by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”More than 120,000 people from 49 states, as well as other nations, visited Sugar Grove during the week of the Solheim Cup. Five years of planning culminated in an international event that everyone is likely to remember for years to come.
The impact from the event was felt far from Sugar Grove. Trustee Kevin Geary said he was in a restaurant recently in San Diego wearing his Sugar Grove Corn Boil T-shirt, and a woman came up to him to ask about the Solheim Cup.
â€œShe said from the TV, that Sugar Grove looked like a lovely place to be,â€ Geary said.
The Solheim Cup organizers, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), offered free admission to anyone who brought four items of non-perishable food for the new Sugar Grove Food Pantry. Trustee Melisa Taylor, organizer for the food pantry, said that more than 1,500 pounds of food was collected that day.
Taylor added that when Prom Catering, the catering service that provided the food for the Solheim Cup, realized what was happening, they donated six large vehicles of food they had not sold during the days. Taylor said she and others were able to bring tons of food to Hesed House, Lazarus House, Interfaith Food Pantry and the Kendall County Food Pantry.
She said it was gratifying that the people organizing an international event such as the Solheim Cup were cognizant of the community in which the event was held.
Village President Sean Michels said that more than 8,000 hotel rooms in the Fox Valley area were booked for the event, and 1,900 articles were written that mentioned the Solheim Cup and Sugar Grove.
â€œThe economic impact on Sugar Grove was huge,â€ Taylor said.