Archive for the ‘Fundraisers’ Category


Proceeds from the Algonquin Garden Club’s annual sale go toward annual scholarships, local charities, and community beautification efforts.

This year, the Algonquin Garden Club is planning a curbside pickup arrangement at two homes, one on the east and the other on west side of the Fox River. The club has numerous plants with limited amounts of each to share, so order early!

The annual fundraiser is used to help support yearly contributions toward scholarships, community organizations, charities and community beautification.

Photos of the plants are available on the Algonquin Garden Club Facebook page or algonquingardenclub.org. If you have questions contact Cathy at czange@outlook.com. The order forms are available on the website page. Note that there are two different order forms.

Please download, fill out the order form and return it by the following dates. Orders for hanging baskets, tomatoes and peppers must be received by Friday, April 16. Perennial orders, grown in member’s gardens, are due no later than Friday, April 23.

Order forms can be sent via email to alggardenclub@gmail.com or by mail to Algonquin Garden Club, P.O. Box 7851, Algonquin, IL 60102.

Once the orders are received and processed, you will be notified with a pickup time and location prior to Mother’s Day. Payment for the order will be made at the time of pickup. They will accept cash, check or credit card.

Orders will be filled in the order received and a free plant given with each order.

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Volunteers Colleen Konicek Hannigan and Finn Karam

Saint Anne Parish School 8th grader, Finn Karam is one of hundreds of young Barrington volunteers who have joined Hope’s In’s summer service trips to build homes for families living in poverty surrounding Guatemala City’s garbage dump. Founded by twin sisters and Barrington High School alums, Courtney McGovern and Ashley Quigley, Hope’s In’s 9th annual Hope’s in Style fashion show fundraiser is coming up this Sunday. The first Hope’s In Style fashion show, took place in February of 2013. The goal was to raise enough money to build a single cinderblock house for one girl’s family living in a shack surrounded by garbage.

Now in its 9th year, the Hope’s In Style fashion show has raised $325,000 and built 43 homes. Courtney McGovern says the Guatemala families they serve have been devastated during the Covid pandemic and the need now is greater than ever. For the first time, this year’s fashion show is virtual and coming up from 1-3 p.m. this Sunday, April 11th! The theme for this year’s event is Hope’s In Style: Masquerade, Hope Disguised.

About a hundred Barrington High School student stylists, models and volunteers have been busy producing the show, filmed at various locations around town. High school students will share their experiences during the pandemic and the challenges they faced. They will also share the hope they discovered unexpectedly during the pandemic and how it has made them even more empathetic and motivated changemakers.

Read more, including a Q&A with Finn Karam, in 365 Barrington here.

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Five dancers from the Midwest Dance Collective — Dancewerks perform to organ music by Nicholas Renkosik during Sanfilippo Foundation’s “Valentine’s Day Virtual Concert,” which is available through March 31. (Sanfilippo Foundation)

Valentine’s Day is having a longer stay at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills. A “Valentine’s Day Virtual Concert,” featuring acclaimed organists Zach Frame and Nicholas Renkosik, with special guests Midwest Dance Collective — Dancewerks, is available through March 31.

Frame’s numbers include, “Cheek to Cheek,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Besame Mucho,” “That’s All,” and “My Funny Valentine.”

“We wanted it to be love songs and Valentine’s Day-related music,” Frame explained.

He has performed several virtual concerts on the Sanfilippo organ this past year. Frame described the organ as “truly one of the largest and best in the world. The possibilities with the instrument are truly endless. There are very few that even get close to the quality of that instrument anywhere in the world.”

Frame performs five nights each week at Organ Piper Pizza in a Milwaukee suburb.

Renkosik’s selections include “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific, and George Gershwin’s, “Our Love is Here to Stay.” He is joined by dancers from the Midwest Dance Collective for “Ten Cents a Dance.”

Read more here.

