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May 26, 2015 10:30AM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

Loaves & Fishes Board Members Dr. Alicia McCareins, Laura Ann Spencer, David Brown and Brian Bolliger gather at John Greene Realtor’s Polo Event.


Golf for Holy Trinitiy’s Education Fund

Participate in the 1st Annual Fr. Michael E. Danek Memorial Golf Outing on Thurs., Sept. 17. Proceeds benefit the Holy Trinity’s School Education Fund. Registration includes 18 holes green fee & cart, breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner. Participate in contests such as: longest drive, closest to the pin, longest put, pink ball, 50/50 Fr. Rafal-raffle and more. Hole-in-One wins an Infiniti QX50. Prizes include a set of clubs, flat Screen TV, and more. $125 per golfer. Foursome $500. Dinner only $35. Sponsorship opportunities available. Village Greens of Woodridge, 1575 W 75th St, Woodridge. holytrinitywestmont.org/golf

LaVerne Mathews, former Development Director at the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, has joined the staff of Loaves & Fishes Community Services as the Director of Advancement.

Local charity ready to tackle hunger

Loaves & Fishes Community Services welcomes Mike Havala, Board Chair, Dr. Alicia McCareins, Vice Chair of Governance, Paul Novotny, Vice Chair of Finance, David Brown, Vice Chair of Advancement, Kevin O’Hara, Treasurer and Celeste Wagner, Secretary. They will continue to carry on the mission and vision of alleviating hunger and bettering the lives of those in the DuPage County area. Loaves & Fishes also welcomes new board members George Kestler, Corey Schmidt, Laura Ann Spencer and Kathy Van Eeuwen. 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville. http://www.loaves-fishes.org

Use your culinary skills to benefit the community

The West Suburban Community Pantry proudly present their 4th Annual Chef’s Culinary Challenge fundraiser on Sun., Oct. 25 from 5-8pm. Eight renown chefs will compete against each other, with their specially prepared gastronomical creations paired with chosen wine and beer selections. Guests select the winning dish. Tickets are $125 each and all proceeds benefit the Pantry as they nourish neighbors in need throughout DuPage County. 630-948-8132, wcpinc.org. 

Find inspiration at ClaySpace

ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center, a 501 (c)3 non-profit studio, is home to a community of 55 resident artists. They offer ceramics and glass fusing classes and host workshops by nationally and internationally recognized visiting artists. Their gallery is full of art for purchase and inspiration. 740 Front Street, Lisle. 630-393-2529, clayspace.net.

Upcoming events include:

September:

11–Artists reception for student sculpture show from 7­–9pm
13–Ninth birthday party for ClaySpace from 1–3pm

October:
5–First Friday with the ClaySpace Pottery Games and opening for "Story Tellers" from 6–9pm
18–Artists reception for "Story Tellers" with Linda Kiepke and Charles Huth from 12:30–4pm

Congrats to Westmont Wheaton College graduate

Hester Anne Buell graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wheaton College.

Darien Woman’s Club kicks off another year with a clothing resale

The Darien Woman’s Club (DWC) is kicking off another program year on Wed., Sept. 2. Doors open at 7pm and the meeting starts at 7:30pm, at the Darien Recreation Club. The October 7 monthly meeting will feature the Annual Bunco for Breast Cancer event.  Their Fall Clothing Resale is set for Sat., Oct. 17 from 9am–2pm. Registration for sellers is on Sept. 19 from 9am–12pm, at the Darien Park District, and Tues. Sept. 29 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Safety Village. The new location of the Clothing Resale is at Lace School on the corner of 75tha and Cass Ave. Debbie Uhlar, 630-215-4942 or Joanna Petersen 630-689-6754. resale@darienwomansclub.org.

Register your child in co-ed sports

The Darien Youth Club fall registration is now open until Oct. 15. Children can register for co-ed basketball (grades 3-12) or co-ed volleyball (grades 4-8). There are no tryouts, all children get to participate and there are no residency requirements. DarienYouth.org

Safely recycle electronics

The Downers Grove Township provides a free electronic recycling program every third Saturday of the month, except holiday weekends, from 8am-12pm. Drop your items off at 318 E. Quincy St., Westmont. 630-719-6625. dgtownship.com. 

