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PRAIRIE FLOWER

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Meet Me at the Fair a huge success

To the Editor:

I would like to say thanks to all for making Pay-it-Forward House’s ninth annual Meet Me at the Fair event another huge success. We enjoy inviting the community to come out for an old-fashioned day of free family activities, food and fun, and to learn more about the services we provide to families and friends of patients receiving medical treatment in DeKalb County. A great deal of work and time goes into putting this event together and there are many to thank!

First, thank you to the members of our community who have supported this event, whether by attending, donating supplies or silent auction items, or bringing their special talents to the event to help ensure its success. Everyone from the volunteers who set up in the morning, to those who sell the Chance tickets for gift baskets, to the volunteers who help with the kids games, to those who provided the entertainment and prepare the food; eveyone did an outstanding job! And we couldn’t have done it without the large group of area businesses that provide supplies and support for the event.

Second, I would like to give a sincere thank-you to all the sponsors who provided financial support for the event. We are so lucky that all of our sponsors recognize the good work we do and are willing to help us, which in return, helps the community. I would like to recognize our five “Astor” sponsors for their support – The Ideal Foundation, Kishwaukee Hospital, Kindred Healthcare, Cadence Physician Group and NB&T. And a special thanks to our media sponsors – the Daily Chronicle and Shaw Media, B-95 WDKB FM and LePrint Express. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your precious assistance and generosity.

Lastly, thank you to the committee for all your hard work and dedication to making the event a success. This group of special people brought their valuable skills to the event, built on past years’ successes and made this one of the best events yet by providing a positive experience to the community. Their commitment helps the continued financial success of Pay-It-Forward House so that future families in need of lodging because of a loved one’s illness will find a warm and welcoming home-away-from-home.

Please know that we are incredibly grateful for another successful Meet Me at the Fair that so many of you made possible!

Bart Desch

Meet Me at the Fair Chairman

Pay-It-Forward House

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