The Sugar Grove Corn Boil organization uses part of the proceeds from its annual summer festival to benefit several local organizations that help the community.
On Oct. 21, the Corn Boil 2011 Planning Committee recognized many of those organizations. This year, it distributed nearly $10,000 from the festival among the following groups: Between Friends Food Pantry; Kane Co. Sheriff; Kaneland Cheerleaders; Big Rock Park District; Kaneland John Shields School; Clown Ministry; Sugar Grove United Methodist Church; Sugar Grove Community House; Sugar Grove Historical Society; Calvary West; Sugar Grove Park District; Elburn Scout Troop No. 7; Village Bible Church; Sugar Grove American Legion Post No. 1217; Sugar Grove Senior Center; West Towns; and St. Katharineâ€“Drexel Catholic Church.
Additionally, the committee recognized the Jim Wilhem Family for their outstanding contribution to the Corn Boil and will place a bench in their honor on public property in Sugar Grove.
Corn Boil also has enabled other community groups to benefit through participation in the festival. The Sugar Grove Fire Fighters Association has sold beer at Corn Boil for years, using the funds it raises for community fire safety awareness programs; burn victim summer camps; and Fire Department equipment.
The Sugar Grove Library Friends hold their annual Used Book Sale in the multi-purpose room of Kaneland John Shields Elementary school. The sales enable Friends to focus public attention on library services, facilities and needs; support development of library services, education programs and facilities; and provide funds for the purchase of materials and equipment.
The Sugar Grove Park District sponsors the Corn Boil 5-K. This is a 3.1 mile (USATF certified #IL-04086-JW) course on residential streets. Park District programming benefits from the proceeds of this event.
The wildly popular Bingo tent is located near the school gymnasium. The Bingo tent has several host organizations: Kaneland McDole PTO; Kaneland (KMS-KHS) Music Boosters; Kaneland Harter Middle School PTO; and Kaneland Peer Leadership Group.
The Sugar Grove Lions Club has long been the sponsor of the fireworks for the annual Corn Boil. The Lions are known for their programs to test and give assistance for people with vision difficulties.
Thank you to our visitors, volunteers, vendors and to 2010 Platinum Sponsors: Daily Herald; Elburn Herald; Genoa Pizza; Hind Trucking; J & S Construction; Kane County Chronicle; Kaneland School District; MetroLift; Microtax; Provena Mercy Medical Center; Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Sugar Grove Fire Department; Sugar Grove Police Department; Union of Painters and Allied Trades; village of Sugar Grove; Waste Management; WYPS FM Radio; GOLD SPONSORS: Hix Brothers Music; and Mediacom Communications; to Silver Sponsors: Com Ed; Engineering Enterprises Inc.; Harris Golf Cars; Healy Chapel; Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, P.C.; and Waubonsee Community College; to Entertainment Sponsors: K B Sales; Volkman Insurance Agency Inc.; and Blue Peak Tents; and to Special Friends: Castle Bank; Hollywood Casino; Jewel-Osco; Sugar Grove Library Friends; Sugar Grove Public Library; VisionFriendly.com; Friends: Donald Fee, D.D.S., Ltd.; St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church; and Sugar Grove Animal Hospital.
For more information about the Corn Boil, please visit www.sugargrovecornboil.org or call the Sugar Grove Events Hotline at (630) 466-5166, and follow us at twitter.com/SGCornBoil, myspace.com, sugargrovecornboil.org, and visit Sugar Grove Corn Boil on Facebook.
The Corn Boil committees meet throughout the year to plan for the events for the next Corn Boil. Event staples include a carnival, fantastic bands; local talent; arts; crafts; bingo; great food including tons, literally tons, of corn; and of course the fireworks. Save these dates: July 29, 30 and 31 for Sugar Grove Corn Boil 2011, where friends and family come together to have fun.
Beverly Holmes Hughes
SG Public Library Director
Letters continued on page 6A