Letter: A thank you to those who made ‘Knight of Fun’ a success

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On Saturday, March 9, the Kaneland Sports Boosters hosted our annual spring fundraiser, “Knight of Fun” Trivia Night and Silent Auction. I am extremely humbled to write that over 60 companies, businesses and individuals contributed to the fundraiser, and over 150 supporters attended to help raise over $9,000 to help support the Kaneland sports programs.

The purpose of the Kaneland Sports Boosters is to provide our athletes and coaches with the “extras” that the school budget cannot fund. Each year, the Boosters provide tens of thousands of dollars of raised funds to enhance our sports programs at Kaneland High School and Kaneland Harter Middle School. Over the past year, we have purchased: new bench shelters for Kaneland soccer; new goal posts at Peterson Field; a new sound system in the KHS gym; ImPact Concussion Assessment software for all high school athletes; a new pole vault pit; standards and mat system; new wall mats for the main gym; new basketball backboards for the main gym; lodging and transportation for our State-qualifying athletes and teams; and many other important equipment needs.

Additionally, we make an annual $1,000 donation to Special Olympics and award four $1,000 scholarships awarded to graduating Kaneland seniors.

None of these funding needs would be met without the generous support of our “Knight of Fun” supporters. We would like to thank the following supporters for their contributions and help at the “Knight of Fun” Trivia Night and Silent Auction: Anderson Fitness Studio, Aquaviva Winery and Market, Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Big Bob’s Flooring, Bliss Creek Golf Club, Bootlegger’s, Calamity Jane’s, Carolyn and Mike Komel, Casey Crosby, Cathy and Mike Peters, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cindy Miller, Crown Community Development, Debbie Clinton and Shaklee, Debbie Richards and Big Fat Soap, Delnor Health and Wellness, Division One Fitness, Doug and Jeanette Jorgensen, Dr. Harry and Cheryl Krauspe, Elburn Car Wash, Elburn Liquors, Goodenough & Sons, Harner’s Bakery, Harris Golf Cars, Hughes Creek, Kane County Cougars, Kaneland High School sports teams and coaches, Kaneland Harter Middle School sports teams and coaches, Laurie Hannula, Leyden Electric, Linda Kelley with the KHS Athletic Office, Mardi Gras Lanes, Mari Johnson, Mark Bushnell with Trotter and Associates, Massage Envy, Matt Hernandez/Waste Management, Nora Fleming Company, Old Second Bank, Out’n About Dog Care, Paisano’s Pizza, Papa G’s, Pat and Dan Graceffa, Pepsi Co., Prairie Farm, Ream’s Elburn Market, Renee Rodriguez and “Let’s Talk Cafe,” Scott and Melanie Kuhar, Shanne Kuipers, Sign FX, Slamans Construction, Snap Fitness, State Representative Kay Hatcher, Sugar Grove Park District, Sweet Treats, Synergy Kettlebell, Village Liquors, Willie and Donna Bishop, Wiltse’s Landscape and Lawn Care, and the many Sports Booster members who committed long hours to making this event a success.

On behalf of the Kaneland Sports Boosters and the Kaneland High School and Middle School athletes and coaches who receive the funding for their sports programs, we would like to say thank you. We could not have done this without your generous support.

Ryan Delahanty
President, Kaneland Sports Boosters