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The Zachary Porter Foundation 

in loving memory

Who We Are

The Zachary Porter Foundation honors and celebrates the life of a wonderful young man who leaves a meaningful impact on the community he cherished.  Zach was acutely aware of how fortunate he was to grow up here in Lake Bluff, valuing the benefit of attending excellent educational institutions and always grateful for the opportunity to pursue any of his many interests.  Zach excelled on the baseball diamond as a player and later as a coach. He thrived on the lake, learning from and later managing the park district sailing camp on Lake Michigan each summer.  As a young adult he taught himself to play guitar and was beginning to learn piano. Zach wanted other children to experience those same opportunities.  The Zachary Porter Foundation will help subsidize enrichment activities, including music lessons, sports, park programs, and outdoor field trips, for kids who would not otherwise have the access to the same opportunities.  In the longer term, The Zachary Porter Foundation aims to  establish an outdoor space where animals of all kinds can take refuge and children can come to learn about the natural world that Zach so deeply valued.

The Focus of Our Efforts
stay tuned for more details...

Fist Bump


Fostering the next generation of environmental stewards and adventurers


Sponsoring children to attend camps, sports, and other enrichment programs


Helping humans live in harmony with the natural world and promote healthy ecosystems

In the News

Chicago Suntimes

A miracle game follows the tragic death of former Lake Forest pitcher Zach Porter

The beloved Scouts pitcher lost his life in an accident during a hike in Alaska.


By  Rick Morrissey


To donate, send a check payable to The Zachary Porter Foundation to:

The Zachary Porter Foundation 

456 Sunrise Ave

 Lake Bluff, IL 60044


This print by Zach's dear friend Ben Coulter is available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting the Foundation.

Link to purchase

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This image was created by Anna Seyfert, combining several different pictures of Zach.

If you are interested in purchasing a canvas print, email us at

Proceeds will benefit the Foundation.


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