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 20 and 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.
Our featured speaker is Ken Franceze, Principal with Lee & Associates of Illinois and volunteer with our Elgin Development Group. He will share his story of surviving a plane crash on May 7, 2018 as a passenger in a recently restored World War II single-engine torpedo bomber airplane. Franceze and the pilot were bringing the TBM Avenger plane home to Illinois from California when its experienced engine failure over the mountainous terrains in the White River Reservation near Fort Apache, Arizona. You’ll hear Ken’s harrowing story of survival, his gratitude and the power of prayer.
We will also sing the praises of 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 and it is our pleasure to say, “thank you” to them for all they have contributed. We will also recognize local service clubs and non-profit organizations at this non-denominational luncheon as they provide critical programs and services to our neighbors.
The Community Thanksgiving Luncheon will feature networking and music 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 Mike Warren of ROI and president Carol Gieske.