Our prom dress giveaway was a huge success...thanks to so many people. We set up Friday and counted over 900 dresses (not all prom material!). We gave away over 210 dresses to girls from Batavia, to Chicago, Stevenson, Oswego, Normal, Geneva, St. Charles, Shabonna, Wheaton, Mooseheart, Aurora, Metea, Lemont, Mt. Prospect, and more!!! Seeing the girls smile, dance, cry and take photos of their dresses made some of us cry too! They left with dresses, shoes, jewelry, purses and a chance to win raffle prizes from Lisa Mack and her donations of Tocara Jewelry and Lilla Rose Hair Accessories. We even made it on WBBM radio to get some advertising and it did bring some girls to us!
In addition, we gave away over 400 dresses to other groups helping our community, as the
library does not have room to store all these dresses!!! We gave 140 outdated/"theater-worthy" dresses to All Dressed Up, and 14 to be used for Madrigals. About 150 dresses went to My Daughter's
Dress, a new group in Oswego who has a prom drive on April 7. We gave about 90 to Wayside Ministries in Aurora, where people can shop for free. The Clothes Closet will get about 30 short and long
dresses. We invited 2 special needs groups to shop. And a teacher from East Aurora came by and told us about their prom drive collection, so we invited her to come at the end to fill her car with
well over 100 dresses!!! We were thrilled with the day, and all the girls and groups we can help.
A HUGE thank you to:
*The Batavia Public Library administration, and staff for all your help and support to let us use your space, store dresses, collect dresses, help with set up and clean up! THANK YOU!!!!
*Mark Anderson and the BPS101 staff that picked up the dress racks from AGS, delivered them to the library, put them together, and returned them to AGS
*AGS for loaning us all your dress racks!
*Cassandra Hinkle for being our seamstress and taking dresses for Madrigals
*Sheri Simonetti for taking gorgeous photos for our prom flyer
*Lori St. Vincent for making the prom flyer
*Ministerial group for sharing our flyers with your congregants
*Everyone who donated dresses, purses, jewelry and shoes
*Lisa Mack and her $400 of raffle donations to Tocara Jewelry and Lilla Rose Hair Accessories
*Ashley Murtaugh for organizing all the volunteers and keeping the day moving and organized. You are the BEST!
*All the volunteers who helped at the event:
Lindsey Williams and mom
Keli Novak and mom
Greg and Blake Spitz
THANK YOU BATAVIA and EVERYONE who helped, donate, support...people stopped in to see what was happening and were amazed our community can do this....we knew we could do this because we have THE BEST COMMUNITY!
20 BPS101 students recently had the chance to “Shop With a Cop” (or Batavia firefighter) at the Walmart Batavia - N Randall Rd. The annual "Shop With a Cop" event is organized by Batavia Police Officer Chris Potthoff and Chip In Batavia to help families in need with holiday gifts. The students were paired up with a Batavia police officer or Batavia firefighter to help them select gifts for themselves and family members. The gifts—all generously donated by Walmart— were then wrapped by volunteers at "check out." Anne Rudd organized all the volunteers and all wrapping materials to wrap every gift and label them, too! Also during the event, families got to do crafts together and were treated to cookies and juice, compliments of Walmart. The event was a big success and created special memories for these BPS101 students and their families. Thank you Batavia Police Illinois, Batavia Fire Department, the great volunteers and Walmart.
Together with St. Vincent de Paul, ReHome Center, Abbey Farms, Furniture Dollies, many donations, volunteers, 3 Batavia football players, Batavia United Way Adopt a Family, and our awesome community, we helped move a family out of a motel and into their own home. We are thrilled to see them start new adventures in their own home.
Batavia High School and Aurora University graduate Jackie Rakers just made the holidays extra special for five BPS101 families.
Jackie, now the educational programs and volunteer coordinator at Abbey Farms in Batavia, worked with Abbey Farms to donate Christmas trees to five BPS101 families in need. Additionally, Jackie coordinated with local vendors and individual donors to make sure each family had a tree stand, tree skirt, lights, ornaments, several gifts for under the tree, and gift cards from Jewel Food Stores.
“Out of the blue, Jackie called CHIP IN and wanted to know if she could help some local families in need during the holidays, and she did everything to make this happen. She is wonderful!”
Thank you Jackie, Abbey Farms, Jeff and Ben, and all of the companies and individual donors who came together to brighten five homes in our community this holiday season.
Batavia United Way organized the yearly Adopt a Family program, and adopted 114 Families and 255 children in BPS101. CHIP IN helped with bags of fresh produce, and bags of toiletries for each family Here is the information for the Adopt a Bag.
Batavia Woman's Club is also collected items to make Christmas Stockings for every child! They made a stocking for every child filled with snacks, gum, candy, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and chapstick. They had a lot of help from girl scout troops, students in BPS101, youth groups, church groups, and book clubs. THANK YOU Batavia Woman's Club!
