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Naperville Helps! campaign returns to brighten community spirit


Above / Sidewalks are clear, sun is shining and Downtown Naperville again has launched Naperville Helps! 

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Naperville Alliance again have joined hands to reopen the Naperville Helps! Campaign. While active in 2020 and 2021, this GoFundMe Campaign raised nearly $100,000 and helped more than 30 local restaurants serve more than 6,000 meals to local first responders, organizers said. 

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“We are honored to help support the amazing healthcare workers at Edward Hospital as they work hard to help keep our community healthy,” said Danielle Tufano, Executive Director of the Downtown Naperville Alliance. “Whether you can give a few dollars or a few hundred dollars, that money has double the impact as it helps to support our downtown restaurants and allows us to provide meals to local healthcare workers.”

Kaylin Risvold, President and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, said she, too, is enthusiastic about reopening the Naperville Helps! campaign.

In March 2020, Naperville Helps! was begun in support of local restaurants as a way also to express appreciation to healthcare providers at Edward Hospital. During lunchtime on launch day, Edward Hospital President/CEO Joe Dant and NACC President/CEO Kaylin Risvold were on hand to accept lunches from a downtown Naperville eatery. (PN File Photo)

“These donations are a small way we can continue to support our business community and say thank you to those working tirelessly at Edward Hospital,” added Risvold. “It’s great that we can bring businesses together with our larger community to not only say ‘thank you’ but to spread a smile through a donated delicious snack.”   

“In speaking with representatives from the hospital,” Tufano continued, “they agree that a project like this could not have come at a better time and they greatly appreciate all of the support from the community.”

The Naperville Helps! fund will be managed by the teams at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Naperville Alliance in conjunction with Naperville area restaurants and treat shops.

Members of the DNA and Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce expressed their appreciation for all continued support, mindful that Naperville Helps! is another way the community can get through challenges together.

For more details with a link to donate, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.

Dine Naperville! Come on downtown!

Note also…2022 Naperville Restaurant Week continues through Feb. 6. Enjoy indoor dining or take-out menus for pickup or home delivery. For more than 270 choices that whet every appetite, dine Naperville.

Also, remember Super Bowl Sunday is Feb. 13 and Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. Consider advance lunch or dinner reservations for the action-packed weekend Fri., Feb. 11, through Mon., Feb. 14.

Note big screen TVs and local sports bar activity this weekend, too… Teams for Super Bowl LVI, to be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., will be decided this upcoming weekend in the AFC and NFC championship games. Kansas City Chiefs are being touted as the favorites to win Super Bowl LVI; yet, the Chiefs first have to beat the Cincinnati Bengals at 2PM Sun., Jan. 30, on CBS. The other teams in the final four are San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams. They match up at 5:30PM Sun., Jan. 30, on Fox.

The time for Super Bowl 2022 kickoff has been set for 5:30PM Sun., Feb. 13. The game will be televised by NBC.

Last Update, Jan. 26, 2022

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