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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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The Barrington High School Fine Arts Department invites you to its fall play, “An evening of Edgar Allan Poe” playing beginning tomorrow night at BHS.

Community members can attend the drive-in performance to view it on screen from the BHS parking lot on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7pm. In addition, the performance will be streaming online on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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The Palatine American Legion Post 690 is collecting household items for veterans who are exiting homelessness as part of a program for Military Outreach USA from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM on October 30th through November 12th at the American Legion 122 West Palatine Road in Palatine.

The veterans who are supported in this program are moving into their first apartment or home after being homeless. Typically, these veterans will move into an empty space so they will need everything from kitchen items and cleaning supplies to linens and toiletries. The Legion will be collecting new personal hygiene items, everything for the bathroom and miscellaneous items such as smoke detectors, light bulbs as well as laundry baskets and detergent.

Military Outreach USA has a formal partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs so that they and their partners can work closely with every VA medical facility to ensure Veterans at the local level are being served. Their partners at the community level -houses of worship, businesses, civic groups, schools and individuals – utilize the resources and tools they provide to help meet the needs of Veterans at the local level.

The American Legion Family consists of the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) and Legion Auxiliary. The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary began in 1919 while the S.A.L. was created in 1932 as patriotic veterans organizations devoted to mutual helpfulness. These organizations are committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

For further information on the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, any of their sponsored events or for membership write to the American Legion, 122 West Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60067, call them at 847-359-1606, email them at clubadmin@alpost690.us or visit www.alpost690.us.


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To make sure their littlest patients and families get the care they deserve, staff at JourneyCare are creating a virtual twist on their annual Duck Race in Barrington.

The nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency typically hosts its annual Duck Race at the Barrington Park District Aqualusion Pool to raise funds for its All About Kids Pediatric program, which serves children living with serious illness and their families in Barrington and the entire Chicago region.

This year, JourneyCare is working to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 and live streaming the event from the home of a JourneyCare donor, where Duck Race participants can watch online to see their sponsored rubber ducks race to the finish line for prizes.

To learn more, visit journeycare.org/duck.

Sponsored rubber ducks race six heats down the water slide, with winning ducks’ sponsors earning prizes like tickets to the Chicago Botanic Gardens and improv theater. In 2019, race supporters raised $21,000 to support the All About Kids program that provides home hospice and palliative care to children.

The plastic ducks will once again be racing down a water slide for the 27th JourneyCare Duck Race at 4 PM Saturday. Aug. 29. Adopt a duck for $5, six for $25, or 25 for $100.

Those who sponsor a duck will then receive details on how to live stream the Duck Race this weekend.

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While the world may be on pause, homelessness does not stop. Neither does the work Home of the Sparrow does to provide families with shelter, affordable housing, case management, counseling and services when they need it most.

Due to these uncertain times, Home of the Sparrow decided to cancel “Celebration of Women” Luncheon, Casino Night Hope Benefit, and the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

As the nonprofit is still in desperate need of funds, Home of the Sparrow is organizing COVID-19 Relief Online Auction this month, the Oktoberfest Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 14, and another fundraiser in October.

The COVID-19 Relief Online Auction is starting at 8 a.m. Monday, July 13. The online auction will close at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

This fundraiser will help keep the shelter open 365 days a year, and sustain its programs and services.

To participate, create a free bidding account at www.hosparrow.org/hope-online-auction-2020 and start previewing the items, baskets and packages up for auction.

With over 80 packages, there is something for everyone including trips to Disney, Vegas and Nashville, golf foursomes, date nights, spa packages, local getaways, brewery tours, dine-arounds, wine tastings, family fun, girl’s night out, jewelry and more.

Visit Home of the Sparrow for more information.

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The Barrington Area Community Foundation and the Barrington Area United Way have joined forces to create the Barrington Area COVID Response Fund.

Grants from the fund will be prioritized for nonprofit organizations serving the Barrington area, providing vital basic needs, services and resources to disproportionately impacted individuals and families, especially within vulnerable populations.

Additionally, the fund will support nonprofits that are experiencing financial hardship or providing increased support services to individuals and families not qualified for coverage by other avenues. The nonprofit community foundation board has approved a special $100,000 challenge grant that will match — dollar for dollar — donations made to the special fund.

Donations for are being accepted at bauw.org.

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About 70 volunteers in the Chicago area have joinedSavvy at Sewing,” an effort to create homemade masks for JourneyCare, a hospice and palliative care organization serving patients in 13 Illinois counties, to help protect against COVID-19.

Volunteers include “Project Runway” alum Peach Carr and a group called the Sew and Sews from Sun City in Huntley, which traded its usual quilt making to aid the effort.

JourneyCare officials stressed the homemade masks will be worn over medical-grade masks to protect them from wear and tear and extend the life of the equipment.

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Running to replace State Rep David McSweeney is Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin.

He is holding a fundraiser on February 6th from 6-8 PM at McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S. Cook Street in Barrington.

To RSVP, click here.

Source: McHenry County Blog

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