Elgin Home for the Holidays: Nov. 1-8

ehfth14Once tricks and treats give way to snow covered streets, you know the holidays can’t be far behind. So why not come home for the holidays…to Elgin?

This year’s Elgin Home for the Holidays promotion, co-sponsored by the Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library, features 23 area non-profit organizations cross promoting nearly 40 holiday events sure to fill the brisk Elgin air with the warming spirit of the season.

This week’s slate of Elgin Home for the Holidays events include a donation drive, a landmark anniversary celebration, the return of a beloved Elgin Christmas tradition, a holiday concert by one of Elgin’s most treasured performing arts institutions and more:

EYSO_performanceOn Sunday, November 2, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra opens up the 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays calendar of events with their Things That Go Bump concert at Elgin Community College‘s Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin, with performances at 2pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Things that Go Bump is a concert filled with music of the dark side, featuring works of Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Mussorgsky, and more

EACBeginning Monday, November 3 thru the end of December 2014, the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Holiday Wish List. Many area non-profit organizations are in need of essential, basic necessities from office supplies to equipment while others could benefit from financial donations or simply the gift of your volunteer service. You can find a complete list of items needed as well as the organizations in need by visiting the Elgin Area Chamber office, 31 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, during regular business hours. You can also contact them at (847) 741-5660 for more information.

festoftreesAlso beginning Monday, November 3 at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, Ecker Center for Mental Health presents their annual Festival of Trees Display. These elegant, charming and fascinating trees will be on public display at the library thru Friday, November 14 and are sponsored by individuals and organizations, decorated by volunteer designers/decorators and later sold at the Festival of Trees Auction on Saturday, November 15 at the Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates. Proceeds benefit the Ecker Center for Mental Health. For more information or to purchase your tickets for the Festival of Trees Auction, visit www.FestofTreesElgin.org.

Kickoff_HorseCarriageWe will officially launch the 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays campaign on Saturday, November 8 from 1-4pm at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, at the Elgin Home for the Holidays Kickoff Extravaganza. Ring in the holiday season in Elgin with free horse drawn carriage rides outside the library along the Fox River, live holiday entertainment, a non-profit expo featuring this year’s EHFTH participating non-profit organizations, kids’ craft activities, Reading with Mrs. Claus – presented by United Way of Elgin, and the Ecker Center Festival of Trees all at this free, fun holiday event. The Elgin Home for the Holidays Kickoff Extravaganza is co-sponsored by Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library.

30th-anniversary-logoLater on the evening of Saturday, November 8 starting at 6pm, the Literacy Connection invites you to help them celebrate their landmark 30th Anniversary at Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin. The fundraising event includes speaker Rob Shindler – author & adult literacy advocate, plus a buffet dinner & cash bar, and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $75 each and available at www.ElginLiteracy.org. Business attire.

Also our friends from the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau want to remind you that this year you can turn your holiday trip to Elgin into an affordable weekend getaway! Holiday Inn Chicago Northwest ($84 per night) and Hampton Inn Chicago/Elgin ($79 per night) are offering special room rates for the holiday season when you mention “Elgin Home for the Holidays” when you book. Stop in between all the holiday events to recharge, escape from the cold or relax in the pool. Restrictions apply. Not applicable with any other offer or discounts. Based on availability and must call ahead to make reservations.

For a complete and detailed listing of all of this year’s Elgin Home for the Holidays events or to find out more about the participating non-profit organizations, visit www.ElginHomefortheHolidays.com.

Elgin Home for the Holidays is Coming to Town

ehfth14It’s beginning to look a lot like…well, you know how the rest goes.

Elgin Young Professionals Network, in conjunction with Gail Borden Public Library, is once again privileged to present Elgin Home for the Holidays.

This year’s cooperative marketing initiative unites 22 area non-profit organizations in the spirit of collaborative promotion of all the holiday events the Elgin community has to offer.

The Elgin Home for the Holidays campaign is highlighted by the annual kick-off extravaganza on Saturday, November 8 from 1-4pm at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin. The kick-off event features horse drawn carriage rides, Ecker Center’s Festival of Trees exhibit, non-profit expo, photos with Santa, kids craft activities, holiday entertainment and much more!

Below is a list of the holiday events and donation drives taking place in the month of November:

Holiday Wish List
Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
Donation Drive

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Things That Go Bump
ECC Blizzard Theatre
2, 4:30 and 7:30PM
Ticketed Event

Festival of Trees Display Benefitting Ecker Center for Mental Health
Gail Borden Public Library
Free Event

Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off
Gail Borden Public Library
Free Event

United Way of Elgin’s Reading with Mrs. Claus
Gail Borden Public Library
Free Event

Literacy Connection 30th Anniversary Celebration
Grand Victoria Casino
Ticketed Event

PADS of Elgin Bunco Tournament
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Ticketed Event

Literacy Connection Volunteer Tutor Training
Gail Borden Public Library
Free Event

Ecker Center Festival of Trees Auction
Marriott Northwest
Ticketed Event

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Institute Concerts
Elgin Community College Spartan Auditorium
1, 2:30, 4 & 5:30PM
Ticketed Event

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
Donation Drive

Literacy Connection Volunteer Tutor Training
Gail Borden Public Library
Free Event

Chanukah Bazaar
Congregation Kneseth Israel
Free Event

34th Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon
Elgin Community College UBS
Free Event

Holiday Craft-O-Rama
Gail Borden Public Library
Free Event

Small Business Saturday
Downtown Elgin Businesses
Free Event

Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Magical Disney Experience
Hemmens Cultural Center
1:30 & 6:30PM
Ticketed Event

For a complete list of events and participating Elgin area non-profit organizations, visit www.ElginHomefortheHolidays.com.

