Piglets on parade
Bank, other businesses support community with fundraising pigs
by Paula Coughlan
ELBURNâ€”The National Bank and Trust Co. in Elburn has adopted out piglets to area businesses for decoration and community fundraising.
CeCe Rocha, bank manager, said the 17-by-21-inch, hollow, ceramic piglets were adopted by 36 area businesses on March 18 at an adoption party at National Bank and Trust. Each business has decorated its piglet with a different theme and will have it â€œon paradeâ€ at their business through the end of August.
The adoption fee for each piglet was $125, and the bank will give the proceeds to Kaneland High School for use in its arts program.
In 2009, the bank sponsored Baseballs on Parade, which were decorated by area businesses and displayed for several months, then auctioned off during Elburn Days.
â€œThis year the bank chose piglets because of their agricultural aspect in our farm community,â€ Rocha said. â€œThe piglets, which are real piggy banks, will be kept by their adoptive parents, who can use them to collect funds for a charity of their choice.â€
If you visit the bank at the corner of Route 38 and Main Street, you can see what a piglet looked like before adoption and view two that have been decorated. Or, drop by Paisanoâ€™s Pizza & Grill in downtown Elburn and meet piglet Chef Suey, with his red bandana and red apron. The money dropped in Suey will go to the Kane County 4-H Foundation and Kaneland High School Art Scholarships.
If you like jazz, visit Dizzy the Piglet in the window of the Elburn Market downtown. He is decorated in purple with paintings of jazz musicians, sporting a reed in his mouth, a black beret and sunglasses. Dizzy was painted by artist Megan Cline.
For more information on Piglets on Parade, contact Rocha at (630) 365-3336.
Dizzy the Piglet is on display at Reamâ€™s Elburn Market as part of National Bank and Trustâ€™s fundraiser for the Kaneland High School Arts Program and Kane County 4-H. Photo by Ben Draper