Ilan Diego Hurtado, aged only 9, was killed when a semi truck plowed into the back of his car, August 2014, a month short of his tenth birthday, which he was already excited about.
During his too-short time on this earth, Ilan joyfully embraced all opportunities that were presented to him. Playing the cello, skateboarding, reading, writing, crafts, sports, nature, he had a love of life that his mother would now like to pass on to those who are not as blessed as he was during the time he was with us.
This is how 5 Purple Oranges was born. While the tragedy of Ilan’s death is something that will always be painful for his family and the friends who cherished him, we recognize that he was graced with so many opportunities, opportunities that so many other children don’t have. 5 Purple Oranges hopes in some small measure to bring the joy Ilan found in life to other children, allowing them to explore and to blossom into the persons they were meant to be.
The Montessori School of Lake Forest
The Montessori School of Lake Forest started the Ilan Hurtado Memorial Fund shortly after his memorial there on what would have been his 10th birthday, September 21, 2014.
Ilan loved art and visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, so the decision was made by the family that the monies should be used to fund an annual trip to the Art Institute of Chicago for the Upper Elementary students.
Music Institute of Chicago
The Ilan Hurtado Scholarship is awarded, “In support of tuition or other related expenses for a young cellist in the MIC Suzuki Program.” The scholarship seeks students who not only show a financial need, but show a prolonged interest in studying the cello.
Arthur Riddle, the 3rd recipient of the scholarship is an 8 year-old (3rd grade) cellist from Highwood. He began study in 2013 and currently studies with Julia Wen. Arthur has attended the Chicago Suzuki Institute for the past three years. In addition to his cello studies, he is an avid composer and generally very self-directed in his musical pursuits. His brother Ethan is also a Suzuki piano student at MIC.
Ilan Hurtado Memorial Scholarship – collected approximately $15,000 since his death.
"I remember asking Ilan what he felt was his special place, and he said home with me, snuggling. What a lovely and loving child."
Judy haddad | Founder + Ilan's Mother
5 Purple Oranges promotes the holistic development of children through creative reading, music, nature exploration, and fine arts educational programs, together with innovative activities in emerging sports such as skateboarding, to foster children's ongoing involvement in physical fitness.
We provide instructional resources, scholarships, programs, and the funding of educational experiences and activities.