Last week’s gridiron matchup of Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley high schools wasn’t the only competition to play out for the District 204 rivals. Apparently, there was one that was a bit sweeter.
In its second year, Miss Joan’s Cupcakes of Naperville sponsored its own War of 204 by selling Warrior and Wildcat cupcakes, delicious treats decorated in butter cream frosting to match to each school’s colors.
And like the Friday night game, Neuqua proved victorious.
“The cupcake War of 204 is something we started last year, and our customers had so much fun with it we decided to do it again,” owner Joan Selitzky said. “It was a great day in the shop Friday. We were constantly changing the score throughout the day and posting it to our Facebook page. In the end, NV came out ahead and fun was had by all.”
With a score of 300 to 257 cupcakes purchased, the Wildcats were declared the winner for the first time. But thanks to Miss Joan’s Cupcakes, both schools won.
“This year we added a donation portion to the winning school’s Booster Club,” she said. “(But) because so many people got involved from both schools, we decided to donate to both.”
Now that’s sweet.
52 weeks around America in Priscilla
After helping to set up Jo&Doh Donut’s first location in Naperville, DJ Doran, originally from New York, and his partner of 12 years, Joe Morales, chose Naperville as their departure point to head out on a one-year road trip across America.
A vintage 1979 Bluebird Wanderlodge Motor home, named Priscilla, is their home and mode of transportation on their exploration of the country, sites and people “of all walks of life.” Morales and Doran are documenting their trip on their website, www.outnabout.tv.
“You will get to see America from a different perspective that is informative and entertaining (I hope!),” the two world travelers state on their site.
Neither are new to travel documentation, blogging, Facebooking and filming their many adventures.
On Oct. 1, the travel partners hit the road. Soon after, they arrived at their first destination on the route, Buffalo, N.Y., and are exploring Niagara Falls.
Where to now? Maybe Vermont or New Hampshire. Find out at “The Adventures of Joey & DJ” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OutnAboutTV in a fun, informative format — with a touch of LGBT.
Church helps raise $523K in two days
Naperville Community Christian Church was one of 13 campuses in metropolitan Chicago that together raised more than $523,000 in weekend offerings recently.
Conducted Oct. 5 through 6, the CCC’s sixth annual Celebration Generosity channeled all donations to four missions led by designated teams: Community 4:12, to address poverty and justice issues in under-resourced areas such as East Aurora and Joliet; Haiti, to rebuild communities and impact the people of Haiti through a partnership with Compassion International; Philippines, removing children from poverty and abuse on the streets, starting new churches and offering quality education for local communities; and NewThing, to start new churches around the world.
According to Dave Ferguson, lead pastor at the Naperville location, 1,115 families and individuals made contributions to this year’s effort, including 200 who gave for the first time. The campaign has raised almost $3 million since its inception in 2008.
Blues with a twist
College welcomes Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Chart toppers the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will perform an energetic rock show Oct. 27 at North Central College.
Shepherd is a Louisiana-born guitarist and songsmith who has sold millions of albums and had numerous Top 10 singles. Shepherd’s music shines a light on the rich blues of the past while forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.
“My approach from day one was that I was not going to record anything I couldn’t completely wrap my mind around and that I wasn’t prepared to play for the rest of my career,” Shepherd said in a press release.
At age 7, Shepherd met Stevie Ray Vaughn, then at 13 shared the stage with New Orleans legend Bryan Lee. He began writing and recording as a teenager, and as an adult he continues to create genre-defining blues-infused rock n’ roll. Guitar World magazine placed Shepherd right behind B.B. King and Eric Clapton on its list of talented blues guitarists.
The performance begins at 6 p.m. in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $60 and $45; call the North Central College box office at 630-637-7469 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
VFW helps National Home for Children
Naperville resident Mike McGrath, who serves as the state director of Illinois for the VFW National Home for Children, recently was involved in the dedication of Tribute Park on the grounds of the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Mich.
The home serves active duty service men and women from around the country and includes two properties that are sponsored and maintained by the Department of Illinois VFW.
Scott Holley, former Naperville VFW Post 3873 commander and current trustee, said that the first Saturday of October is set aside as “Illinois Day” for the VFW and that a contingency of about 45 people made the trip this year, including McGrath.
“I’ve gone the last four or five years, and there is always a tour, a show put on by the youngsters and a luncheon,” Holley said. “Mike McGrath does an inspection of our homes to make sure repairs or others issues have been addressed, and it’s a just a great opportunity to see the homes that are providing services for all types of families.”
Holley said a total of 42 homes are on the property, including the two maintained by Illinois. The Tribute Park dedication was in honor of a new project at the entrance of the facility that includes fountains along with benches and flowers and pathways with stones for future honors and dedications.
A statue of a little girl and boy climbing a hill and holding an American flag will soon be added.