Experience the history of Quality Hill

The architecture and history of the homes located east of Washington Street and north of Chicago Avenue will be highlighted during this tour on Sat., Sept. 19 from 2–3:30 pm. The mansions in this area of Naperville overshadowed the modest homes of old Naperville and showed the affluence of the Industrial Age. The concentration of prestigious homes led this area to be dubbed “Quality Hill” by local residents. Tickets are $12 per person, $10 for Settlement-6 members. Registration is required; space limited to the first 20 registrants. The tour includes about 24 blocks of walking and originates at the Jefferson Hill Shops, 43 E. Jefferson Ave. 630-420-6010. Find more Naper Settlement Events on the DuPageNeighbors.com calendar of events. 

DuPage Foundation assists jobless veterans

The DuPage Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (MSHV) for its Veterans Employment Program as part of its 2014 Community Needs Grant Program. Networking and connecting veterans to sustainable employment are the primary goals of the program, according to Iva Stoyanova, employment program coordinator for MSHV. The goal of MSHV is to grow and expand its programming to accommodate the increasing demand for its services, which are offered to veterans and their families throughout DuPage County. To date, 82 individuals have been assisted by the Veterans Employment Program including 78 veterans and four of their family members.

                Some veterans have been displaced from their jobs due to changes in the workforce. MSHV supports and provides guidance veterans who are unemployed and underemployed. Through its Veterans Employment Program, MSHV is aiming to develop its business community contacts and identify individuals and businesses that are “vet-friendly” to assist it with job placement. However they are not a job matching program. Their Vet to Vet Mentorship Program, allows vets, who have gainful employment, or are retired to mentor those who do not. (630) 871-8387.

Dine for hunger benefits food pantry

People’s Resource Center’s Dine Away Hunger program will take place on Wed. Oct 14 at Vincitori. Eat a delicious Italian meal at Vincitori on that day, and they will generously donate 10% of your bill to the People’s Resource Center’s food pantry. You will help feed your hungry neighbors in DuPage, just by eating out. All donations will go straight to the food pantry to purchase healthy and nutritious food for the 3,000 families PRC assists each month. There are no coupons to present or need for any mentions. 14 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont. 630-663-9467.

Support the Intellectual Disabilities Fund Drive

The Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Intellectual Disabilities Fund Drive on Sept. 18 & 19. Knights will be at area intersections, stores, and transit stops, offering Tootsie Roll® candy in exchange for donations to programs benefiting local persons with intellectual disabilities. Knights in Illinois raise nearly $2 million annually through this fund drive. kofc3738.org.

Westmont student presents at 4th Annual Celebration of Scholarship

More than 300 Lewis University undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty showcased their scholarly and artistic work on April 16 during the 4th Annual Celebration of Scholarship. Westmont resident Stephanie Pruefer is a graduate student studying social science at Lewis University. Pruefer presented "One size does (not) fit all" under the mentorship of Kimberly Duris. lewisu.edu

DuPage Foundation reports results of its Bright & Early DuPage Initiative

The DuPage Foundation announced its third round of grants to support its banner initiative Bright & Early DuPage, which focuses on improving kindergarten-readiness in DuPage County. Three collaboratives are currently being supported by the Foundation in communities throughout DuPage County—Addison, Bensenville, Wheaton/ Warrenville—in addition to a regional early childhood hub under the DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform.

People’s Resource Center receive $10,000 grant

People’s Resource Center was one of 28 not-for-profit organizations in DuPage County to receive a grant from the 2015 Spring Community Needs Grant Cycle of the DuPage Foundation. The grant, awarded during a special distribution breakfast on June 1, at the Glen Oak Country Club, will help underwrite the purchase of a new van which People’s Resource Center will use for food rescue for its food pantry. The total of all grants awarded during this cycle, whose amounts ranged in value from $2,000 - $20,000, was $400,001.  Community leaders, Foundation trustees, benefactors and other stakeholders attended the event. People’s Resource Center is located in Wheaton. 

