Baseballs on Parade

By on March 20, 2009

Bank sponsors Elburn art project to promote village, local businesses
by Martha Quetsch
On parade—Cows in Chicago, Huskies in DeKalb, Adirondack chairs in St. Charles, bicycles in Geneva. What’s next?

Baseballs in Elburn.

Nathional Bank & Trust Co. (NB&T) is sponsoring Baseballs on Parade to promote the business community, bring visitors to the village and celebrate the bank’s one-year anniversary in Elburn.

“We tried to look beyond the traditional celebrations for something that would be fun and unify the community, something that the village could grab onto,” said Tami Armstrong, NB&T vice president of marketing. “And baseball has a broad appeal.”

Baseballs on Parade is a community art project that celebrates summer, family and the community, Armstrong said. Local businesses may participate by purchasing a 12-inch concrete baseball to decorate themselves or by an artist, and to display from May 1 (Opening Day) through Aug. 1 on their premises. The bank will promote the baseball displays by printing a map of their locations to bring residents and out-of-town visitors into Elburn businesses.

Armstrong said NB&T welcomes designs that are original and vibrant, and reflect the community of Elburn.

Baseballs on Parade will culminate during Elburn Days with an auction of the baseballs, with proceeds to benefit the Elburn Baseball and Softball Association and Kaneland High School scholarships for graduating seniors.

Local businesses may purchase one of the baseballs for $75, which is the cost to NB&T for each. Then, they can return them to the bank to auction off during Elburn Days to benefit the organizations previously mentioned.

Businesses that want to keep the baseballs may buy them for $125, with $75 of the price going to the charitable auction recipients.

NB&T is coordinating Baseballs on Parade in conjunction with the Elburn Chamber of Commerce and the village of Elburn.

To purchase a baseball for Baseballs on Parade, fill out an application and submit payment to The National Bank & Trust, Baseballs on Parade, c/o NB&T, 930 N. Main St., Elburn, IL 60119. Baseballs will be available for pickup at the Elburn branch. For more information, call NB&T at (630) 365-3335.

Draft, Spring Training Party
5 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 26
National Bank & Trust Co.
930 N. Main St., Elburn
Local businesses can find out about the art and commercial promotion program in Elburn, and purchase a 12-inch concrete baseball to decorate for the summer-long display.

Photo: Patti Vlieger’s Art Club at Kaneland High School will paint and decorate a 75-pound concrete baseball which is part of the Baseballs on Parade community art aand business project. The baseball will be painted by the class and auctioned off at Elburn Days. Art Club members from left to right are Molly Lambert, Alyssa Novy, Shanna Adams, Cassie Yankula, Sonja Issacs, Jessie McHenry and Alex Morefield. Photo by John DiDonna