Thanksgiving is an ideal occasion to join to give thanks for our bountiful blessings. One of the longstanding traditions in our community is the Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon where we reach out in true gratitude and friendship.
We invite you and your colleagues to join us on Tuesday, November 26 for our 39th Annual luncheon to reaffirm our combined commitment to family, neighbors, and community. Our program will weave "thanks" and "giving" through storytelling and we do hope that you are able to join us as we begin the holiday season through this longstanding tradition.
We will also sing the praises of five unsung heroes in our community. These special volunteers are the very fabric of our community, providing guidance and leadership to organizations in Elgin and South Elgin. Local service clubs and non-profit organizations will also be recognized at this non-denominational luncheon as they provide critical programs and services to our neighbors.
Award-winning volunteers, who were nominated by local non-profit agencies, will be recognized for their achievements by the group's Enhancing Elgin committee.
Our featured speaker this year is Elgin Veteran Craig Essick, a member and former Commander of the American Legion Post 57. He is a retired Streamwood police sergeant and member of the U.S. Army for 32 years, including 11 in active duty. Essick will share his service as commander of detention operations for Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
Joining him will be retired military veteran, past Post 57 commander and Elgin City Councilwoman, Rose Martinez, sharing the 100th anniversary of the American Legion Post 57 this year.
This year, in addition to our featured speaker, we will give much deserved thanks to local service organization volunteers who have gone above and beyond for our non-profit community. These award-winning volunteers, who were nominated by local non-profit organizations, will be recognized for their achievements by our Enhancing Elgin Committee:
Jeanne Fox, Salvation Army
Maria "Chayo" Topete, Well Child
Steve Stauffacher, PADS
Celebration of the American Legion's 100th Anniversary
The Community Thanksgiving Luncheon will feature networking from 11:30 to noon followed by a buffet luncheon and program until 1:15 pm. Table centerpieces will be provided by School District U-46 students. The day's program will be emceed by Elgin Area Chamber board chair Tony Sanders and president Carol Gieske.
Thank you to our sponsors for the event, Shales McNutt Construction, Advocate Sherman Hospital, and Elgin Community College.