50 Men Who Cook was a fabulous evening
To the Editor:
Thank you DeKalb County! You made the 8th annual 50 Men Who Cook a tremendous success. It was truly a fabulous evening filled with food, spirits, song and laughter, not to mention absolutely perfect weather!
We appreciate the support we received from organizations, businesses, fellow community members and more. We want to thank our wonderful sponsors: KishHealth Systems, Crum-Halsted Agency Inc., NB&T, Resource Bank, Zea Mays Holdings LLC, Midwest Trading, Midwest Groundcovers LLC, Laing Management, American Midwest Bank, Mason Properties, Castle Bank, Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, Curran Contracting, The Suter Co., and Dr. Victor Barresi, DDS, Blumen Gardens and Lehan Drugs.
A big thank-you to all our in-kind sponsors, donors and other volunteers: Paulsen’s Appliance, Taxco Restaurant Too, Sorrento’s, Cabana Charley’s, Pizza Villa, Pizza Pros, Eggsclusive, Egg Haven, Ted Rosenow/Crum-Halsted, Northern Illinois University, Glidden Campus Florist, Yvonne Johnson, Nat’s on Maple, PJ’s, Rosita’s, Sycamore Speedway, Studio One, Stampin’ Up, Brookfield Zoo, Kishwaukee Family YMCA, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Robin White - 31 Independent Director, B95, Banner Up, Barsema Alumni & Visitor Center, DeKalb Florist and Greenhouse, Kyler Photography, Jesus Romero, K&S Marketing, Kar-Fre Flowers, KishHealth System, Lincoln Inn, Le Print Express, Premier Meals Catering, Daily Chronicle/Shaw Media, Roger Davidson Web Design, Sycamore Containers, Sycamore Key Club, Sycamore School District and WLBK.
Last, and certainly not least, a huge thanks to all of our chefs: Wes Renehan, Dan Kenney, John Jencks, Brent Olson, Rod Schairer, Jerry Foster, Ryan Janisch, Steven A. Johnson, Walter Meyers, Charlie Irick, Dale Luker, Chris Bonine, Craig Brannstrom, Dale Clark, Corey Brown, Matt Moran, Brad Becker, Kris Povlsen, Mike Snodgrass, Brian Reis, Brian Cada, Brent McConnaghay, Daniel Gibble, Ed Kuhn, Mike Allen, Justin Coop, Vince McCabe, Steve Flaherty, Dennis Keating, Tim Struthers, John Norieko, Troy Miller, Bob Pritchard, Nick Gaeke, Dennis Geiseman, Josh Ickes, Jim Dombek, Ryan Dykema, Matthew Taylor, Joshua Haight, Brian Gregory, Mark Wrzeciona, Shane Madeley, Steve Elsik, Mike Verbic, Riley Oncken, Steve Braser, Ryan Kralka, Rob Galick, Mike Laskonis, Dan Templin, Tom Skora, Jim Wendt, Juan Reyes, Dan Wunsch, Rudy Galindo, Eric Griffiths, Gabe Ramirez and Jeff Lawson.
This event is not possible without each and every one of you! We thank everyone who supported Family Service Agency and CASA DeKalb County for a fantastic night and we can’t wait to see you all again next year on Aug. 17, 2013!
50 Men Who Cook Committee
Volunteers make Corn Fest happen
To the Editor:
The DeKalb Corn Fest Board and committee would like to thank all the volunteers, fire and police departments and employees/tenants of the airport for their support of the 2012 fest. Volunteers withstood both high temperatures and cold rain throughout the weekend without a complaint. We even had extra volunteers show up to help out in case others didn’t due to the rain. The police and fire department helped throughout the fest, going above and beyond to help coordinate vendors and get them out in an organized manner as the rain continued to fall on Sunday. The airport board and Tom Cleveland were on hand to address any airport concerns and did everything from helping answer questions of attendees to golf carting around anyone in need of a ride.
I personally would like to thank our board, which consists of 10 of the most dedicated, hard-working volunteers I have ever met. They give up an enormous amount of their time throughout the year to make this festival happen. These people are on their feet from the Thursday before the fest until the Monday after, making sure the airport is clean and just as we found it. They get very little sleep over the weekend and deal with everything from unpredictable weather to garbage duty. Yet they never complained and just kept working. They do this for no other reason than to ensure a great community festival for all to enjoy. I want them to know this festival would not be possible without each and every one of them.
Finally, I would like to thank our community who has supported us for the past 35 years. Seeing the look on children’s faces while on the rides, people enjoying the food and dancing to the music, make this endeavor worth it all. We look forward to seeing you at Corn Fest 2013.
DeKalb Corn Fest chairwoman
Tanzania Development Support offers thanks
To the Editor:
Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to making the recent Tanzania Development Support fundraiser garage sale a tremendous success and a fun event. We are grateful to the many people who donated items to sell, the volunteers who worked tirelessly to set up at the beginning and pack up at the end, the individuals and organizations that provided tables and other supplies, and especially the customers who supported our mission by purchasing merchandise.
