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Thanks for helping flood victims

To the Editor:

Your American Red Cross of DeKalb County would like to express our deepest appreciation to every individual and organization that so generously donated their time, money, food and supplies to their neighbors who were in need of assistance after flooding waters forced them out of their homes. Though a dreadful situation for many, we were thrilled and humbled by the outpouring of generosity from so many members of our community. We only had to mention the items we needed and caring people appeared at our shelters doors with supplies of all sorts.

As a result of prior planning, the Red Cross set up a shelter St. John’s Lutheran Church. More than 100 individuals found a place where they were welcomed, fed and housed. They found a place where they were fed throughout the day and a place to put their heads at night. They found a place where they were cared for by scores of volunteers. They found a home away from home. This community was an instrumental part of those efforts.

Thank you so much for saying “yes” when asked to donate. These are tough economic times, yet this community didn’t hesitate to provide food, drink, supplies and/or much needed services to our shelter residents. You chose altruism over selfishness and concern instead of indifference. We, at the American Red Cross, appreciate your gifts that helped us help others during their time of need. Please know your actions resulted in changing the lives of those in the shelter and those of our volunteers.

The Red Cross would also like to say a big “thank you” to the residents of our shelter for the remarkable positive attitudes they held during their hard times. The kind and pleasant spirit they brought to us as well as their willingness to help out wherever and whenever needed provided such a wonderful atmosphere for all involved.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you DeKalb County!

DeKalb County American Red Cross

KSO thanks supporters

To the Editor:

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra thanks the sponsors and attendees of its benefit concert, “KSO Goes to the Movies!” on March 8, which included live music and clips from movie favorites, and patrons dressed in costume, including KSO Music Director Linc Smelser, who had several costume changes during the course of the program.

The KSO especially appreciates the support of generous donors: Marilyn Montzka, Phil and JoAnn Smelser, Kishwaukee Symphony Associates, Victor and Marla Baressi, KishHealth System, Austin’s Violin Shop, Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists, Castle Bank, Gregory S. Sapp Violins Ltd., Resource Bank, and Roger and Vicki Faivre.

The silent auction featured a wide selection of themed baskets and certificates that patrons bid on before the concert and during the intermission. One of the highlights of the evening’s silent auction was the talent displayed in beautifully handpainted violins by local and regional artists: Dawn Cavanaugh, Tamara Farrell, Heather Havlicek, Cheryl Johnson, Anna Kennedy, Nancy Long, Olivia Monteiro, McKenzie Palm, Linc Smelser, Sarah Smelser, Margaret Walkington and Anna Zantout.

The KSO also thanks the committee members whose work made the event possible: Linc Smelser, chair, Deb Loitz, Kathy Brancato, Jenny Ruff, Amanda Nelson, Tamara Farrell, Kris Pasterak, Rachel Vidales and Jill Franke.

Through the support of sponsors, patrons who purchased silent auction items, painted violins, and tickets to the concert, the successful event raised more than $20,000. The success of this concert helps to ensure the community orchestra can continue to provide quality entertainment for our community, introducing classical music to new audiences. The KSO provides three free concerts each year, two at Halloween and a summer in the park concert. Only a small portion of the annual operating budget for the KSO comes from ticket sales and is supported, in part, by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the DeKalb County Community Foundation; by corporate sponsorship; by WNIU/WNIJ station sponsorship; and by private donations.

Ann Tucker, KSO board president, said, “The proceeds from the ‘KSO Goes to the Movies’ concert and silent auction go to our operating fund which keeps the music playing for the benefit of our community.” She continued, “We want to thank the patrons and donors whose contributions and donations really tell us that they feel the KSO is a significant part of their musical lives. Where would we be without them?”

For more information about the KSO, visit

Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Thanks for supporting Bowling for Dawn

To the Editor:

A great big thank you to our community and businesses who supported the Bowling for Dawn fundraiser through HelpHOPELive on April 6!

I don’t think HelpHOPELive thought it could be done in four weeks, but we wanted Dawn to enjoy a party in her honor before going to the hospital – and it happened with your help!

So many of you stepped right up – the planning team who went above and beyond their responsibilities, the extra volunteers who came the night of the event, the fellow patients who shared their time and resources, the folks who were praying for God to provide for Dawn’s needs, and the friends and families who came out to support Dawn.

