We want to thank the community for their attendance and support of the Elburn and Countryside Community Center’s first annual Jinglepalooza event, held Friday evening.
The Elburn Herald has hosted its annual Candyland event—in which we create a life-sized Candyland game for area kids and those who are kids at heart—for 18 years. Up until this year, Candyland was part of the Elburn Christmas Stroll event. When that event changed dates to Thanksgiving weekend, we had to choose between forcing our employees to come in during the Thanksgiving holiday to build Candyland in preparation for the Elburn Christmas Stroll, or merge our event with the first annual Elburn and Countryside Community Center’s Jinglepalooza on the traditional first Friday of December.
We chose the latter, and we are happy to report that the attendance exceeded everyone’s expectations.
We had hundreds of children play life-sized Candyland, and there are few greater things we experience each year than a child’s eyes light up as they round the bend through our Peppermint Forest and see the entirety of Candyland before them—all in life-sized splendor.
We had hundreds of adults accompany those children, and their children’s joy was clearly contagious, as the entire evening was filled with smiles and positive comments.
We owe a lot of people a lot of thanks for helping make Candyland the best its ever been in 2014. To the Community Center’s Senior Exercise Group, we want to thank you for volunteering to help at Candyland, and we hope to see you next year. To our fellow organizations and businesses who also participated in Jinglepalooza, such as MidTown Martial Arts, Creative Beginnings Preschool, GTP Activewear, Fox Valley Wildlife Center, Jazzercise, Hope Anglican Church, Elburn Jewel, Elburn Economic Development Corporation and Elburn American Legion, we want to thank you for being wonderful partners and helping the overall event be such a success.
To all the crafters filling the gym with wonderful items, many of which already committed to next year’s event, we want to thank you for your dedication to your craft and your participation in the event.
To those who decorated a wreath for the Community Center’s wreath auction, thank you for donating your time and decorative items to help raise money for the center. As a tenant of the Community Center, we know how much every dollar counts, as the center receives no money from tax revenue or any outside source. So thank you to those who bid on the wreaths, as it is your dollars that help the building maintain itself and continue to improve.
To Santa and his elves, thank you for spending time with our community’s children; we know it’s a busy time of year, what with building all of the presents for the entire world going on, so we appreciate the time you spent with us.
To the Community Center, we want to thank you for pulling all of us together for a wonderful holiday-season evening. There are so many people behind the scenes working to make sure everything came together—volunteer administrator Kristen Damolaris, Community Center Board President Pat Leyden and the staff of Leyden Electric, as well as board members Bill Brauer, Dan Hannemann and Brian Herra, who each came and did their part to make sure the whole event was a success.
Our biggest thanks of all goes to everyone who attended, everyone who brought their children and spent their family time with us enjoying the holiday season. We can’t wait until next year!