All funds raised support the work of TDS as it seeks to expand educational opportunities in and around Nyegina, Tanzania. The current project soon to be under way is a library and community resource center which will serve 2,000 boys and girls at an elementary school and a high school, plus the local village of more than 6,000 people. It will be built in three phases, each phase costing an estimated $150,000, and will be a collaborative effort by Tanzania Development Support, Architecture for Humanity Chicago and grassroots NGOs in Tanzania. More information is available at our website, www.tdsnfp.org.
“Kidogo, Kidogo“ or little by little, the efforts of people coming together are changing lives.
Great turnout for Kirkland golf outing
To the Editor:
The Kirkland Historical Society/Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing held at Timber Pointe Golf Course on Aug. 18 was a tremendous success. We had a great turnout and beautiful weather.
We wish to express our appreciation to the following businesses, groups and individuals for all their help:
Hole Sponsors: Alpine Bank, Anderberg’s Dial Machine Inc., Aves Family Farms, Barbara J. Runne, DDS, Blake Oil Co., Curt Maveus & Alan Browne Chevrolet, Gene Lamont Family, Hiawatha Education Foundation, Kirkland Mini-Storage, Ed and Helen Davis, Kirkland Quick Stop, Kirkland Medical Clinic, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Maplehurst Farms Inc., National Bank & Trust Co., Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Shape-Master Tool Co.; and our Foursome Sponsors: Alpine Bank and Kirkland Fire & Rescue Association.
Table Sponsors: Bruch Financial Advisors, Sally Bruch, CFP, Central Grain Co., G.I.C. Ltd., Hintzsche Fertilizer, L. David and June Yates, Citizens to Elect Richard Schmack, DeKalb County State’s Attorney, Dean R. Miller, Country Financial, Hiawatha Class of 1962, Hiawatha Education Foundation, Ken’s Kustom Clean Up, Kirkland United Methodist Church, Conserv FS, Charlotte Emling, R. J. Daniels Fuel & Tire, Ronald G. Klein, Attorney at Law, State Rep. Bob Pritchard, Judi and Bill Gontko, Kelly Aves, Yakey Farms, Timber Pointe Golf Course – Randy Schairer, Cattywampus, Kirkland Family Restaurant, Stephanie Wascher, Amy Polzin and Bill Koehring, Hy-Vee, Culver’s, Becky and Helen Lamont, Charlie and Joanne Fruit, Jim and Peggy Stuntz, Pat Emling, Kirkland Five Star Dollar Store, Ace Hardware, Ralph’s Car Wash, Donna Peterson, Basketcases Unlimited, Rosati’s Pizza, Everything Floral, Allan and Ruth Aves, Cabana Charley’s, Charlene and Ray Roach, Fruit Families, John and Sandy Lyon, Donna and Ty Turner, Margaret Travis, Roger and JoAnn Watson, The Corner Cobbler, North Pines Climate Control, Walmart, Marvin and Wanda Bernhardy, Sue Keating, Joanne Sanderson, Cheryl and Rod Turner, MacQueen Forest Preserve, Scott Drexler Family, Northern Illinois University, Sue Sester, Pat Brennan, Jean Klock, For Men Only – Pat Prindiville, Mary and Robert Pritchard, Reflections Hair Salon – Lindsey Greenlee, Christine Johnson, Dean Miller, Country Financial, Jamie Ullmark, American Family Insurance, Splendora Salon – Jen Marshall and LeAnne Wendor, and Edward Jones of Genoa.
Thank you one and all, we couldn’t have done it without you!
Kirkland Historical Society
Kirkland Chamber of Commerce
Elburn Days a big success
To the Editor:
The Elburn Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Elburn Lions Club for hosting, yet another, great Elburn Days event. The weather held out in our favor, for the three-day event, so the Flea Market and Sidewalk Sale venders were able to set up on time. We are very thankful for the great turn out of downtown vendors, as well as the crafters located at the park. We had a number of booths, which filled our capacity, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful weekend.
On Sunday, we had our annual Elburn Herald and Elburn Chamber Mud Volleyball tournament. We reached our max of 48 teams – over 360 players, wow! The winning team this year was the “Dirty Ball Slappers” and we congratulate them on their win, and invite them back next year to defend their title.
The Elburn Chamber had a fantastic turnout at each event and would like to thank everyone who participated; all of our venders, our volleyball players and our volunteers. Without the support of our members and the community, none of this would have been possible. We as a chamber are very grateful for each and every person who participated in every way and we thank the Elburn Lions Park for putting on such a wonderful yearly event that gives us these great opportunities. See you all next year.
Elburn Chamber of Commerce administrator