Thank you to our generous businesses and individuals who donated items for raffle and silent auction: Blackhawk Moving and Storage, Kuipers Family Farm, Junction Restaurant, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Anytime Fitness, Steve Elsik’s Gourmet Fudge, Robyn White 31 Bags, Indian Oaks Country Club, Four Seasons Sports, Kishwaukee Family YMCA, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Cortland Barber/Beauty Shop, Carmike Cinemas, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Midas of Sycamore, Curves of Sycamore, Sam’s Restaurant, Shawn’s Gourmen Coffee, Napa Auto Parts, Dolce Vita, Wilson’s Window Cleaning, DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC, Inboden’s Meat Market, Hinckley Tax Service, Jen Scott/Hair Productions, Jewel Foods, The Confectionary, Eye Q Vision, Del’s Landscaping, Carly Jo Bows, Castle Bank, Christ Community Church, DeKalb Dairy Queen, Lee Automotive, Studio One Salon and Spa, Lost Mine Lounge, Total Image Salon, Sugar Grubbin, Menards, Volume One Salon, Ann Gilligan, Barb Bend, Karen Shrade, Ellen Kepecz, Becky Leaneau, Chris DeVlieger, Gina/Lia Sophia, Heather Kruis, Helen Alexander, Kathy Dienhart, Katie Odom/Shaklee Consultant, Kim Brown, Kim Leopardo, Melissa Coppert, Mike and Dawn Percudani, Nancy Halverson, Philip Miller and Tom Sparks.

We appreciate you!

Dawn’s Team

Comedy Night a success

To the Editor:

The DeKalb Education Foundation held its annual fundraising event, Comedy Night, at the Egyptian Theatre on April 5. The event was well-attended, and the foundation expresses appreciation and thanks to those from the community who supported the foundation through their attendance.   

The foundation also extends special thanks to the businesses and individuals who provided event sponsorship: Resource Bank, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Nehring Electrical Works, American Midwest Bank, Richard and Kathleen Katz, Anthony and Micki Chulick, Ronald Klein, Sharon Freagon, R. Ellen Engstrom, Tim Dunlop, Tim and Julie Suter, Northern Rehab, National Bank and Trust, DeKalb Sycamore Chevorlet Cadillac GMC, Castle Bank, Bethany Animal Hospital, Daily Chronicle, Elmer Larson Inc., Rodney and Joyce Angotti, Ron and Carol Naylor, Tom and Karen Matya, Standard Roofing Co., Gayle Thistlethwaite, Sharon Rhoades, McCabe Realtors, Pizza Villa, Richard and Sue Orem, American Title Guaranty Inc., Ron and Barb Pearson, George and Martha Shur, Norm and Carolyn Stahl, Bob and Shirley Kyler, Brown Law Group, Hauser Ross Eye Institute, Laurie Guest/Solutions are Brewing and First State Bank. Their monetary and in-kind gifts made the event possible and are greatly appreciated.

Approximately $15,000 raised through Comedy Night combined with the generous support received from the community throughout the year enables the foundation to provide additional funding for programs and equipment that enhances the educational experiences for children in DeKalb school district classrooms. On behalf of the foundation’s board of directors, thanks to all who support the DeKalb Education Foundation through their charitable giving.

Gary Gresholdt

DeKalb Education Foundation

Fun had by all at Malta Elementary

To the Editor:

Malta Elementary PTO would like to thank all of the families, teachers and staff who made this year’s annual fun fair such an overwhelming success! Not only was a great time had by all, but almost $4,800 was raised for future PTO sponsored events like field trips, classroom needs and assemblies.

We also would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the following people and businesses for their generous donations: Angie Nordbrock of Tastefully Simple, Arndt Automotive, Aurora Skate Center, Boatman Family, Dr. Abe Anderson of Malta Family Dental, Energym, Harding’s Family Martial Arts, Heidi Kinn of Hair Designs by Heidi, Hickey’s Marathon, Ideal Industries, Just Doing Wonderful BBQ, Karshone’s Hometown Kafe, Karen Berringer Photography, Karyn Peterson of Avon, Kelly Peterson of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Kim Morcos, Kishwaukee College, Lisa Boyle, Malta Veterinary Hospital, Marjo Winter, Mustang Bar & Grill, Northern Illinois University, Ostenburg family, Resource Bank, Rosati’s, SAMA Karate DeKalb, Spillane family, Stage Coach Players, Subway, Sweet Dream Desserts, Sylvan Learning Center and the Willrett family.

Thank you for your support!

Malta Elementary PTO

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