DuPage Foundation awards more than $400,000 to organizations

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of more than $400,000 in grants to 28 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations working in the area of Health and Human Services at its Grant Awards Breakfast held on June 16 at Glen Oak County Club in Glen Ellyn. The grants, which range from $2,000 to $20,000, are being awarded as part of the Foundation’s annual Spring Community Needs Grant Cycle. Community Needs grants are primarily awarded based on earnings from our unrestricted and field-of interest funds. Additionally, during the selection process, the Foundation offers representatives of its donor advised funds the opportunity to review the grant applications that it receives through its Community Needs Grant Program. The Foundation also makes grants to DuPage County not-for-profits working in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education and the Environment during its annual Fall Community Needs Grant Cycle. In addition, the Foundation makes grants throughout the year to a range of not-for-profits throughout DuPage County and beyond from its various donor-advised and other restricted funds. dupagefoundation.org/communityimpact/healthhumanservicesgrants.

Dog foster parent, Debbie
Wilds of McHenry, with
Diamond, a 1-2 year old female
Pit Bull mix seeking adoption

 Volunteer to foster a dog

A Caring Place (ACP), an all breed dog rescue, will be participating in the Chicago Pet Show at the Darien Sportsplex on Sept. 19 & 20 from 10am-5pm. They will be located at booth 98. They are also looking for volunteers to foster dogs. ACP rescues around 100 dogs each year. All dogs are fully vetted regardless of health condition and needs. They then re-home the dogs throughout the greater Chicagoland area. acaringplace@comcast.net, acaringplacehs.org.

 

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Caption: Dog foster parent, Debbie Wilds of McHenry, with Diamond, a 1-2 year old female Pit Bull mix seeking adoption 

Walkathon participants weathered storms to raise over $60,000

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance participated in the Step Forward to Cure TSC Walkathon on May 30 to raise money to fight TSC. Tuberous Sclerosis Complex is a rare genetic disorder that causes the body to create benign tumors in major organs, including brain, kidney, and skin. In addition to tumors, there is a strong genetic link to epilepsy and autism.  Despite chilling winds and rain, families and supporters packed the pavilion at Ty Warner Park to raise over $60,000 to fight the disease. The event included raffle prizes, food, and face painting. TSC research not only is aimed at the tumors, autism, and epilepsy, but touches upon cancer and diabetes. The group is looking forward to next year’s event and making a difference in the lives of those affected by the many facets of the disease. tsalliance.org

DuPage Foundation Moves to Downers Grove

The DuPage Foundation has moved to their new location at 3000 Woodcreek Dr., Ste. 310, Downers Grove at the southwest corner of I-355 and Butterfield Rd., just north of I-88. dupagefoundation.org.

Westmont Rotary welcomes home exchange student

The Westmont Rotary Club welcomes home Rotary exchange student Devin Capuska.  Devin spent the past year living and going to school in Denmark. This fall the Westmont Rotary Club will be hosting a young lady from Chile. She will attend Westmont High School. The Rotary Exchange Program has been a major focus for the Westmont Rotary Club. Students learn and live the culture and education of other countries. If you would be interested in hosting an exchange student please contact us. 630-344-9140, westmontrotaryclub.org.

Congratulations to the 2015 Westmont graduates

Fan Chen graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from the College of Arts and Sciences. More than 4,500 students received bachelor's, master's, doctoral, associate and educational specialist degrees during the 2015 Spring Commencement ceremony.

The following students are 2015 graduates of Northern Illinois University: Tyler Maslankowski (Bachelor of Science), Connor Kasal (Master of Accounting Science), Timothy Paladin (Master of Business Admin), Brian Reynolds (Master of Accounting Science), Karen Schneider (Master of Science), Rita Shadle (Bachelor of Science), William Tertell (Bachelor of Science), Kurt Bonamer (Bachelor of Music), and Kelly Mossman (Bachelor of Fine Arts).

Sean Hyland was among the more than 1,800 University of Dayton students receiving their degree during 2015 spring undergraduate commencement ceremonies Sun., May 3.

Congratulations to local students for making the Dean’s List

Congratulations to Westmont residents Kassi Cambron, Rita Shadle, Aaron Tse and Jonathan Wroblewski for making the 2015 spring semester Deans List.

Andrea Vetrone of Westmont made the Dean's List for the spring semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

Lauren Paul of Westmont, class of 2016, made the spring 2015 Dean’s List at Tufts University.

Madeline McAfee drops food off at PRC.

 Become a food rescue volunteer

People’s Resource Center partners with over 60 local groceries and restaurants that donate food to them on a daily basis. They are always looking for food rescue volunteers to pick up donations and deliver the items to both their food pantries. Volunteers make weekly—and sometimes daily—visits to food outlets and return with vans full of produce, meats, bakery goods and personal items that enable their client families to choose fresh, nutritious food. tiny.cc/PRCFoodRescue, Volunteers@PeoplesRC.org.

