Letter: Elburn Chamber contributes to Kaneland Students

On May 26, at the Kaneland High School awards night, I was granted the honor of presenting two Elburn Chamber of Commerce scholarships of $1,000 each to students who identified areas of concern to the Kaneland community and proposed viable solutions for addressing them.

Scholarship winner Grant Alef will attend the University of Minnesota and major in engineering, and scholarship winner Brock Feece will attend Millikin University and major in music education.

The Elburn Chamber of Commerce raises money each year through a Winter Dinner complete with silent auctions and raffles for the sole purpose of providing these scholarships. There is no fund generating interest. The dinner is open to the public, but it is mostly attended by chamber members themselves who dig into their own pockets for the auctions.

Even though these last few years have been rough on small businesses, the chamber has made it one of its highest priorities to contribute to the education of students. It has been said that human beings are often at their best when things are worst, and yet, I am always delightfully surprised to see it—and in this case, to be part of it.

Gary Augustine
Elburn Chamber of Commerce