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Published: Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Gobbler Gallop a huge success

To the Editor:

The Waterman Lions Club sixth annual Gobbler Gallop was a huge success. More than 370 people participated in the Nov. 17 event, and because of the generous support of our sponsors, all the participant fees went directly to help fund Waterman Lions projects and programs.

The club would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support.

Sponsors at the Director’s Level include: KishHealth System, Pub West (Trent Taylor), Monsanto, and Ken Spears Construction (Ken and Kathy Spears).

Sponsors at the President’s Level include: Midwest Orthopaedic Institute (Drs. Steve and Michele Glasgow), DeLong and Co., Corner Towing (Rusty Baie), Edward Jones (Matt Myre and Mark Hilde), Gaston Heating and Air Conditioning (Nick Gaston), Banner-Up Signs (Ed and Jon Kuhn), Panera Bread Co., Caribou Coffee (Jackie Butz), Hinckley Fresh Market (Tim Hannon), Ho-Ka Turkey Farms (Bob and Sue Kauffman), and Dick Pond Athletics (Glen Kamps).

Sponsors at the Supporter’s Level include: ASAP Welding (Frank Atkinson), Critter Sitters (Suzanne Sedlacek), Beth Einsele Real Estate (Beth Einsele), Olson and Associates Physical Therapists (Maria Olson), DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC, Brian Bemis Auto Group (Amy Bemis), Spex Expressions (Dr. Jeffrey Frank), DeKalb Optometric Associates (Dr. Steven Storey), Waterman State Bank, First State Bank and Casey’s Corp.

In-kind donations were provided by Cedar Street Salon (Cindy Perez), The Sycamore Café (Papasevastos family), Naperville Running Co. (Kris Hartner), Scentsy (Joni Osterhout), Longaberger (Tammy Johnson), Longaberger (Audra Boehne), Lincoln Inn (Bill and Joy McMahon), Martenson Turf Products Inc (Jeff Martenson), Kishwaukee College Marketing Department (Kayte Hamel), Kishwaukee College Men’s Baseball Team (Josh Pethoud), Kishwaukee College Horticulture Club (Janet Gallagher), Honey Hill Orchard (Steve and Kathy Bock), Waterman Winery (Terrie and Alexa Tuntland), 1803 Inc. (Darrell Beach), Pacers Running Co. (Farley family), Gobbler Gallop Website Designer (Marc Davis), Schnucks Market, Hy-Vee, West Physical Therapy and First Place Chiropractic (Dr. Clint Grover).

Special thanks to the village of Waterman, the Waterman Police Department, the Waterman Public Works Department, the Waterman Fire Department EMTs, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, Indian Creek School District, and the Indian Creek High School Band (director John Feken).

Most of all, the club truly appreciates the support of all those who participated in the event and the efforts of the surrounding community.

Karen Fenske

Race director

Mark Fenske (chairman), Bob Bend, Shawn Blobaum, Norm Gaston, Pam Gaston, Harold Giddings, Alan Rickert and Jeff Weber

Gobbler Gallop Committee members

Food, wine tasting benefits education

To the Editor:

The DeKalb Education Foundation would like to thank all of the community members who recently attended the “Holiday Food and Wine Tasting” at the DeKalb Schnucks store. The Schnucks chefs provided many savory tastings of foods perfect for anyone’s holiday entertaining. The Schnucks beverage vendors provided a wonderful variety of wine, beer, and specialty drinks to compliment the food. Holiday decorations at the store, music provided by Josanne Francis, Jaina Krueger and Aaron Lenz, along with the great community support, created a festive holiday atmosphere.

We would like to extend a special thank-you to Schnucks for helping another nonprofit organization benefit from one of their sponsored store events. The DeKalb Education Foundation would also like to thank the Sylvan Learning Center, Bethany Animal Hospital, and the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center for their support.

And lastly, we thank the community for donating to the DeKalb Education Foundation. Proceeds from this event will go toward awarding grant applications from DeKalb Community District 428 teachers and staff for supplemental and enrichment activities, as well as items for children in their classrooms. Please look for us at our next event, Comedy Night, April 5 at the Egyptian Theatre.

The DeKalb Education Foundation Board

Country Christmas event a success

To the Editor:

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you from everyone at Fox Valley Older Adult Services to the many people who came out for our Country Christmas 40th Anniversary Celebration on Dec. 14. What a fun evening!

The Christmas spirit was alive and well as shown by the generosity of the many donors who made the evening such a great success. Our special Christmas tree was filled with angels donated in memory of loved ones. Auctioneer Jim Elliott donated his services to auction off money trees donated by NB&T, Centrue, Heartland and Castle Banks and a special lotto tree donated by The Country Market.

The band Headin’ West kept the dance floor filled all evening with people enjoying dancing to everything from Christmas to country western to rock tunes - they were fantastic!

And last but not least, thanks go to our staff, board members and the many volunteers who all worked hard to make this celebration such a success.

We wish a very Merry Christmas to all and extend our heartfelt thanks for the tremendous support from organizations and individuals throughout the community. Your generosity enables us to continue providing programs and services for seniors in DeKalb, LaSalle, Kendall and Kane counties to enable them to continue living independently.

Cynthia Worsley   

Fox Valley Older Adult Services,

Executive director

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