Valentine’s Day Virtual Concert

  • When: Available through March 31
  • Where: Virtual from the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills
  • Tickets:Minimum $20 donation
  • Information: sanfilippofoundation.org

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With a combination of grit and determination, a little bit of luck and a lot of love, Jodie Diegel, founder of Soul Harbour Ranch Therapy Program, is literally living her dream life. She has created an organization that uses therapy dogs, miniature therapy horses and miniature therapy donkeys to share a lot of SOUL (Sharing Of Unconditional Love) throughout Barrington and nearby communities.

“I’m a very positive person. I know that my mission, my purpose in life, as a nurse and as a giver, is to help others through animals,” Diegel says.

In addition to being the founder and president of Soul Harbour Ranch, Diegel is also a registered nurse and legal nurse consultant with Kaveny + Kroll in Chicago. Diegel says that a difference is made when there is a soul-to-soul connection between humans and animals. She laughs while noting that her husband Jerry “is not really a horse person.” She credits him for the wok that he does at SOUL Harbour Ranch and his advocacy for her passion. “He sees the magic our animals bring to those we visit.”

“People often ask, ‘What is a visit and what do therapy animals do?’” Diegel’s reply: “At every visit, when others meet our special animals, there is joy, laughter, smiles, and sharing of unconditional love…that is true healing.”

Read more in Country Magazine here.

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Troops with the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will be setting up booths in communities across the western suburbs starting Feb. 26. Troops also may host virtual and drive-thru cookie booths this year.

The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Cookie Program runs Jan. 6 to March 21. All varieties of cookies are $5 per box. The eight types of cookies are: Lemon-ups, Di-Si-Dos, Tagalings, Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Toffee-tastic (gluten free), and S’mores.

Order your favorite Girl Scout Cookies for direct shipping or cookie donation purchase at www.girlscoutsni.org. Or you can complete a form to connect you to a Girl Scout in your area to take and deliver your order.

Customers must live within the boundaries of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois council to be able to connect you with a Girl Scout in your area. Locally, this includes all of Kane and McHenry counties, as well as the southwest portion of Lake County, the far western portion of Cook County, and a small portion of northwest DuPage County.

During the initial order phase of the program through Jan. 30, Girl Scouts are collecting orders via a paper order card and Digital Cookie online ordering. Cookie orders taken at this time (with the exception of online shipped orders) will be delivered to customers towards the end of February/beginning of March. Customers placing online orders and requesting shipped delivery to their door (additional charges apply) will receive their order within 5-7 business days after completing the order.

Booth sales will be Feb. 26 to March 21. During the booth sales phase of the program, customers will see Girl Scouts at retail locations throughout the council area.

Troops also may be promoting virtual and drive-thru cookie booths this year. Use the Cookie Finder App or visit www.girlscoutsni.org to help locate a booth near you or a local troop’s online link.

Get $5 off shipping cost on online shipped orders of 9 or more packages of cookies. This offer is exclusive to Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and available through the end of the 2021 GSNI Cookie Program on March 21.

Girl Scouts and their troops will have cookies in-hand after Feb. 26.

In addition to booth sales, Girl Scouts may continue to sell cookies in-person with cookies in-hand, through Digital Cookie online ordering, or by order card while supplies last.

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

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The Heritage Quilters are raffling a “Fit to be Tied” quilt with a bow-tie pattern made from 1930s pastel prints. (Courtesy of McHenry County Historical Society)

Time is running out for an opportunity to win this year’s McHenry County Historical Society hand-stitched quilt.  “Fit to be Tied” features a bow-tie pattern made from 1930s pastel prints.

Some of the fabric prints have recognizable figures in them. They are called object or conversation prints. These were used as early as the mid-1880s. Often the early prints were of a patriotic or nautical subject, or a nature theme.

The Heritage Quilters’ bow tie quilt has a lightness and whimsy to it, with a center block of applique. The pattern dates to the 1880s and was first published by the Ladies Arts Company in 1895.

Like so many quilt patterns, it had other names: Colonial Bow Tie, Peekhole, True Lovers’ Knot, Dumbbell. Tickets, $1 each or six for $5, are available online at mchenrycountyhistory.org/fit-be-tied.