Support the Intellectual Disabilities Fund Drive

The Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Intellectual Disabilities Fund Drive on Sept. 18 & 19. Knights will be at area intersections, stores, and transit stops, offering Tootsie Roll® candy in exchange for donations to programs benefiting local persons with intellectual disabilities. Knights in Illinois raise nearly $2 million annually through this fund drive. kofc3738.org.

Learn more about the history of Darien

Look for Darien Historical Society (DHS) members walking around Darien Fest Sept. 11–13. They will be asking for support from the community to continue efforts to preserve Darien's heritage. They will also have copies of their book Images of America: Darien, for $22.00, tax free. All proceeds from book sales go solely to the historical society.

Additionally the DHS, along with St. John Lutheran Church, are sponsoring a Cemetery Walk on Sat., September 19 from 1–3pm. Learn about local history through the lives of ten individuals buried in the graveyard. St. John Cemetery, Clarendon Hills Road and 67th Street. 

DuPage Foundation Moves to Downers Grove

The DuPage Foundation has moved to their new location at 3000 Woodcreek Dr., Ste. 310, Downers Grove at the southwest corner of I-355 and Butterfield Rd., just north of I-88. dupagefoundation.org.

Golf for Holy Trinitiy’s Education Fund

Participate in the 1st Annual Fr. Michael E. Danek Memorial Golf Outing on Thurs., Sept. 17. Proceeds benefit the Holy Trinity’s School Education Fund. Registration includes 18 holes green fee & cart, breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner. Participate in contests such as: longest drive, closest to the pin, longest put, pink ball, 50/50 Fr. Rafal-raffle and more. Hole-in-One wins an Infiniti QX50. Prizes include a set of clubs, flat Screen TV, and more. $125 per golfer. Foursome $500. Dinner only $35. Sponsorship opportunities available. Village Greens of Woodridge, 1575 W 75th St, Woodridge. holytrinitywestmont.org/golf

Westmont Rotary welcomes home exchange student

The Westmont Rotary Club welcomes home Rotary exchange student Devin Capuska.  Devin spent the past year living and going to school in Denmark. This fall the Westmont Rotary Club will be hosting a young lady from Chile. She will attend Westmont High School. The Rotary Exchange Program has been a major focus for the Westmont Rotary Club. Students learn and live the culture and education of other countries. If you would be interested in hosting an exchange student please contact us. 630-344-9140, westmontrotaryclub.org.

Congratulations to the 2015 Westmont graduates

Fan Chen graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from the College of Arts and Sciences. More than 4,500 students received bachelor's, master's, doctoral, associate and educational specialist degrees during the 2015 Spring Commencement ceremony.

The following students are 2015 graduates of Northern Illinois University: Tyler Maslankowski (Bachelor of Science), Connor Kasal (Master of Accounting Science), Timothy Paladin (Master of Business Admin), Brian Reynolds (Master of Accounting Science), Karen Schneider (Master of Science), Rita Shadle (Bachelor of Science), William Tertell (Bachelor of Science), Kurt Bonamer (Bachelor of Music), and Kelly Mossman (Bachelor of Fine Arts).

Sean Hyland was among the more than 1,800 University of Dayton students receiving their degree during 2015 spring undergraduate commencement ceremonies Sun., May 3.

Congratulations to local students for making the Dean’s List

Congratulations to Westmont residents Kassi Cambron, Rita Shadle, Aaron Tse and Jonathan Wroblewski for making the 2015 spring semester Deans List.

Andrea Vetrone of Westmont made the Dean's List for the spring semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

Lauren Paul of Westmont, class of 2016, made the spring 2015 Dean’s List at Tufts University.

Visit Old Lace Schoolhouse

Originally built in 1859, Old Lace Schoolhouse stood proudly nearby fields of corn and farmhouses. The locale was mainly settled by German families who placed indisputable value on education. Daily, children were expected to combine homework and chores; only Sundays were reserved for church, family gatherings, celebrations and playtime.

Living in a new country with no governmental safety-net, immigrant parents emphasized the need for learning English for correct communication in addition to numerical skills for understanding commercial transactions as eventual farmers, business operators and teachers.

