Based on the numbers, Elburn Days 2009 proves successful
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Elburn Lions Club treasurer Alan Lee has been running the Elburn Days beer gardens, a big money-maker for the club, since 2003, and also has been the organization’s treasurer for several years. Lee said he is confident that this year’s Elburn Days was profitable.
Although it rained Friday evening, the entire event was not affected by storms as some past festivals have been, with fair weather reigning the remainder of the weekend.
â€œAll in all, it turned out a lot better than we expected,â€ Lee said.
Lee said sales overall were good from tickets to vendors, but the Lions have yet â€œcrunch the numbersâ€ and determine costs for the event.
Lee said the car raffle had an exceptional year; all tickets were sold before Friday of Elburn Days. In addition, the Lions Beef Stand had its best year ever, and the Beer Garden sales eclipsed the record year of 2005.
Lions volunteer Pam Hall helped to raise donations in a financially difficult year and was able to secure new businesses reflecting an increase of 11 percent in sponsorships from the prior year, Lee said.
The Lions donate most of the festival profits to organizations benefiting seeing and hearing-impaired individuals, and to other charities.
â€œWe are very fortune the community supports our charities,â€ Lee said. â€œIt is a compliment to all our volunteers.â€
Profits from an event held during the festival, the St. Gall’s rummage sale, were high, sale coordinator Annette Theobald said. The rummage sale made about $9,000, which is better than what it has brought in the last few years, she said.
The St. Gall’s rummage sale proceeds support church programs and projects.