Elgin Home for the Holidays: Nov 10-16

ehfth14You better not pout or cry because we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of this week’s Elgin Home for the Holidays events for you to unwrap.

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 includes a roll of the dice to support the efforts of a vital community non-profit, chamber performances by a renowned area youth symphony orchestra, and a Christmas tree auction that can help brighten the lives of those afflicted with mental illness while simultaneously brightening up your home for the holidays:

pads-logoLet the good times roll on Friday, November 14 at 6:30pm at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 330 Griswold Street in Elgin, at the PADS of Elgin Bunco Tournament. Join them for a night of fun and friendly competition. Enjoy two rounds of dice tournament play as well as dinner and soft drinks. Prizes will be given out for most wins, most losses and most Buncos. No experience necessary! Tickets are only $25.

30th-anniversary-logoOn Saturday, November 15 beginning at 9:30am at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, give the gift of literacy this holiday season. The Literacy Connection’s Volunteer Tutoring takes only 1-2 hours per week to work with adults who need to improve their reading or English skills. You do not need to be a teacher or to speak a foreign language to tutor. You only need to be 18+ years old and able to read, speak and write English. They have 130+ people on their waiting list for a tutor. You could help an adult with limited English discover their full potential and make a profound positive impact on his or her life, resulting in a rewarding experience in your own life.

festoftreesThere’s only a few days left to enjoy the Ecker Center for Mental Health‘s annual Festival of Trees Display at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin. These elegant, charming and fascinating trees will continue to be displayed at the library thru Friday, November 14 at noon and are sponsored by individuals and organizations and decorated by volunteer designers/decorators.

Ecker_Festival_of_Trees_Logo_2014Then on Saturday, November 15 beginning at 5:30pm all of these beautifully decorated trees will be sold to the highest bidders at the annual Festival of Trees Auction at the Marriott Northwest, 4800 Hoffman Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. Enjoy a sparkling evening of fun, exquisite culinary service, live and silent auctions, raffles, prizes, live music and, of course, the stars of the show…the trees! 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.

EYSO_performanceOn Sunday, November 16, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra performs their annual Chamber Music Institute concerts at Elgin Community College‘s Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin, with performances at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm and 5:30pm. The concerts feature EYSO students in small chamber ensembles. The event is free and open to the community!

EACContinuing now 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.

Our friends from the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau want to remind you again 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.

We would also like to thank everyone who shared in the holiday cheer at our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off event on Saturday, November 14 at Gail Borden Public Library. If you missed the event, please feel free to browse our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off Facebook photo album.

Special thanks to:

- Our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays co-chairs, Brittany Mitchell and Elaina McCalmont for all of your time, dedication and hard work on this year’s program;

- Elgin Young Professionals Network members Elissa Kojzarek, Christina Pearson, Jason Pawlowski, Kari Christensen, Saul Acevedo and Justin Budd for your volunteer service at the event;

- All of the Gail Borden Public Library staff, lead by EYPN Board Member Stacy Michel;

- All the participating Elgin area non-profit organizations who joined us for our non-profit expo;

- Elgin Children’s Chorus, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Voices for providing the musical entertainment;

- Elgin 360 Photography Club photographer Paul Conarty for manning the holiday photo booth;

- United Way of Elgin for coordinating the Reading with Mrs. Claus activity;

- Jim & Becky’s Horse & Carriage Service for providing the holiday horse drawn carriage rides along the Fox River;

- Brian Fletcher of the Daily Herald for helping promote the kick-off event as well as the November and December calendar of events.

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: 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:

NOVEMBER 2-DECEMBER 31
Holiday Wish List
Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
Donation Drive

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

NOVEMBER 3-14
Festival of Trees Display Benefitting Ecker Center for Mental Health
Gail Borden Public Library
Free Event

NOVEMBER 8
Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off
Gail Borden Public Library
1-4PM
Free Event

NOVEMBER 8
United Way of Elgin’s Reading with Mrs. Claus
Gail Borden Public Library
1PM
Free Event

NOVEMBER 8
Literacy Connection 30th Anniversary Celebration
Grand Victoria Casino
6PM
Ticketed Event

NOVEMBER 14
PADS of Elgin Bunco Tournament
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
6:30PM
Ticketed Event

NOVEMBER 15
Literacy Connection Volunteer Tutor Training
Gail Borden Public Library
9:30AM
Free Event

NOVEMBER 15
Ecker Center Festival of Trees Auction
Marriott Northwest
5:30PM
Ticketed Event

NOVEMBER 16
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Institute Concerts
Elgin Community College Spartan Auditorium
1, 2:30, 4 & 5:30PM
Ticketed Event

NOVEMBER 17-25
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
Donation Drive

NOVEMBER 22
Literacy Connection Volunteer Tutor Training
Gail Borden Public Library
9:30AM
Free Event

NOVEMBER 23
Chanukah Bazaar
Congregation Kneseth Israel
9AM-12PM
Free Event

NOVEMBER 26
34th Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon
Elgin Community College UBS
11:30AM
Free Event

NOVEMBER 28
Holiday Craft-O-Rama
Gail Borden Public Library
2PM
Free Event

NOVEMBER 29
Small Business Saturday
Downtown Elgin Businesses
Free Event

NOVEMBER 29
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.

Elgin: Home for the Holidays 2014 Introductory Meeting

ehfth14For the second straight year, Elgin Young Professionals Network is excited to present Elgin: Home for the Holidays, an endeavor which brings together dozens of area organizations in a collaborative effort to promote all of the wonderful holiday events Elgin’s non-profit community has to offer.

We invite representatives from all Elgin area non-profit organizations to join us for our EHFTH 2014 kickoff meeting on Tuesday, June 17 at 2pm at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in the Elgin Room.

The meeting will be lead by our two new EYPN co-chairs for EHFTH 2014, Brittany Mitchell of PADS of Elgin and Elaina McCalmont of Little Angels Center for Exceptional Care. The purpose of the meeting will be to brainstorm new marketing and promotional ideas for the 2014 campaign as well as potential new programming and attractions for the 2014 EHFTH kickoff at Gail Borden Public Library in November, which annually attracts thousands of visitors.

Elgin Home for the Holidays is a shining example of how organizations working in collaboration can unite and strengthen each other as well as the Elgin community.

To RSVP for our June 17 meeting or for more information about how you or your non-profit organization can get involved with Elgin: Home for the Holidays 2014 or the Elgin Young Professionals Network, please e-mail ElginYPN@yahoo.com.