Community Corner: A thank you from Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters

by Denise Blaszynski
President, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters

The autumn season, specifically Thanksgiving, is the perfect time of year for reflection—a time when we are thankful for what we have and what we have been given.

The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters is thankful for the great work that has been achieved this fall. What many people may not realize is that most of this achievement would not be possible without the support and dedication of hardworking parent and student volunteers.

The Boosters would like to express their overwhelming appreciation to the following individuals for sharing their time and talents with our organization. From the heat and humidity of a late summer evening to a cold, damp night in October, the following community members braved the ever-changing elements at our football candy table. Thank you to Lois Kral, Teresa Witt, Valeria Mass, Judy Lopez, Shevon Ramirez, Sheila Albano, Laura Keske, Michelle Klecka, Colleen Weiberg, Sue Speckman, Laura McPhee, Kathy Zoppa, Dee Withey, Lisa Eaves, Jacque Bridge, Jennifer Matias, Trisha Mills, John Purnell, Joe Blaszynski, Sara Mitchinson, Jillian Mitchinson and Ally Mitchinson. We could not have done all of this without the behind-the-scenes work from Robin Urich for purchasing the candy, and Matt Gale, JoAnn Krueger and Trisha Mills for the setup for the evening.

There were even more opportunities for parental help throughout this fall season. It was 9 p.m. on a cold, wintry Friday evening in Almost, Maine, and magic can be seen in the twinkling lights of the Aurora Borealis. That magic of Kaneland High School’s fall play, “Almost, Maine,” was due in part to the many parents who helped with donating food and beverages for the cast and crew, coordinating meals for Tech Week, or donating time at each of the performances at either the will call or star table, as an usher, handing out programs or working in the box office. Thank you to Rose Miller, Anne DiSandro, Maggie Heinzer, Kristi Grams, Jay Grams, Tim Hayman, Darla Hayman, Kelly Gallagher, Tiffany Swain-Bolden, DeJon Bolden, Ryan Koeppen, Trisha Mills, Mike Miller, Charia Bolden, Gloria Swain, Jane Lynn, Lisa Eaves, Dani Hayman, Carol Tindall, Matt Gale, Kara Morris and Spencer Serwin. Thank you to Cathy Shaver for coordinating the box office and the volunteers for the play—an incredibly huge undertaking.

This Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Kaneland Harter Middle School will present “Crumpled Classics,” a series of plays within a play. It’s a comedy treat sprinkled with outrageous takes on some very familiar characters, such as Romeo and Juliet, the Phantom of the Opera, Holmes and Watson, and more. Donated baked goods and candy will be sold at the concession table run by parent volunteers.

Parental involvement is one of the key pillars in any nonprofit organization. Whether you donate your time or your talents, the key to our success rests in our volunteers. For more information about the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters, please send an email to info@knightmusic.org.

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