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Naperville Jaycees get set to host virtual fundraiser performances


Above / The Jaycees Marina along the Riverwalk is one of many gifts the nonprofit organization has presented to the City of Naperville, thanks to fundraising support created by the annual Jaycees Last Fling.

The Naperville Jaycees have announced Virtual Fundraiser Performances featuring live music on consecutive Wednesdays in September 2020.

First up is Dave Mikulskis of Hi Infidelity, presented by 95.9 The River. This free virtual event will stream live on the Naperville Last Fling Facebook page beginning at 7PM on Wed., Sept. 16, 2020.

Their second Virtual Fundraiser Performance will feature Pino Farina, also presented by 95.9 The River. The Pino event will stream live on the Naperville Last Fling Facebook page at 7PM on Wed., Sept. 23.

Last Fling leadership gets creative to feature bands, raise funds

In June of 2020, the Naperville Jaycees were disheartened to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Naperville Last Fling due to COVID-19, organizers said. Since 1981, the four-day community festival has been the Jaycees’ largest fundraiser of the year and money raised has been donated to local nonprofits. Determined to do everything possible to raise critical funds for needs in the community, the Last Fling Leadership Team decided to get creative with their fundraising for 2020. 

“Dave was the first musician to get back to me,” noted Danielle Tufano, the Entertainment Chair for the 2020 Last Fling. “Hi Infidelity has been a big part of our event over the years and we truly appreciate Dave’s kindness to step up and help us raise money to give back to community nonprofits.”

Tuffano went on to express appreciation for Pino Farina’s generosity in helping the Jaycees raise critical funds to support local nonprofit organizations with his live stream event on Sept. 23.

“I know Pino’s virtual performance will be a fun activity for families to enjoy from the comfort of their own home.”

Tufano added that if any other bands want to help and have some fun, they are encouraged to email her at Entertainment@LastFling.org.

While the live stream event is free, the Jaycees are hopeful the community will consider making a donation through a link that will be provided during the live stream.

For more information about Last Fling, visit www.LastFling.org.

Watch the concert at www.facebook.com/LastFling.

Just in time to be featured on the cover of the first edition of Positively Naperville in 2001, then-members of the Naperville Jaycees gathered at the Jaycees Gazebo, a gift to the Naperville Riverwalk, funded by proceeds raised by the Jaycees Last Fling. The Jaycees’ can-do spirit is among many reasons Frank E. Fling is featured on page 13 of the September 2020 issue saying, “Thanks, Jaycees!” (Photo by Jo Lundeen)

Naperville Jaycees

The Naperville Jaycees is a nonprofit service organization with more than 100 young persons dedicated to providing Naperville area residents with the opportunity to better themselves and to grow personally and professionally while giving through community service and fundraising efforts. Annual events include: Rock the Mic, Easter Egg Hunt, Lobster Day and countless other worthwhile projects that positively impact the community. The group also organizes and staffs the Last Fling in close cooperation with the City of Naperville, the Naperville Park District, numerous Naperville community organizations and hundreds of volunteers.

Proceeds from the Last Fling are given to other nonprofit organizations in Naperville and surrounding communities. Over the past two decades, the Naperville Jaycees have raised and donated more than two million dollars to various organizations in the surrounding communities.

Back in 2019, many members of the Jaycees Last Fling Executive Committee met at the new Naperville Jaycees Park adjacent to the Municipal Center, eager to present plans for four days of family fun. Pictured, from left, are HA POZOS, TYLER PETERSEN, Administrator DENISE PATE, CORI COZORT, JIM CROAT, MIRANDA BARFUSS, JESSICA HALL, LAURA DUFFECY, VERONICA DEKRUIFF JESSICA HALL, and CRISTIAN POZOS. The 2020 event was canceled.

New members welcome to join during monthly meetings at VFW

Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Judd Kendall VFW located at 908 West Jackson Avenue in Naperville. For more info, call the chapter’s hotline at (630) 961-9375 or naperjaycees.org.

Note that currently, the Jaycees are following a hybrid approach for monthly meetings which take place on the second Tuesday of every month. Members are welcome to meet outside at the VFW and are encouraged to bring their own chairs and spread out, with a limit of 50 in attendance. Jaycees also live stream meetings as well for an Members who wish to participate remotely.

All individuals who wish to support the Jaycees are appreciated. Simply send checks payable to “NCCOI” at P.O. Box 22, Naperville, IL 60566-0022.

Story submitted by Mckenzie Kuhn, 2020 Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Marketing & Entertainment, for Naperville Jaycees. (PN Photos)

For limited time, Naperville Jaycees Park commemorative bricks will sell for $200 each to help benefit service 

The Naperville Jaycees have made commemorative brick pavers available at “Last Fling” pricing for a limited time. These pavers are to be included within the soldier course running the border of each of the walkways within Naperville Jaycees Park.

Each 5” x 10” brick can be inscribed with up to 64 alphanumeric characters to celebrate tradition, milestones or memorialize beloved friends and family.

A year ago during 2019 Last Fling festivities, Charlotte Coyne helped place her family’s commemorative brick in Jaycees Park. For a limited time, commemorative bricks are for sale at $200 each, last year’s price. (PN File Photo)

“Last Fling” pricing of $200 runs now through September 20, 2020, after which time, pricing will return to $275 each.

To learn more information relating to Jaycees Park brick paver program and the goings on at Naperville Jaycees Park, CLICK HERE.

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