Because of ongoing health concerns this year, the drawing will be held virtually at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the museum, 6422 Main St. in Union. Visit GotHistory.org for a link to follow along, or follow www.facebook.com/McHenryCountyHistoricalSociety.

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Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under President George W. Bush, speaks Saturday at the Barrington “Town-Warming” via Zoom. (Courtesy of Village of Barrington)

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was the star attraction at the Barrington’s Cultural Commission’s 4th annual “Town-Warming,” conducted for more than 200 people over Zoom on Saturday.

Rice, who was in office during the presidency of George W. Bush, chatted with Motorola Chairman and CEO Greg Brown, on relations with China and Russia, the political climate, and her interest in music, ice skating, golf and football.

“We must re-dedicate ourselves to a common American purpose,” she said.

Brown also spoke with former U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Daley, who served under President Bill Clinton, about the tumultuous events of the past several months and how the country might move forward.

Barrington historian Barbara Benson provided a historical perspective on the role that Barrington’s White House played during the previous pandemic in 1917-18.

Barrington village President Karen Darch said that while the event was different this year because of the pandemic, “it was extraordinary just the same.”


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We said goodbye to several notable suburban residents in 2020. They left indelible marks on their communities through impressive accomplishments and dedicated public service. The list includes local officials and community, religious and business leaders.

Jasper Sanfilippo

Jasper Sanfilippo built his family’s nut business into a publicly traded company that last year had $876 million in sales. However, it is his passion for musical instruments, and helping nonprofits raise millions of dollars that helped shape his legacy. – Courtesy of Sanfilippo family

Jan. 28: He built his family’s nut business into a publicly traded company that last year had $876 million in sales, but it was his passion for musical instruments, particularly mechanical music machines, that helped shape his legacy. He was 88.

Sanfilippo’s Barrington Hills house grew to include additions to showcase his vast collection. He and his wife, Marian, helped nonprofit groups raise millions of dollars through welcoming them to host their fundraisers at the estate.

His son, Jeffrey Sanfilippo, who succeeded him as CEO of John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc. in 2006, dates his father’s interest in vintage music machines to a family vacation to Knott’s Berry Farm in California in the mid-1970s.

Jasper Sanfilippo built an addition to display his collection of automated musical instruments, including music boxes, phonographs, coin-operated pianos and violin machines. It grew to include dance organs and calliopes, and a world class theater organ.

He built an organ room and later a carousel building and helped local charities host banquets to raise money.

The couple established a family foundation in 2007 to help preserve the collection and manage the charity events.

Read the expanded list from the Daily Herald here.

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The Barrington Giving Day winter donation drive takes place through December 9th.

People are asked to donate new, or clean and like new, winter outerwear, boots and toys. No other clothing items are accepted.

Collection bins are available at many locations, including village halls in Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes.

Barrington Giving Day is a nonprofit group that has served the local community for more than 80 years and holds two events per year: a back-to-school drive in August and a winter drive in December.

Visit barringtongivingday.org to find a drop-off location near you, make a monetary donation and to learn how to get involved.

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The Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, will honor the more than 600 veterans buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Barrington, with a live balsam wreath on Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 19. To volunteer or donate, visit http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/ILEGCA.

The women of the Signal Hill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Barrington, will sponsor a modified wreath laying event this holiday season with the second celebration of Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Evergreen Cemetery, 610 South Dundee Ave., in Barrington.

Approximately 600 veterans’ graves have been identified at Evergreen dating back to the Civil War, and the goal is to honor each one with a live balsam wreath.

This Dec. 19, in compliance with pandemic guidelines for gathering, Wreaths Across America Day at Evergreen will forego a live memorial ceremony and proceed directly with the wreath placement.

Community volunteers will be assigned separate areas of the cemetery to provide distancing needed. All individuals who participate will be required to wear a mask, and staggered arrivals are encouraged.

Citizens, families and groups that are interested in sponsoring wreaths or participating in this event may visit  www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/ILEGCA.

Placement of wreaths will begin at noon on Dec. 19, rain/snow or shine, and will continue until all wreaths are laid.

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