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Lakeside thanks volunteers, sponsors for festival efforts

The 33rd Lakeside Festival at Lakeside Legacy Foundation in Crystal Lake started on June 28 and took place over four fun-filled days. The festival is our most important event for the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at the historic Dole Mansion to celebrate the arts, education, and preservation of local history!

We once again succeeded in providing great financial support to our mission and vision of creating a world-class art center. We supremely thank the numerous volunteers and community groups for their tireless efforts. The 2012 festival marked one of the warmest and the most-attended summer events. This would not have been possible without support from sponsors, volunteers and participants.

Fest draws volunteers from the Crystal Lake Jaycees led by Yvonne Piarowski and other Jaycee shapters; the Prairie Grove Band coordinated by Kathy Krepel; the Prairie Ridge High School hockey team led by Doug Pierce; Boy Scout Troops 168 and 550; the Crystal Lake Rowing Club; Devon Hubbard and the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals; Marian Central High School; Central’s varsity basketball team coached by Rich Czeslawski; Crystal Lake Women of Today; Carl Davis and the Crystal Lake Noon Rotary; and all other community volunteers.

The service from these folks is astounding considering the unprecedented heat! Many assisted in trash collection, parking management, wristband and drink sales, beverage service, and carnival tickets.

Virginia Howley serves as the volunteer interior design director. Ginny, and the other docents, have run tours during the festival for 10 years now, and Lakeside appreciates their assistance in extending this unique opportunity to the community.

Lakeside’s board and staff support the festival in many ways. Thank you to Sarah Schrempf, Lynn Lourie, Jim Coughlin, Kathleen Woolley, Erv LeCoque, Jason Lembke, Tyler Lewke, Patricia Lutz, Jim Gioia, and Ron Russell for their support at the Fest. Lakeside also thanks the staff: Erin McElroy, Amber Washington, Ingo Betz, Virginia Howley, Kevin Dalby, Jessica Dvorcek, Jorian Lewke, and Patricia Bell.

The festival committee is led by Chairman Ron Russell and is made up of Kim Veugeler, Alex Krause, Brenden Cohen, Jake Palka, Drew Whitman, Bob Barton, Sandy Green, Bill Hanson, Kara Repsys, Bruce Woolley, Kathleen Woolley, and Chip Whitman. Lakeside thanks this group for coordinating such a successful event. Lakeside greatly appreciates the wisdom, talent and leadership from Ron Russell and Chip Whitman, who year after year give their time to provide Crystal Lake and the surrounding communities a top-notch festival.

Lakeside would like to thank L&V, a longtime community partner, and owner Don Lewis Sr. and L&V employees Chip Parker and Rob Rokusek for their support.

We extend our great appreciation to the Crystal Lake Police and Fire Departments, which helped the Fest stay safe and family friendly. Lakeside Fest’s closing day began with the annual Independence Day Parade ending at the festival grounds. Thank you to the parade organizers from the Crystal Lake Lions Club and Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, led by Gary Reece, Laura Witlox, and all of the countless Chamber staff members and community volunteers along the parade route.

Lakeside would like to thank the executive director of the Crystal Lake Park District, Jason Herbster, and his staff for the magnificent fireworks display that contributed to Sunday’s entertainment.

The festival presenting sponsor, Sage Products Inc., has once again made this festival possible, and we extend our deepest gratitude to them and other numerous festival leadership level sponsors, including Home State Bank, the LeCoque Family Foundation, ICON Building Group, Herrick Auto Rebuilders, Innovative Home Concepts, Safari Childcare, Crystal Lake Bank and Trust, the Northwest Herald, Auto Tech Centers, Courtesy Buick/GMC, McHenry County Living, All Over Media, Embroidme, Minuteman Press, Star 105.5 and Y103.9. Lakeside also thanks the Baggo Tournament sponsors, festival guide advertisers, and other event sponsors.

The Taste of the Lake would not have been possible without great restaurants; Lakeside thanks the food vendors for their participation.

We cannot forget the esteemed Crystal Lake City Council, led by the honorable Mayor Aaron Shepley, to whom we owe great gratitude. Lakeside also appreciates the support from neighboring Village of Lakewood President Erin Smith and Lakewood’s Board of Trustees.

Lakeside is celebrating 10 great years and welcomes the community to explore all we have to offer. Join us on Aug. 3 for our First Friday gallery exhibit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring art and music. Bring your family out for a free opportunity to engage their artistic senses.

For more information on Lakeside Legacy Foundation, visit or contact Lakeside at 815-455-8000.

• Patrick Coen is president of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation Board of Directors.

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