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Left right Marge Haefliger UrsulDigman Dr. Clare Ollayos Jean Keltner Kelly Tonge Hill joined together ElgAreHistorical Museum celebrate centennial birth

Left to right, Marge Haefliger, Ursula Digman, Dr. Clare Ollayos, Jean Keltner and Kelly Tonge Hill joined together a the Elgin Area Historical Museum to celebrate the centennial of the birth of late local dance legend Lisa Boehm. Betty Brown Photo for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 25, 2013 6:26AM

Elgin Community College’s University Business Center was alive with energy last month as more than 300 community members, families and civic leaders gathered to celebrate the 28th annual Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the City of Elgin Human Relations Commission.

Background musical prelude was supplied by the Pops Plus Ensemble. A warm welcome was given by Janice Hare, MLK Prayer Breakfast chair. The Rev. Clemon McCullough of 2nd Baptist Church in Elgin served as master of ceremonies.

Members of the audience joined in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (the Negro National Anthem). Elgin Mayor David Kaptain reflected on the times. Blessing of the breakfast was from Pastor Nathaniel Edmond of 2nd Baptist Church. As is the custom at the ECC Culinary Department, those in attendance enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast.

The keynote speaker, Dan Duster, great-grandson of Ida B. Wells, left the audience with this thought: “Dream like a child, plan like an architect, and move like a firefighter.” This statement left a lasting impression with those in attendance.

Each year the breakfast recognizes community members with Humanitarian Awards. The 2013 Youth Award went to Oriamie Hayes, a sophomore at South Elgin High School. The 2013 Adult Award was given to Mae Hicks-Jones, a vice president at Northern Trust. The Organization Award went to Boys & Girls Club of Elgin.

Congratulations on another successful year!

Honoring Lisa Boehm

Former students of Elgin ballet legend Lisa Boehm met at the Elgin Area Historical Museum to celebrate the centennial of her birth on Jan. 27.

Although a few were deterred by the icy weather, more than 50 former students met, and many others called or texted including NYC Rockette Gabrielle Del Re, former soloist Anne Burnidge from Buffalo, and Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame recipient Nic Walsh from Houston. Steve Norman, recently retired from the San Francisco Ballet and now teaching at State Street Dance Studio in Geneva, was a fun surprise.

Chocolates and oranges, two of Lisa’s favorite foods, were featured prominently in the refreshments.

The Elgin Historical Museum houses the archives of Lisa’s distinguished career in Europe during the 1930s and ’40s, her teaching and performances in Elgin from 1952 to 2004, and the careers of her students who have made a significant mark on the dance world.

Gathered to enjoy the afternoon were studio alums from the six decades of Lisa’s studio, including Pamela Munch Patt, Nancy Burnidge, Katie Dryden and mom Gina, Dr. Margaret Brady, Donica Seminaro Luzwick and family, Christine Seminaro, Dr. Rise Jones, Jill Schneider, Lisa Blazier Eby and sister Meg Blazier Papadolias, Renee Rajterowski Heitman, Mary Ellen Kanies Beckmann, Linda O’Connor, Michelle Richardsen Larsen, daughter Mackenzie Larsen and Maryann Christy.

Dance for PADS

“Winter Harvest for the Homeless” held the annual Stars Dance for PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) of Elgin Feb. 2 at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn.

The PADS event includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction. This year marks the seventh anniversary of the Stars Dance for PADS of Elgin event. Volunteer teams from the area train and perform for the audience’s enjoyment and votes. Each dollar contributed counts as one vote and supports your favorite team as well as PADS.

Dancers competing in the dance contest included Angelica and Lukasz Kiezel and instructor Patricia Kassanits; winners Laura Kay and Zach Bernardoni and instructor Danielle Slater; Barbara and Charles Falls and instructor Vargo’s Dance Studio; Elise and Tom Nordurft and instructor Vargo’s Dance Studio; Carmen Berrio and Stanley Haladyna with instructors Celia and Maria Lopez; and Laura Schock and T.J. Bye with instructor Tonya Lucchetti-Hudson.

This annual event represents PADS’ largest yearly fundraiser. Proceeds from this night, held during one of the coldest months of the year, literally keep the doors open for hundreds of men, women and children who rely on PADS to provide safe shelter for them each year.

PADS of Elgin is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides emergency, overnight shelter to homeless men, women and children in Elgin, Dundee and Hanover townships. PADS is a catalyst in fostering community and social service agency partnerships, which provide coordinated services for short and immediate-term customized care, targeting client growth, development and self-sufficiency.

More than 336 supporters attended this exciting event. Dennis Hewitt commented: “This dance event was on of the closest competitions we have had, with more than one half of the tables sold by the dancers. People come to see the dancers dance for a good cause.”

Among guests were Lois Bucker, Paris and Penny Donehoo, Karen and Dan Fox, Mary Hewitt, Steve and Colleen Slauffaches, Juan and Erma Figueroa, Dr. Doris Poulos and Dr. Angelo Bravos, U46 Superintendent Jose Torres and wife Isabel, Mark and Robin Seigle, Paul and Jean Bednar, and Luis and Judy Cabrera, to name a few.

Places to be scene

Bear Necessities invites you to share in their 20th anniversary “Bear Tie Ball” on Saturday, March 9, from 6 p.m. to midnight, including cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The event will be held at the UIC Forum in Chicago, corner of Halsted Street and Roosevelt Road. Valet parking is available. Black tie is preferred and purple finery is encouraged. It’s their biggest Bear Tie Ball ever to benefit families battling pediatric cancer. For more details, call 312-214-1200, extension 32.

You’re invited to “Extravaganza Experience”, Saturday, March 16. The event, sponsored by Elgin Academy, will be held at The Stonegate, 2401 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates and will include an auction at 5:30 p.m., dinner and dancing. Black tie is optional. This is a must attend event! For more information, call 847-695-0309, extension 257.

Elgin Image Awards are March 21 at The Centre on Symphony Way in Elgin. For more detailed information, call Cherie Murphy at 847-931-5667.

The YWCA Leader Luncheon will be held Thursday, May 9, at The Seville, 700 Barrington Road in Streamwood. The reception is at 11 a.m. with luncheon at noon. You’re invited to nominate those who demonstrate outstanding leadership, achievements and contributions to our community. For details, call 847-742-7930.

Drury Lane presents “Sunset Boulevard”, the story of faded movie star Norma Desmond (Christine Sherrill). The plot centers around the glory days of silent movies (many will remember the original movie).

The play tells of many Hollywood stars who cling to their faded youth and tarnished fame. I was amazed at each of the actors and actresses. They all had excellent voice training. The audience never missed a note or the projection of their voices. Drury Lane Theater is located at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. For information, call 630-530-0111. Definitely a must see!

Community Crisis Center invites you to attend a silent auction and dinner at the Q Center, 1405 Fifth Avenue (Route 25) in St. Charles, on Saturday, March 9. The silent auction and cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. For more detailed information, call 847-742-4088.

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