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Community Night helps St. Nick help flood victims

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 7:08 p.m. CST

The fifth annual Grundy County Community Night took place on the evening of June 26, with residents from communities throughout the area watched the White Sox take on the New York Mets.

This year, 160 people boarded buses in Morris, Coal City and Gardner to attend the event, which was once again sponsored by Standard Bank.

The bank has donated $5 from each ticket that has been purchased from each of the past four years running.

“We are doubling our donation from $5 to $10 to help St. Nick replenish their community disaster relief fund, which helped so many families this past April when the flood hit Grundy County,” Standard Bank Southern Division President Kelly Beaty said.

Beaty and Kathy Lambros, the chair-person for the event, presented a check in the amount of $1,600 to President of Operation St. Nick Joe Schmitz.

“The community night continues to bring citizens from all corners of the county together for a fun and relaxing evening,” Beaty said. “Watching the White Sox, visiting with each other and helping with Operation St. Nick continue its efforts in helping families who have fallen on hard times here at home, like they did this past spring when the flood devastated several areas in Grundy County. It’s enjoyable for us to see everyone together enjoying a beautiful summer evening also.”

“We are very appreciative of Standard Bank’s assistance and donation to help us replenish our disaster relief fund,” Schmitz said.  “Being able to help the flood victims with food, clothing, bedding and new household items that were destroyed was a new but important undertaking for all of us at St. Nick. Standard Bank doubling it’s contribution from $5 per ticket to $10 per ticket was very generous and will help us be more prepared if another disaster hits Grundy County in the future.”

Lambros is the Branch Manager of Standard Bank and a board member for Operation St. Nick. She thinks that Community Night is one of several quality events that they have in the summertime. 

“The Community Night, along with St. Nick’s bicycle program in May are two fun summer events, along with a Christmas in July party planned on Saturday (July 20) at Clayton’s Tap in Morris. They will all lead up to the Back to School Fair, at which St. Nick will help some 400 children get ready to go back to school in style with new clothes, shoes and school supplies.”

“St. Nick started out as a Christmas-only program back in 1979 and is now helping families in need, along with servicemen all year long when the need arises,” Schmitz said.

Operation St. Nick is a 5-1 c-3 not for profit organization that operates in Grundy County.

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