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The Primera Foundation Hosts 3rd Annual STEMFEST
The Primera Foundation Hosts 3rd Annual STEMFEST

On Sunday, October 1st, the Primera Foundation hosted its 3rd Annual fundraising event, STEMFEST, at Brookfield Zoo. Over 150 guests gathered in the Zoo’s private event space, The Pavilions, to enjoy a fun-filled day of games, raffles, crafts, and activities. It was a beautiful sunny day as families enjoyed a delicious picnic buffet before exploring the 235-acre grounds, featuring 3,481 animals belonging to 511 species!

The Primera Foundation, founded in 2019 as a non-profit organization, promotes STEM careers through scholarship, technology, education, and mentorship. The Foundation provides opportunities for all students to explore STEM-related concepts and careers in hopes of growing their passion for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Since its inception, the organization has raised over $170,000 to support and inspire the next generation of engineers and architects.

“I am amazed and humbled by the generous support of our sponsors and guests year after year,” explains Erin Inman, President & CEO of Primera Engineers, and President of the Foundation. “Since 2019, we’ve been able to positively impact several students through our partnerships with organizations like the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation and Chicago State University, thanks in large part to the success and support of this event,” she continues.

You can take a look at some of our favorite memories from the day by clicking here.


The Primera Foundation would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all who attended, volunteered, and donated to the event, including our sponsors below:

Contributing Sponsors:

  • Bill & Erin Inman
  • John & Janet Plezbert (In honor of Anthony A. Plezbert, PE)
  • Kiara

Giving Sponsors:

  • Cotter Consulting
  • Intren
  • Thermosystems

Activity Sponsors:

  • ENTRUST Solutions Group
  • Lockton Companies
  • MZI

Supporting Sponsors:

  • Aldridge Group
  • Alliant
  • Engineering Plus
  • Ewald Fleet Solutions
  • HNTB
  • JLL
  • Kirch Foundation
  • PMI Energy Solutions
  • Related Midwest
  • The Will Group

To keep up with the Primera Foundation’s news and upcoming events, be sure to visit www.primerafoundation.org and follow them on social media.

The Primera Foundation Hosts 3rd Annual STEMFEST

This weekend, the Primera Foundation hosted its 3rd annual STEMFEST fundraiser at Brookfield Zoo. Guests enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day filled with fun activities, raffles, crafts and of course, animals! The Foundation supports students through scholarship, technology, education, and mentorship as they explore STEM-related careers.