October 2014 Meeting Minutes

cropped-eypn1.jpgTuesday, October 21, 2014 6:00pm
Bennigan’s Bar & Grill
495 Airport Rd, Elgin,

Board Members Present: Becky Hardekopf, Krisilee Murphy, Jason Pawlowski, Christina Pearson, Elissa Kojzarek, Aaron Cosentino

Members Present: Elaina McCalmont, Kari Christensen, Andrea Fugitt, Justin Budd, Saul Acevedo, Ann Leider, Emily Tyler, Shalina Wozny


Krisilee Murphy, Board Vice President, facilitated the meeting and welcomed the group.

Elgin Home for the Holidays Update

Elaina McCalmont, Elgin Home for the Holidays Co-Chair gave an update on this EYPN ran initiative. Non-Profit participation is up from that last two years and has a total of 22 participants. The Annual Brochures have been printed and we have copies for everyone to help pass out. If you need more please contact, Krisilee Murphy.

We are still in need for volunteers for the Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off on Saturday, November 8th at Gail Borden Library. If you would like to help then please reach out to Elaina (Elaina@little-angels.us) directly. Since this is an EYPN ran event we ask that all members try to come. Families are welcome! For more information on Elgin Home for the Holidays please check out the new website created by Board Member Jason Pawlowski at www.elginhomefortheholidays.com

Fall Cash Mob

The group decided that Brittain’s Express Oil and Lube would be a great business to host our next Fall Cash Mob. They not only provide oil changes but also car washes. We should have a November date for everyone shortly. As, soon as we send it out we ask for everyone to please help us spread the word. www.brittainsexpressoil.com

New for 2015 – Dues

We will start collected dues in 2015. The dues will be used to upkeep the website and work to further the group’s reach in our community. $25 will be collected every year for all members. This money will also be used to help us track who is an active member in the group. For the $25, all members will receive the following: Elgin Young Professionals Network T-shirt, Email Communications, Member Only Social Event, Opportunity to participate in the mentor program, First look at job postings, Assistance in board placement (if interested). Other benefits can/will be added as the year goes on.

New Mentor Program

Our 2014 Mentor Program was a success! We would like to continue the program in 2015 and expand it to be able to include more members. A file is being developed to help everyone decide if they would like to have a mentor, be a mentor or maybe wait until next year to participate. As soon as the form is completed we will email it out. We will have an update at the meeting. Please note, the mentor program is what you make of it. Some pairs meet on a monthly basis and have an agenda, while others met when schedules allowed and used the time to get to know each other. Both formats are great. 


Also new in 2015 we will start committees to cover all aspects on the EYPN group. We are hoping everyone will want to get involved in one way or another. The more you put in, the more you can get out. Below are the committees that will be formed. Committees will meet as needed. We will be asking members to sign-up at the November meeting so think about which committee you would like to join.

    1. Volunteer
    2. Social
    3. Marketing
    4. Mentor Program
    5. Professional

Community Opportunities

Here is a list of community events and opportunities taking place in the next couple of weeks. We invite everyone to participate as much as possible. The more EYPN is out in the community the more people will start to recognize us.

    • HOTI Design Open House (10/24)
    • Zombie 5K : Boys & Girls Club of Elgin (10/25)
    • Nightmare on Chicago Street (10/25)
    • Elgin High School -Clumsy Chef Culinary Program’s Thanksgiving Meal (11/6)
    • City of Elgin Youth Scholarship Race (11/7)
    • Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off (11/8)

Tentative 2015 Meeting Schedule

January- Village Squire
February- Nick’s Pizza
March- TBA
April- TBA
May- Member Social (TBA)

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 18th at 6pm

Meeting Adjourned at 6:50pm

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Security/Bouncer


Martini Room is the premier lounge, nightclub and entertainment venue in the northwest suburbs. We offer a unique martini roomChicago-style lounge atmosphere with a friendly staff, great martinis and fabulous customers!

Of course, Martini Room is known for great martinis and an intimate atmosphere. Our menu features more than 50 martinis, which combine to create the best top-to-bottom martini menu in all of Chicagoland.




Martini Room in Elgin has openings for Security/Bouncer positions for Friday and Saturday shifts.

Requirements: Previous industry experience, excellent customer service skills, great personality.

This position is for individuals 21+.

Must be able to pass background check.

Email your resume to office@martiniroomelgin.com with your contact information.

Martini Room
161 E. Chicago St.
Elgin, IL, 60120

Join Us at Our October EYPN Meeting

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting will be Tuesday, October 21 at Bennigan’s in the Holiday Inn, 495 Airport Road at 6pm.

This event is open to anyone interested in joining or learning more about the leadership building and community service opportunities available with EYPN.

Among the topics to be discussed will be Elgin Home for the Holidays, upcoming volunteer opportunities, socials and more.

Our meetings are informal so we invite you to come for the meeting and stay for dinner and friendly conversation with some fantastic young professionals.

Please RSVP on Facebook or e-mail Board Vice President, Krisilee Murphy, kmurphy@northernfoxrivervalley.com for more details.