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Hugh Hefner to continue supporting the Star

Playboy editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner, a 1944 graduate of Steinmetz, has pledged another five years of donations to pay for professional printing of the Steinmetz Star.

Over the decades, Mr. Hefner has made many donations to Steinmetz. Mr. Hefner founded Playboy in 1953 and is still currently its editor-in-chief.

For the past five years, Mr. Hefner has been supporting the Star. The photo at right, of Mr. Hefner with Star reporters Regina Crawford, Rafael Totoloxin, Datrin Butler and Takara Johnson, was taken on October 29, 2010, the last time Mr. Hefner visited his alma mater.

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Hugh Hefner, his son Cooper Hefner, Playboy Playmate Anna Sofia Berglund and then-girlfriend, now wife, Crystal Harris Hefner, part of his 17-person party, enjoy a video produced by staff member Caludio Mendrano before he engaged in a Q and A with student reporters at Steinmetz on Oct. 29, 2016. Photo by Datrin Butler.

Mr. Hefner gave $22,080 to the Steinmetz Star in 2011, then sent the Star annual gifts in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 that totaled an additional $30,000. Mr. Hefner’s donations enabled Steinmetz to buy cameras and computers for the journalism class, and, most importantly to the whole school community, professional printing of the Star.

His pledge of five more years of printing will come with an additional $37,500.

Other news media have also reported the story, on the radio and television, and in print and online news services. See the following links:

http://www.splc.org/blog/splc/2016/02/hugh-hefner-pledges-thousands-to-save-a-high-school-newspapers-print-edition

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160224/belmont-cragin/hugh-hefner-saves-embattled-school-newspaper-of-his-high-school-alma-mater

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/playboy-founder-hugh-hefner-renews-grant-to-fund-steinmetz-newspaper/

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/99157927-story

http://www.poynter.org/2016/how-hugh-hefner-keeps-a-high-school-paper-going-strong/399130/

http://www.univision.com/noticias/periodismo/hugh-hefner-seguira-financiando-el-periodico-escolar-de-su-secundaria

The February 16, 2016,  letter from Amanda Warren, the executive director of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, stating Mr. Hefner’s intent to Principal Stephen Nog, is published below. Readers may select it to see a clear image.

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