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Batavia and Geneva sold Batavia vs. Geneva “Competing for a Cause” T-shirts in September to benefit Ava Warriors, Chip In Batavia, and Bulldogs Unleashed. Each limited-edition T-shirt was $15 and available in small, medium, large, and extra large sizes. All proceeds from T-shirt sales will be donated to Ava Warriors, CHIP IN Batavia, and Bulldogs Unleashed.
Batavia, with the help of a great team in the INCbator class, sold $8,000 worth of T-Shirts! $3,000 went to CHIP IN, and $5,000 to Bulldogs Unleashed. The team will work with an artist to paint a 44" giant fiberglass bulldog to represent the team, and those classmates, parents and siblings who have passed away. WAY TO GO BULLDOGS!
A huge thank you to Catherine Kien and Sue Sokolinski for holding an online Usborn Books and More sale. All their profits - over $200 - went towards purchasing new books for CHIP IN. In addition, a donation was made to spend another $123 to get more books at 1/2 price. 32 adorable, new books, will be distributed to our pre-school and kindergarten students who are coming to BPS with very little exposure to reading. They will be at the Title One schools for teachers to use with our struggling readers for their nightly reading. THANK YOU SO MUCH Catherine and Sue.
Business council, dropped off shoes, gift cards and money raised from a recent Kane County
Cougars fundraiser. BWIB organized a Cougars game to raise money to purchase back to school shoes for CHIP IN Batavia, to distribute to families in need. The total value raised was $1000. "The
Batavia Women in Business were happy to help and will look forward to their next fundraiser where they will be collecting toys for their annual holiday toy drive."
Thank you SO MUCH Batavia Women in Business!!!!
Johnni Zabka, from Spirit Corner, kindly donated over $700 worth of spirit wear and PE shirts to CHIP IN! From hoodies, to short and love sleeve shirts, glitter t-shirts for little girls, and everything in between. Thank you so very much Johnni, for donating year after year. Please visit SpiritCorner whenever you want spirit wear, team apparel, camp wear or clothes with bling! They have it all. www.spiritcorner.com
The Batavia Bicycle Commission works with several other groups to distribute donated bicycles to local students and families in need. CHIP IN and The Batavia Rotery Club donated money in 2015 to get the progam started. The funds went toward the cost of inspections and repairs to get the donated bikes in working order and into the hands of the students/families. The Commission works with CHIP IN Batavia to identify students/families with input from BPS principals, counselors and staff. All Spoked Up is the drop off point for donated bikes. They inspect, repair and fit each bike to its intended recipient. Many local organziations such as the Batavia Woman's Club, Immanuel Lutheran Church and CHIP IN Batavia have helped to get the word out about the need for donated bikes. Klem Uhl, a local man who collects and repairs bikes donated many bikes to the Bikes for Batavia program. Please contact the Batavia Bicycle Commission or CHIP IN Batavia with any questions. They would love any donations of bikes in rideable condition, helmets and locks. We also take training wheels, and bikes for special needs.
So far the Bikes for Batavia prgram has distributed over 300 bikes to BPS101 students and adults whose only transportation to work is a bicycle We have worked with St. Vincent de Paul, Lazarus House and ReHome Center to give bikes to people in other towns. If we get bikes that can not be fixed, we donate them to Working Bikes in Chicago, who fix/build bikes to send around the world to underdeveloped countries.
Appolo Development & Investment, LLC
Batatia Woman's Club
Batavia Mother's Club
Batavia Fire Department
Batavia Police Department
Congregational Church of Batavia
1st Baptist Church of Geneva
1st Congregational Church of Geneva
Alan and Sheila Morgan
Alma J Karas and Yang-Ling Zhang
Anna and Paul Adams
Anne and Joe Purpura
Baird and Warner
Batavia Bunco Babes
Batavia Chamber of Commerce
Batavia Chamber Women in Business
Batavia Covenant Church
Batavia United Methodist Church
Batavia Vikings Ring Lodge #18
Bethany Lutheran Church
BHS Cheer Team
Calvary Episcopal Church
Craig and Joyce Elliott
Daisy Troop 2029
Daniel and MaryKay Dowling
David and Cindy Morgan
David and Laurie Lundborg
Dean Alan Design
Douglas and Stephanie Bery
Drs. Crosby, Martin and Kolinski
First State Bank
Fox Family Birthday Parties
Fox Valley Orthopedics
Gregory Olson and Katherine Kratzer
Howard and Harriet Bernstein
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Kane County Cougars
Lincoln Park Zoo
Marotta Family Birthday Parties
Mary and Virden Von Qualen
McDonald's Walkers and Talkers Club
Pam and Doug Bellm
Prairie State Packaging
Rejoice Lutheran Church
RMS 7th graders
Shear Ambition Hair Salon/Freddy Martinez
Tanya Albers/DoughNation Bakery
Taylor Rental Party Plus
Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva
Woodridge Park District
Zano Salon and Spa
Many people who donated prom dresses, gift cards and clothes through facebook requests!
We are always looking for individuals, groups, churches, service agencies...anyone who wants to help!! You can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on how to participate, please contact us.