• Elgin Fideliter Club presents donation in honor of Szpekowski

    The Fideliter Club of Elgin, one of the area’s longest established charities founded in 1882, recently presented a monetary donation of $15,000 to Food for Greater Elgin. The donation was given to assist the Milk2MyPlate program. 

    It was presented with added recognition to the club’s emeritus member Pat Szpekowski, APR, president of PR Strategies & Communications, Inc./PmS advertising, inc. in Elgin. A long-time supporter of the club and member since 2002, she served as Fideliter Club president in 2010, chair of the club’s annual Fideliter Charities Gala in 2009, and continues as publicity co-chair with Betty Brown of Elgin. 

    “We are pleased to continue our support of Food for Greater Elgin,” said Judy Hanlon, Fideliter Club president, “and to also recognize Pat, who is a role model and example to women in leadership. She has patience, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude and her volunteer contributions are outstanding.”

    Szpekowski is an active community member. She is currently a board member of the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce; WIM Fox Valley, which she co-founded in 1984; the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association; and chair of the Community Leadership Board of Amita Health Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin. She also serves as special events chair of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce. 

    For her work as an accredited  public relations (APR) professional and freelance writer, Szpekowski has received recognition from the Catholic Press Association; Illinois Woman’s Press Association; National Federation of Press Women; and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association.  She has received many community leadership awards, including the Elgin Community College Lasting Impact Community Award; Elgin YWCA Marguerite Henry Award for Communications/Technology; and Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Relations from the PRSA Suburban Chicagoland Chapter.. 

    The main objective of the Fideliter Club is to provide monetary assistance to local nonprofits whose primary focus is feeding children in the Fox Valley. Through its annual Fideliter Charities Ball and raffle donations, the organization raises funds to support four area nonprofit organizations: Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, Food for Greater Elgin, Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. 

    The Fideliter Club of Elgin is proud of its focus on feeding children in the Fox Valley.  “In addition to our club’s cash donations,” added Hanlon, “our members volunteer their time each month at one of our designated nonprofits, which the club considers partners in their mission.”
    The Fideliter Club of Elgin was founded in 1882 by dedicated women who gathered food and clothing to distribute to the needy. They assisted in many other charitable endeavors throughout the community. In 1885, the Charity Gala was initiated to help the organization’s philanthropic needs. 

    “This past year we, like everyone else, had to cancel our direct contact meetings and social gatherings including our annual Gala,” said Hanlon.  “We have scheduled  August 28,2021,  at Eagle Brook Country Club  for our 132nd Charities Gala.  Al Sophia will furnish the music for dining and dancing. We are very proud and thankful for our devoted sponsors who have helped us reach our goal of $50,000 without the 2020 Gala.” 

    For more information about the Fideliter Club, the Fideliter Charities Gala, and sponsorship support and donations, contact Bonnie Henn-Pritchard at 817-879-5358.