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Saturday January 28th Crystal Lake Holiday Inn Crystal Lake IL was brimming with excitement anticipating an evening enjoyment good food

Saturday, January 28th the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, IL, was brimming with excitement, anticipating an evening of enjoyment, good food and supporting one’s favorite dance team. Pictured is Team One, Dr. Dorie Poulos and Dr. Angelo Brovos,

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Updated: March 27, 2012 8:17AM

PADS’ Winter Harvest fundraiser had its biggest year yet, as more than 350 guests helped celebrate the sixth-annual event.

The dancers were divided into teams: Team One (the winners), Dr. Dorie Poulos and Dr. Angelo Brovos; Team Two, George Rawlinson and Chris Danzi; Team Three, Teresa Britton and Gregorio Posada; Team Four, Amy Edwards and Gary Skott; Team Five, John and Peggy Fahy; and last, but not least, Team Six “The Spartan Five” consisting of Dr. David Sam, Patricia Lloyd, Vany Wells, Valerie Repasky and Cellia Lopez.

Honorary co-chairs for the event were Ed and Karen Schock. And spotted among the more than 350 in attendance at the event were City Council Members John Steffen, Richard Dunne, Anne Moeller and Tish Powell. Also in attendance were state Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, and Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin. “The attendance was just outstanding. We are extremely grateful for the way the community came out to support us,” said Dennis Hewitt, executive director of PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter).

Dancers raised more than $21,000. Video of the dance event is available on Facebook “PADS of Elgin, Inc.”

ECC Founders Day

The 14th annual Founders Day Brunch was held at Elgin Community College on Jan. 29. More than 225 enthusiastic guests enjoyed a champagne reception, brunch and program held in the Fox Valley University and Business Center.

Event chair Larry Jones gave a warm welcome to guests. During the brunch, well-known pianist Linda O’Connor presented a selection of familiar songs. Awards and recognitions were introduced by Larry Jones. Diane Stredde presented Sandra Miller the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The Friend of Education Award went to Leo Nelson and was presented by Robert McBride. Lasting Impact Awards were presented by Dr. David Sam and were given to E.C. Mike Alft, Harry Blizzard, Jerry Cain, Phyllis Folarin, H.H. Hormozi and Robert Siljestrom.

“It was such a wonderful time to support our scholarships,” said Katherine Sawyer, CRFE executive director. “A very positive energy was felt by all who attended.”

2012 Cotillion Ball

The Schaumburg Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., in partnership with Profit Through Knowledge Inc., a not-for-profit group, will co-sponsor its first Cotillion Ball: Jewels of Distinction with Brilliance and Character.

The ball is a formal affair and will highlight 18 students as debutantes, junior debutantes and escorts. While a celebration and grand affair, the ball marks the completion of a vigorous program designed to prepare the debutantes for entrance and success in society.

The sponsoring organizations both focus on helping the underserved youth, families and individuals in the community. Each year, they partner to raise scholarship funds to assist college-bound minority students. This year, they plan to raise $10,000 to assist area high school seniors. As a result of efforts such as the Cotillion and in the past the Ebony Fashion Fair, they have been able to award over $45,000 in scholarships to high school seniors since the 1990s.

This year’s Cotillion Ball is essential to the success of the college fund. The event will be held at the Schaumburg Marriott Hotel in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, April 21, with the reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. For more information and to find out how you can support this event, call Anita Bishop at 847-687-4089.

History in fashion

In true Elgin Junior Service Board (JSB) fashion, the ladies celebrated 80 years of “Volunteering for a Better Tomorrow” at Elgin Country Club. On Jan. 19, more than 40 associates, along with current members, welcomed four new provisional members to carry on the legacy of JSB: Erika Hintz, Charlene Sligting-Doud, Laura VanDerSnick and Amy Zapata.

JSB president Elisabeth McCoy extended a warm welcome to all attendees who came from near and far for this special night of celebration. Beth Zylstra gave a heartfelt prayer opening the evening, which was followed by updates of the various JSB service projects. The evening was also the kick-off to the JSB Follies, a bi-annual fundraiser chaired by Nikki Hutcherson. This year’s Follies will be held on April 27 and 28 at the Hemmens Cultural Center in downtown Elgin. If you would like to support this historical non-profit, or if you would like to be a member of the Follies cast, please visit their website at for sponsorship and audition opportunities. Tickets are on sale now.

On Saturday, May 12, The Elgin Choral Union will celebrate its 65th season. The event will take place at the Elgin County Club on Weld Road. For more detailed information, contact Donna Hopp at 847-695-0056.

Places To Be Scene

The Auxiliary of Sherman Hospital invites you to attend their 48th Masquerade Ball on Saturday, March 3, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 155 North Thoreau Drive in Schaumburg. Call 847-742-9800.

Women’s History Month Brunch will be celebrated on Saturday, March 10, at Randall Oaks Country Club, 1401 Binnie Road, West Dundee. The cost is $15. Lynn Rymarz will present the life of the American artist Mary Cassatt. For reservations, call the YWCA at 847-742-7930.

All are invited to the YWCA’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Elgin Community College. The event is being co-sponsored by the YWCA, ECC and the Illinois Small Business Development Center. There will be presentations on marketing, legal guidelines, business plan development and more. You can browse the vendors, gather knowledge from the speakers, enjoy a delicious lunch and take advantage of the networking opportunities. For more information, call the YWCA of Elgin at 847-742-7930.

The annual search is on for contestants for the Mrs. Illinois America Pageant. State finals will be held March 24 at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. To obtain the official 2012 Mrs. Illinois America Pageant application, write or phone Classic Pageants Inc., 2615 W. 35th St., Oak Brook, IL 60523. Call 630-325-4305.

A teen you know could be the next winner as Classic Pageants presents 2012 Miss Young Teen (12 to 15 years old) and 2012 Miss Illinois Teen (16 to 19 years old). To obtain free applications, write or call Classic Pageants at 630-325-4305. State finals will be held at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. The State Pageant will be held March 24.

The Elgin Junior Service Board and YWCA Elgin are bringing the community Cinderella’s Closet, a prom boutique where high school girls “shop” thousands of gorgeous gowns for a prom dress and accessories. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the YWCA Elgin, 220 E. Chicago St. Dresses are in current styles and in good condition; many are brand new with tags. To shop, simply show a valid student ID or proof of high school enrollment. A $5 donation is appreciated; 100 percent of the donations will support the YWCA Elgin’s Educational programs. Please visit or for more information or call the YWCA Elgin at 847-742-7930. Please be sure to review the “shopping rules.” Hope to see you for this magical event.

The American Heart Association announces its Go Red Community Expo at the Q Center in St. Charles on May 18. The counties of Kane and DuPage invite you to make it your mission to fight heart disease.

The YWCA Elgin is gearing up for the 29th Annual Leader Luncheon that takes place in May. The Leader Luncheon provides an opportunity for business, industry, community organizations and individuals to honor women by recognizing their leadership and contributions in categories such as the Arts, Business & Professions, Communications/Technology, Education, Public Service, Social Services and Volunteer & Community Service. The YW is accepting nominations. Forms are available at, and they are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, March 22. If you would like more information, call the YWCA Elgin at 847-742-7930 or visit

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