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Many thanks to Collier House supporters

I apologize for delay in updating. Between planning fundraisers, the holiday celebrations, my amazing daughter Jessa visiting from Alaska, my darling grandson Rylin here, and my travels, I have been derelict in my blogging duties,

We had a very successful Spaghetti Dinner on Nov 3 thanks to the strong support of our community. In my heart, I realize that these community gathering events would not be possible without the sacrifices made by our military to protect our freedoms.

With tremendous thanks, the Board of Directors and officers of COLLIER HOUSE appreciate the VFW hosting our event. Thank you for supporting our mission to bring peace to the world, one family at a time.

I want to thank the 2012 SPAGHETTI DINNER PRODUCTION CREW! Without all of your time, effort, support, cheerleading, background work, advertising, auction prep, our dinner would not have been such a success! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I am also amazed by the musical talent of Joe Cantafio. Thank you, Joe, for spending your Saturday night singing for us. You rock!

“Just Duet” once again entertained our dinner crowd with their wonderful musical talent. Ladies, you are blessed with great talent and I appreciate your sharing your evening with us. Thank you!

In addition to the production crew, I would like to thank all the local businesses and artists who supported the auction with donations:

Boone Creek Golf Center, Carol Urban, Chris Campo of Fantasy Factory, Classic Cinema,   “C” You at the Movies, Camp Bow Wow, Chapel Hill Florist, Claws and Paws, Crystal Lake Olive Tap, Crystal Lake Barnes and Noble, Culver’s, D15 ECE Team D15 OT/PT, D47 OT/PT staff,    Eckel’s Flea Market, Epic Bikes, Expressly Leslie, Foxhole Pizza, Gail Schneider, Illinois State Bank,   Karen Fuechsl, Karen Kingsbury, Kiera Confections, Laurie Jacobs, Linda and Bill Schuberth, Linda G’eez, Lorraine’s Memories Scrapbooking Shop, Marita’s,   McHenry Ed’s Rental, McHenry Harley-Davidson, McHenry Tae Kwon Do Academy, McHenry Starbuck’s, Nye’s Auto, O’Grady’s Barber Shop, Pet Central, Plum Garden, Poul’s Landscaping, Rave Waves Detailing, Read Between the Lynes, Riverside Chocolates,   Salon Unique, SEDOM CENTER OT/PT staff,     Stonewall Orchard Golf Course, , Sweet Pea Cupcakes, Swiss Maid Bakery, The Sugar Circle, Tropical Stop Tanning Spa, Verlo Mattress,   Victoria Rose B&B, Woodstock Harley-Davidson, Woodstock Interiors Anew, Woodstock Thoughtfulness Shop, World Wide Traveler.

I also want to thank the generous folks who bid on the auction items, came to dinner and made donations the COLLIER HOUSE. Without the financial support of the community, we would not be able to continue our mission to provide free respite housing for families in crisis.

But mostly, I want to thank my wonderful family. which has carried me through this journey to COLLIER HOUSE.   May the sacrifice of Collier and our military never be taken for granted. 

Peace… a way of life,


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