Marco Foster: United for a Cause

A self-confessed computer geek, Marco Foster loves his day job working with computers and high technology, while he moonlights as a fashion model with Lily’s Talent in Chicago. Not a surprise, Mr. Foster looks like a Hollywood star…and dresses like one. “When you’re tall and thin like me, most clothes just don’t fit off of the rack,” he shares. “Hugo Boss Red is probably the easiest store brand for me to fit into, while most of my wardrobe is custom made from shops like Sebastian Grey Clothiers and Tom James Custom Suits.”

A true Chicagoan, Mr. Foster is an avid Bulls fan. But what lies closest to his heart are the organizations that he raises funds and awareness for annually, especially One Hope United and the Brain Injury Association of Illinois. Mr. Foster was adopted as a young child, and also survived a brain tumor.

Mr. Foster explains the mission of One Hope United: “The organization provides services to vulnerable children, youth and families. They offer recruiting and training for foster parents, connecting kids to loving families and providing daily support and counseling. One Hope United is an outstanding service provider in the field of foster care. Also, One Hope United has helped place thousands of children in safe and permanent homes. Their adoption work focuses on children of all ages in the public child welfare system who are awaiting loving homes.”

In July, Mr. Foster hosts the annual White Party, in support of One Hope United. Yes, guests are required to dress in white. For information on the event, visit

Positive thinking, basketball and cycling are what keeps Mr. Foster in top physical and mental shape. Mr. Foster’s motto is, “If you want to do something, make it happen. No excuses. My mother taught me how to be a kind person, to always be positive and know that the universe will unfold as it should. There will always be bumps, and how you handle those bumps will ultimately define the person that you are going to be.”

On what makes Mr. Foster happy, he explains, “The ability to help people everyday and put a smile on someones face is not something that everyone gets an opportunity to do.” A true Chicago gem.


About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.