Doing push-ups for Little Friends
What happens when you combine a good workout with a good cause? It becomes great.
That was the case Aug. 16 at Midwest Fit Club when they hosted Big Push-Ups for Little Friends, a 24-hour push-up marathon. It is the first time the Naperville health club took part in the all-night exercise to benefit Little Friends of Naperville, a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
“Midwest Fit Club is always looking to be good partners in the community,” said Matt Butterfield, of Mac Strategies Group. “Events such as Big Push-Ups for Little Friends is our way of giving back to Naperville, as a big thank you to all the area residents who have supported us since we opened in 2011.”
Participants were asked to pledge $5 each, and for every push-up completed, Midwest Fit Club donated a nickel. With more than 325 people taking part in the challenge, that’s a lot of change.
“In total, we raised $5,160 for Little Friends,” Butterfield said. “... (We) hope to do something on this scale once a year from here on out.”
For information on other ways to support Little Friends or to make a donation, visit www.littlefriendsinc.org/SupportOurMission.cfm
Bye, bye Summer
Survivor Games a welcome tradition
While most kids are sad to see summer coming to an end, almost 70 Naperville children view it as a celebration, one that lasts a whole week.
That’s because the end of summer means the start of Survivor Games, an annual summer tradition hosted by the Kucharski family last week at their south Naperville home.
“We love the anticipation of a last summer hurrah,” said the mom. “It’s just so fun to think of new games that will have the kids screaming with excitement.”
Kucharski said the event gives kids the opportunity to try things that they wouldn’t normally do in their backyards. Things like smashing eggs in buckets, taking part in a “yucky” food competition, and getting inside a dunk tank are just few of the challenges the kids enjoyed.
“I want them to see that it only takes a few cones, buckets, water balloons and a creative mind to have fun with friends, anywhere, anytime,” she said.
“The kids learn great sportsmanship and respect for each other as we have kids ranging in age from 5 to 12. It’s teamwork at its finest.”
In the end, the Laser Unicorn Farm team took first place, edging out the Hobo Marshmallows on the last day of the competition. Team members include Anna Garrone, Amelia Winter, Maddie Loughran, Drew Massie, Alyssa Kohl, Lindsey Kohl, Caitlyn Chapple, Marissa Kucharski, Alina Garber, Autumn Richmond and Anthony Elkareh.
Listen to the music
Impromptu group gathers Saturdays
Whoever said nothing in life is free hasn’t been to the Riverwalk on Saturday morning. When strolling in downtown Naperville, across from Nichols Library, take a moment to enjoy the sights and sounds of some amazing musicians.
“Every Saturday morning my husband, Frank, and I walk the Riverwalk,” longtime resident Judy Galvin said. “One of the highlights of this walk is the impromptu group of musicians who gather at the covered area by the river across from the library. “They’re mostly retired folks who play hand-clapping, toe-tapping music using guitars, banjos, basses, washboards and fiddles.”
No need to buy a ticket for this eclectic concert. In addition, you might be asked to join the band.
“Once when I was singing along with them, the guy playing the washboard coaxed me to play along; they’re a fun and friendly group,” Galvin said. “The morning musical group adds to the attraction of the Riverwalk.”
Gov. Pat Quinn has proclaimed Oct. 9 as PANDAS/PITAND/PANS Awareness Day.
It’s been a long time coming for PANDAS Parent Support Illinois co-founders Wendy Nawara and Debbie Padgett, who have dedicated their lives to raising awareness for PANDAS, or Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus.
“It is our hope that the proclamation will lead to increased awareness throughout the general public, in schools and amongst the medical community,” said Nawara, of Naperville. “A state-supported proclamation screams out, ‘We are here. We are real. We are not going away. And we need your help.’”
Nawara and Padgett founded the group that includes more than 100 families. They said they are “thrilled to be given this day of recognition so that we can also reflect on the collective journeys we’ve taken, and so that we can see how far we’ve come.”
To learn more about PANDAS, visit pandasnetwork.org.