Friday night, as they granted over $36,000 to nine different local organizations for sixteen separate programs, all which will enhance the quality of life for those living in our community.
The LCF celebrated their third year in existence, with a gala dinner and fundraising silent auction last Friday evening at the spectacular Lionscrest Manor (owned by Bob and Leona Forsberg). The elegant meal (hors d’oeurves, salad, and chicken on a pillow of mashed potatoes, with a marinara sauce) was catered by Spice of Life Catering, owned by Lyons resident Dan Bruckner. The decadent desserts were created by Jamie Markin owner of the Buttercream Bakery of Lyons, Dale Katechis, owner of Oskar Blues, supplied the beer. Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by local musicians Ash Ganley and Terry Kishiyama, who perform under the name Los Fear of Shrimp (you’ll have to ask them), and photographer Jennifer Schumacher captured the goings-on for posterity.
The grants ranged from $500, to $10,000 and the recipients were a broad range of organizations: Sounds of Lyons, Clarifier Project, Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 9Health Fair, Basic Needs and Emergency Fund, Lyons Food Bank, Lyons Community Church, LES – Positive Behavioral Support, Lyons Golden Gang, Steve Ralston Scholarship Fund, Historical Society – Video Project & Kids Camp, Student Activists Program, Lyons Youth Baseball/Softball Association, Lyons Arts & Humanities Council, Lyons Garden Club, and LMHS Band Program.
The evening’s silent auction raised thousands of dollars from items donated by dozens of local residents, artists, and businesses. There were vacations, lodging, dinners, jewelry, art, and services all being hotly vied for by the Lyons hoi polloi, dressed in their glad rags. It was truly a great, inspiring evening. Many thanks go out to all of those in the community who made it possible. Be sure and mark your calendar for next November; this is the type of event that makes Lyons such an incredible place to live.