The Naperville Education Foundation recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at Naperville Country Club. Many of the original founders of the philanthropic and fundraising arm of Naperville Community Unit District 203 were able to attend. Shown (back row): Ken Koranda, Susan Koranda, Paul Schroeter, Beth Schroeter, Carol Carius-Vermaat, Kathy Cox, Dr. David Cox, Ginny Lacy, Dennis Wisnosky, Maggie Ellithorpe, The Honorable Harris Fawell, Julie McCutcheon, Brand Bobosky, Ed Channell, John James, Tom O’Donnell (front row), Kathy O’Donnell, Rosemary Macko Wisnosky, Ruth Fawell, Dr. Christine Rauscher and co-chair Dr. Mary Ann Bobosky.
The Edward Foundation, the fundraising arm of Edward-Elmhurst Health, recently raised $13,300 at its event, An Evening at Arranmore. The 30-person experience included dinner and a polo tournament at Arranmore Farm & Polo Club. Proceeds will benefit the expansion of the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville.
Sleep Out Saturday
An estimated 1,500 teens and youth will sleep outside all night November 4 to raise money for and awareness of homelessness. To join or donate to
DuPage PADS visit sleepoutsaturday.org.
Pave the Way
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has gifted the Kendall County Community Food Pantry in Yorkville a $20,000 grant to make capital improvements to its parking lot. “Each Thursday hundreds of vehicles and shopping carts move around and across our lot,” explains board chair Greg Witek. “Before the paving repairs, this was a difficult and sometimes dangerous process.”
People interested in joining Rotary have a new evening option: Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark, which meets twice per month on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. The new club, which has 23 charter members, fills a space in the calendar which now means local Rotarians can gather first thing in the morning, lunchtime, late afternoon or evening.
St. Francis High School sophomore Chloe Ryan recently won the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Association National Solo Ice Dance competition in both the Pre-Gold Pattern Dances and the Junior Combined Dances categories. This marks the third consecutive year that the Geneva resident has double-medaled in the competition. Ryan trains at Fox Valley Ice Arena.
Family Shelter Services recently welcomed four new board members for a six-year term: Brenda McNamara of Elmhurst, Emily Ory of Naperville, John Roland of Westmont and Gregory Vesta of Wood Dale. Family Shelter Service is a Wheaton-based nonprofit that helps victims of domestic abuse.
Gerald Auto Group of Naperville and North Aurora (Gerald Hyundai, Gerald Kia, Gerald Nissan and Gerald Subaru) has named Little Friends the beneficiary of its radio promotion with WGN and the Chicago Blackhawks. During the 2017–2018 hockey season, Gerald Auto Group will donate $100 to Little Friends for every Blackhawks goal scored. Little Friends provides services and support to clients with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Naperville’s Andrew Lim recently advanced through local and subregional golf qualifiers to play in the regional qualifier. Lim played the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee on September 24, 2017, site of the 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. His first-place performance in the Boys 12–13 age group qualified him for the Drive Chip and Putt Finals at Augusta Golf Course prior to the Masters Tournament in April 2018.
The Wheaton Municipal Band was selected among 40 performing groups around the world to play at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention at Chicago’s McCormick Place on December 21. Performing ensembles must undergo a rigorous audition process, including submitting recordings/videos and filing an extensive application.
Dylan Kingston recently completed his Eagle Scout Service Project with the Naperville Heritage Society. The Benet Academy senior replaced 19 deteriorated plaques that document historic structures in and around Naperville’s Historic District, including the sign at Mesón Sabika.