Emphasis on education has survived in Darien at highly respected elementary and high school levels. At the historical society, education is the primary objective be it through schoolhouse tours for people of all ages, special events, and the recapturing and promotion of the development of what has become the City of Darien.

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau sales director earns Badge of Excellence

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization for Lisle, Illinois, is proud to announce that Director of Sales Robin Friday, is now credentialed as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), which is one of the meeting industry’s top professional designations. Today, the CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a rigorous exam.

Save the date: Walk for breast cancer

Save the date for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk of DuPage County on Sun., Oct. 18. It is the largest suburban event focused on fighting breast cancer hosted by the American Cancer Society event brings together people from all over the region who want to find a cure for breast cancer. Cantigny Park, 1S151 S Winfield Rd, Wheaton. Jamie, 630-932-1151, makingstrideswalk.org/dupageil.

Cass Junior High School band entertains community

Following the lead of band director, Mr. Jim Blasius, the Cass Junior High School Jazz Band, which consists of 7th and 8th grade students, began a “tour” to share their talents with others in the community. The band first stopped at Concord Elementary, to show the younger students, in Cass School District 63, the possible future of their musical education. In addition, the band traveled to Burr Ridge to entertain residents at the Brookdale assisted living center. Lastly they traveled to Springfield to perform for people passing the capitol rotunda. Blasius also invited state representatives, Jim Durkin and Christine Radogno to stop by and visit. These are Mr. Blasius’s last events as the band director for Cass School District 63. He is retiring after 32 years of sharing his love of music to students. His passion for music will be greatly missed.

National Travel & Tourism Week was a success in DuPage County

The DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau’s annual hospitality industry event was held on May 5, at The Morton Arboretum. This year’s event was dubbed “Eat & Meet,” because it combined a networking event featuring local culinary delights with a guest appearance by Illinois’ Director of Tourism, Mr. Cory Jobe. DuPage County ranks second only to Cook County for overall tourism expenditures, tourism industry payrolls, employment figures, and state and local tax revenues. 630-575-8070, DiscoverDuPage.co

Rotary Club supports local students

The Westmont Rotary Club held their Reverse Raffle for scholarships on April 22. Proceeds funded scholarships for area seniors. This summer, rotary workers will sell raffle tickets at the Street Fair in downtown Westmont. In addition to the scholarships, they sponsor the Rotary Early Act program at Westmont Junior High and the Interact program at Westmont High School. They provide every 3rd grade student in Westmont with a dictionary.  They also raise funds for the Helping Hands Helping Schools program which provides students in need with school supplies, gym shoes and dental work.  The club meets for lunch every Tuesday except the last Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm, Vincitori Restaurant, 14 N Cass Ave. westmontrotaryclub.org.

Peoples Resource Center opens new location

The People’s Resource Center opened its new home in Westmont this May. It’s team of 2,000 volunteers offer nutritious food and other basic necessities like clothes and rent assistance and provides resources such as education and tutoring, jobs, technology, art and a caring community. The number of families served in Westmont has tripled since it opened its doors and community supporters have already pledged $1.8 million. 104 Chestnut Ave. peoplessrc.org/homeforgood.

Students named to Augustana Dean’s List

The following Westmont students were named to the Augustana College Deans list for the winter term:  Viktoria Andonova, a sophomore majoring in Biology, Katherine Canning, a senior majoring in Communication Studies and Multimedia Journalism Mass Communication and Caitlin Doherty, a junior majoring in Psychology. They maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

Katie Canning was also elected to represent the senior class in the 2015–2016 Augustana Honor Council. The Honor Council carries out the college’s mission of “offering a challenging education that develops mind, spirit and body,” concluding that “the Honor Code holds each individual accountable to the community of Augustana College.”

Enjoy Cruisin’ Nights

The St. John Council (#3738) of the Knights of Columbus opens its grill on the patio for Cruisin’ Nights, Thursday evenings in June, July, and August. Enjoy food, deserts and drinks. 25 N. Cass Ave. kofc3738.org.

Westmont student graduates from the University of Dayton

Congratulation to Sean Hyland, of Westmont, who was among the more than 1,800 University of Dayton students receiving their degree during 2015 spring undergraduate commencement ceremonies held Sun., May 3.

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