The Harvard chamber has always been known to be “the front door to the community” and after this past month we continue to be proud and amazed by our community.
As many of you know, our past President Barbara Rowe has been ill for a short time and is now in need of a new kidney. After speaking with her husband, Dick, I learned that even if you sell insurance for a living, no amount can ever prepare you for the ongoing medical bills and other financial burdens that come with a disease.
We knew we had to do something and reached out to the community, businesses, friends, family and strangers to help raise enough money to help the best we could. A small core group of volunteers worked together to organize and plan two fundraisers that included a spaghetti dinner at the Harvard Moose Lodge and a meat raffle at Bopp’s Bar & Grill. We set a goal of $10,000 and have raised $9,618.96.
There are so many people to thank that came out, donated their time, money, and items to make the past two events very successful. We wish we could thank each and every one that contributed in some way but gratefully there are too many of you to list. Thank you all again for your generosity and making Harvard such a wonderful place to live and work. Donations are still being accepted at The Harvard Savings Bank, 58 N. Ayer St. Make your donation payable to the Barbara Rowe Benefit Fund.
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On April 6, the Harvard chamber will be hosting its annual Business Showcase and Community Garage Sale at Crosby Elementary School, 401 Hereley Drive, Harvard. We have demonstrations scheduled throughout the day, including the Harvard High School band, Jason the Roping Cowboy, River City Chorus, Harvard Fire Protection District puppet shows, high school madrigals, and autograph session with our state champion wrestler. The Harvard Savings Bank will bring its shredder and the McHenry County Historical Society’s “James Bus” will be available for tours.
Door raffles will be held all day, along with Bingo and a chance to win a 32-inch flat screen TV.
Business Showcase times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Harvard chamber members and exhibitors are invited to a networking opportunity on from 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 during set up. Food and beverages will be provided.
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We would Like to welcome our newest chamber members: Mutt Luv Dog Grooming, Thirty One with Consultant Robin Baker, Melson Contracting, 3GM Consulting LLC, McHenry County Recorder, Jon Pagles Design, Brennecka & Son’s Construction and Hoove’s to Heal.
• Crystal Musgrove is executive director of the Harvard Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 815-943-4404.