Virimasks help in the fight against COVID-19 at US Veteran’s Facilities

Keeping health professionals safe as they treat those worst affected by coronavirus is essential in our fight against the pandemic. That’s where the Virimask comes in. This innovative, new all-in-one face mask and eye protector overcomes many of the current problems with standard N95 and FFP3 face masks, offering a more comfortable fit, better ventilation, higher filtration and easy disinfection and reuse. It’s why the Chicago-based philanthropic organisation, the TAWANI Foundation, has donated over 5000 of Virimasks for use by healthcare professional across Veteran’s Facilities.

Learn more about the TAWANI Foundation’s donations towards COVID-19 Relief Support in the press release below:

TAWANI Foundation Donations Reach $1.8 Million for COVID-19 Relief Support

CHICAGO, IL (August 18, 2020) – In response to the current health crisis, the TAWANI Foundation, TAWANI Enterprises’ philanthropic organization, has donated $1.8 million so far to various organizations to help support COVID-19 relief efforts in Illinois. The donations address the urgent needs of Illinois organizations and partners for immediate and significant philanthropic contributions to help alleviate costs and sustain local and state organizations heavily impacted by the global pandemic.

“The TAWANI Foundation’s mission has always been to create a broader world of good,” says Susan Rifkin, Chief Operating Officer of Philanthropic Activities at TAWANI Enterprises. “During these uncertain times, we believe it is our responsibility to help protect those most impacted by the consequences of this virus and to continue making a difference in our communities.”

Some organizations the TAWANI Foundation has made donations to include: Greater Chicago Food Depository, Howard Brown Health Center, One Fair Wage Emergency Fund, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, NAMI Chicago, Bunker Labs, and the Children First Fund. These donations reflect the foundation’s efforts in giving to a diverse group of organizations tackling various overlapping issues such as mental health, food shortage, homelessness, and childcare.

Additionally, the TAWANI Foundation donated 5,600 ViriMASK’s to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs that will be distributed throughout different veterans’ facilities for use by healthcare professionals.

The Chicago based TAWANI Foundation was founded from a philanthropic and entrepreneurial spark by Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired). As the world is faced with the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Col. Jennifer Pritzker stands with the global community, and in support of her cousin and Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker’s efforts to help limit the spread of the virus and ease the related economic hardships Illinois communities continue to face.

“This global pandemic has demonstrated the need for collaboration and leadership across all sectors and goes above and beyond partisan politics,” states Col. Jennifer Pritzker. “We need to rely on one another and come together as a community to move forward in solving the problem for Illinois and the world. I’m proud of the TAWANI Foundation team working hard to make a positive difference in the many communities in which we live and work.”

To learn more about the TAWANI Foundation’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit

About TAWANI Foundation
Founded in 2002 by notable philanthropist and entrepreneur Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), TAWANI Enterprises’ philanthropic organization, the TAWANI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that provides support in the areas of arts and culture, historical preservation, health and wellness, LGBT and human rights, education and environmental initiatives. TAWANI Foundation’s vision is to make a sustained and measurable difference for organizations that focus on enriching knowledge, improving health and wellness, and promoting scientific understanding – all with a common goal of making a positive, long-term impact on individuals, communities and the culture itself. To learn more, visit