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Founded in 1989, the Harold and Rosemarie Marx Memorial Fund was established to provide cultural, social, recreational and educational activities to the children of Cook County Juvenile Court. These activities represent life experiences, which broaden the children’s perspective on themselves and the world around them.
Today, the Marx Fund serves over 3,000 court children every year. It is far and away the Juvenile Court’s most widely used resource and most versatile tool for maximizing probation’s benefit for every child.
Harold Marx was one of the Juvenile Court’s best probation officers. He made a daily commitment to do the extra things necessary to touch and change his clients’ lives. Harold routinely met the children he supervised for lunch or snacks after school. He took them to movies, plays and concerts, introduced them to Chicago’s museums, and spent hours with them at area parks and forest preserves. Harold and his wife, Rosemarie Grout Marx, took particular pleasure in introducing court clients to music and the arts. Like generations of devoted Probation Officers before him, Harold did all of these things on his own time and with his own money.
Harold and Rosemarie’s lives were cut short on July 14, 1989, when they were killed in a tragic automobile accident. To commemorate their lives and the ideals they personified, the Harold and Rosemarie Marx Memorial Fund was established in November, 1989. The purpose of the fund was to provide the means for all Probation Officers to offer the kinds of activities and experiences that would not only improve their clients’ outlook while on probation, but also enrich their lives after probation.
As 2014 draws to a close, we at the Marx Fund are thankful for all the fantastic support we have received. Thanks to all of our generous donors and dedicated staff!
The Marx Fund is saddened and shocked to report that our friend and co-founder, Brooke Whitted, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 27.
Brooke’s compassion and positive energy was felt by all who knew him: From his clients when he was a juvenile probation officer, to his clients as a lawyer, to the colleagues and board members at the charities and schools he helped to develop.
A memorial reception celebrating Brooke’s life will be held at the Westmoreland Country Club on Saturday, August 16 from 2PM until 5Pm.
Westmoreland Country Club
2601 Old Glenview Road
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
Our thoughts and prayers are with Brooke, his friends and his family.
by L Margolies
In addition, the Marx Fund was able to assist our North Lawndale Unit when we held a special event during spring break 2013 for our clients. We had a viewing of the movie, The Interrupters. The Marx Fund provided lunch for our clients after the movie while we had a group discussion of what they just watched. The clients appeared to really enjoy themselves!
While the Marx Fund will always use the old-fashioned ways of managing and publicizing its work, we have created this website to let everyone know about the work we do for the young people of the Juvenile Court. We have expanded our fundraising effort by incorporating Kindful–a service that helps us manage our operations. And we’re going beyond Facebook: We are now on Twitter and LinkedIn.
This is a lot of change for the Marx Fund and we are doing this because one thing has not changed; we are still dedicated juvenile justice professionals who firmly believe in exposing youth to social, cultural educational and recreational activities that they otherwise may have not had the opportunity to experience. No matter how much the world changes in the next twenty five years, we’ll still stick to our mission.
–Amanda Halawa Mahdi, President of the Marx Fund