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Thanks for supporting Abby Rose Shirmer benefit

To the Editor:

The family of Abby Rose Schirmer wishes to thank everyone who supported the Abby Rose Scholarship Benefit that was held July 20. More than 50 motorcycles from the Glen Ellyn area and more than 100 friends and family members participated in the benefit that included food and raffles at both Cabana Charley’s in Sycamore and at Uncle Paulie’s.

We wish to give special recognition to the Daily Chronicle and B95 for helping us with the advertising and Cabana Charley’s and Uncle Paulies for hosting the event. Everyone was extremely generous!

The following were many of the people who donated prizes for the raffles: Studio One, Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor, Merry Maids, PJ’s Courthouse Tavern, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Eggsclusive Café, Casey’s General Store, Dolce Vita, Giordano’s, Hughes Creek Golf Club, Meagen Lee Floral, Angie Carter, Barnes & Noble, Hy-Vee, Sweet Earth, Sycamore Speedway, Shawn’s Coffee Shop, Taxco Restaurant, Sycamore Park District, Katerpillar Kids Yoga, Sue Erickson Equestrian, Myra, Joe and Cyric Walls, Jake Warford, Don Lieving, Bonnie Nowinski, Kim and Nick Theodore, Sara Warford, Fox Valley Medicine Ltd., Kim Neverouski, Teresa Djukic, Renee Sifuentes, Cindy Babineau, Dr. Schwartz, Rosa Duffy, Caitlin and family, and the Merry Maids staff.

We also wish to extend our gratitude to the many people and businesses that made silent contributions and donations and volunteered their time to help us make this emotional event successful. To all family members and dearest friends, thank you for all your continued support. We can’t do this without you.

Donations received were in excess of $12,000. We are overwhelmed with the generosity of others.

These contributions will be added to the scholarship fund that was formed in memory of our very beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter and dearest friend of many, Abby Rose Schirmer, who passed away April 10, 2005. Abby was known for her fun-loving and shared kindness personality. The Schirmer family will be awarding scholarships at the 2013 Sycamore High School Awards Night next spring.

Thank you from our hearts to everyone who made this year’s benefit a success.

Paul, Joyce, Matt, Jackie and Bob

The family of Abby Rose Schirmer

DeKalb Kite Festival filled with families smiling up at the skies

To the Editor:

Our sincere thanks to everyone who made the 2013 DeKalb Kite Festival soar with kites and smiles. The winds were perfect and the sun shined brightly on all the smiling faces. The festival of kites filled the sky with beautiful colors and shapes that kept spirits soaring high through the day.

DeKalb County residents and visitors were able to enjoy such a wonderful day of fun festivities thanks to the generosity of sponsors: A-TEC Ambulance, Best Western Inn & Suites of DeKalb, Bill White’s C.A.R. Hospital, Chicago Kite/Kite Harbor (and all our professional kite teams), Country Inn & Suites, DeKalb Park District, DeKalb Chamber, DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau, DeKalb Sign Shop, Foster & Buick Law Group, Hickey’s Corner Stores, Holiday Inn Express, Holmes Student Center Hotel, Jane Fargo Hotel, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, Mike’s Auto & Repair, Morning Star Media Group Ltd., The National Bank & Trust Co., Nestle, NIU Athletics, ProSound Productions by Shawn Lowe, Shaw Media, Siepert & Co. LLP, Quality Inn and WLBK 98.9FM & 1360AM.

Thanks too to all those who took the time to share their thanks for having an event like Kite Fest in DeKalb County and for making our eighth year memorable and fun!

Thank you to the participants from Art Attack, DeKalb County American Red Cross, Egyptian Theatre, NIU STEM Outreach and those who offered a variety of fun activities which added to the enjoyment of the event.

Events such as Kite Fest rely on volunteers that give generously of their time to set up the field, put up tents, build kites with kids, facilitate parking, run water to volunteers, ensure safety of the crowd and clean up during and after the event to ensure everything runs smoothly and is enjoyable for all. A very special thanks to many community members and to NIU Student Leadership & Involvement Development, NIU athletes, NIU service clubs, NIU honors students, and nonprofits for their dedication and support of Kite Fest. We couldn’t do it without you.

If you have photos, video, or stories you’d like to share or if you’d like to help with next year’s festival to be held on Sept. 14, contact us at or We also invite you to like Kite Fest on Facebook.

Doug Nelson

Chairman of the 2013 Kite Festival

Debbie Armstrong


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