Inaugural Elburn Chowdown a success
ELBURN—The weather, the people, the board of directors—everything and everyone came together to make the inaugural Chowdown at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center a success.
The event, which took place on Sunday, served several purposes—it was a community picnic, a tool to help build awareness in the Community Center, and also the kickoff for the “Adopt-A-Window” program.
Volunteer program director Kristen Damolaris said she was incredibly happy with the turnout for the event.
“It’s more than I expected,” she said. “And the generosity of the sponsors has been incredible.”
Along with a visit from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, music, martial arts demonstrations and a chance to put a picture on a wanted poster or an Elburn Herald front page, a pig roast meal was available thanks to a number of sponsors.
“The whole (Community Center) board was here, and the turnout was more than I expected,” Damolaris said.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” board member Brian Herra said.
Board president Pat Leyden credited Damolaris and Leslie Flint of the Elburn Herald, a tenant in the community center, with putting the event together.
“They came to us with the idea, and the board gave their blessing,” Leyden said. “We need to have more events like this.”
Leyden said proceeds from the event will benefit ongoing renovation of the building.
“It’s going slowly,” Leyden said.
Ryan Wells, Elburn Herald owner and publisher, and a Community Center board member, said events like the Chowdown are good for visibility.
“There’s a misconception that the Community Center is publicly funded,” Wells said. “There is no tax money helping us out.”
The event also served to kick off the center’s “Adopt-A-Window” campaign. With more than 60 windows that need to be painted, caulked and resealed, funding is needed. Windows may be adopted for $100 each, and sponsors will be recognized with a plaque in the building’s front foyer.
Before the Chowdown ended, Damoloris said she had four window adoptees, and was confident in several more.
For more information on available office space, renting space for events or meetings, or to adopt a window, contact Damolaris at (630) 365-6655.