetime friends became his fans.  He is remembered for his smile and optimistic nature, for his love of family, for his appreciation of our community and for his devotion to wringing every moment of value from life.  Jim danced until his feet could no longer hold him up.

Mission Statement
To recognize personal perseverance and community commitment to lifelong goals through educational opportunity.

Board Members & Foundation Scholarship Committee

Annette Bonfield - President

33 Years - Retired Downers Grove Teacher

Jim Bonfield - Vice President

Downers Grove North High School Graduate

Pat O'Flaherty and Jillian Blondell - Secretary

Local Residents

Dan Cozzo - Treasurer

30+ Years - Downers Grove Resident & Retired Teacher

Will Kupisch - 5K Race Director

30+ Years - Downers Grove Resident & Retired High School Counselor

Susan Toler - Registration Director

10 Years – Bonfield Express Foundation Committee Member


P.O. Box 773

Downers Grove, IL 60515