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Halloween Costume Club thank-you

To the Editor:

My daughter, Susana Martin, created a Halloween costume charity this year and now that Halloween is over I need to say “Thank you” to so many wonderful people who helped make her Halloween Costume Club a huge success.

First and foremost, this charity could not have been a success without the very generous donations of Sycamore and DeKalb residents. Thanks to you, we were able to collect and give away more than 300 costumes to families in need.

Thank you to all of the following businesses and friends: Blackhawk Moving and Storage for donating the collection bins. I came into your business to purchase big boxes but you were so generous and donated them to her instead. Erica Snodgrass for taking Susana’s drawing and creating amazing flyers from that idea and helping us collect costumes at Sycamore United Methodist Church. Mr. Ryan Janisch and all of the North Grove students and staff for always supporting Susana and donating more than 120 costumes in just a few days. Kari Sulaver and Northern Illinois Dance Center for your encouragement and positive feedback. Kari, Emalyn and Ava Polz for helping us sort and hang costumes. Sara Tobias and the Sycamore Public Library for allowing Susana to place a bin in your entryway. Your patrons brought in some really awesome costumes! Derek Gibbs and everyone at Feed’em Soup who jumped on the bandwagon so quickly. You all were great with allowing Susana to set up tables for distribution for several weeks and having others help out when needed.

And lastly, Kishwaukee Family YMCA – especially Katrina Luetkebuenger, Rob Wilkinson, Jesse and Kara. Susana was so lucky to have worked with you on this project. You are all amazing mentors for her and the entire community. Not only did you meet with her and treat her as an equal, but you invited Susana onto your live radio interview, helped us host a distribution day, included us in your Superhero 5K run, and continually offered support and encouraging words.

Thank you also to the Daily Chronicle and Northern Star for helping promote Susana’s charity by running stories before and during the collection events. 

Jeanette Martin


Cooking For Kids Sake a good cause

To the Editor:

Family Service Agency’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of DeKalb County would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s Cooking for Kids Sake. This first-year event brought community members, youth and businesses together for a good cause!

There are numerous people to thank for all their generosity during Cooking for Kids Sake! A special thank-you to the youth chefs and their families for their numerous hours and dedication put into making such delicious dishes! Thank you as well to all of our sponsors for the event: Culver’s of Sycamore, Yvonne Johnson, American Midwest Bank, Hy-Vee, Foster & Buick Law Firm, National Bank & Trust, Dave and Suzanne Juday, Genoa Women’s Club, CMJ Technologies, Banner Up Signs, Lehan’s, Hauser-Ross Eye Institute, Northern Illinois Dance Center and Dr. Curtis Orthodontics.

We are very grateful to the Northern Illinois University Suzuki Players for providing entertainment for the night as well as ProSound Productions for providing music for the event. Big Brothers Big Sisters would also like to thank the chef’s at Kishwaukee Hospital for cooking at the event and showing the youth a possible career path in the culinary field!

Family Service Agency’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program has been helping provide the youth of DeKalb County with positive adult role models for 40 years. The Big Brothers Big Sisters professionals use their one-to-one mentoring system to match one child and one adult, paving the way for magical moments with life-changing impacts.

On behalf of the children, volunteers, and staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters, we would like to thank you for keeping our program going in DeKalb County. We hope to see all of you at next year’s Cooking For Kids Sake!

Courtney Denison and Laura Nolan

Big Brothers Big Sisters staff

Community spelling bee a success

To the Editor:

On behalf of Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore, thank you for supporting the 14th annual DeKalb County Community Spelling Bee. This year’s winner was the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra team sponsored by Heal Insurance. Second place was the Lifelong Learning Institute team. Whether you were a team sponsor, a team speller, a team cheerleader, a program sponsor or a raffle donor, your participation helped to make this year’s event a huge success.

This year, more than $6,000 was raised to support literacy projects throughout our community. Funds raised at this annual event help to support various literacy projects throughout the community as well as the Daily Chronicle’s Newspapers in Education program.

Mark your calendar for next year’s DeKalb County Community Spelling Bee, which will be held Oct. 16, 2014. Please consider joining the fun evening with a team.

DeKalb County Community Spelling Bee Committee

Harvest Festival thank-you

To the Editor:

Fox Valley Older Adult Services recently celebrated its first ever Harvest Festival that brought together an incredible array of food, drink and fun that raised funds to help support the programs and services we provide for seniors.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Katie Nelson of BNC Enterprises for her energy, enthusiasm and hard work in pulling this event together. She was the driving force and did an outstanding job!

Budweiser and Silver Creek Winery sponsored the event while the phenomenal area band Johnny & The Boomers volunteered with services and kept the dance floor filled all evening.

Local businesses donated a great variety of their signature dishes so that guests could enjoy a great tasting event. We thank Bull Moose Bar & Grille, Calamity Jane’s Restaurant, Cobblestone Bistro, Countyline Pub & Grill, De-Railed Pub & Grill, Open Range Southwest Grill, Premier Catering / VAC, Rosati’s Pizza & Pub and Sweet Magnolia’s for their generosity.

Please make sure to patronize these area businesses and to thank them for their support!

Cynthia Worsley

Fox Valley Older Adult Services executive director

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