Every year, volunteers come out to support Founders' Days Festival. While some donate their time, others donate financially, and still others support the fest by coming out each day to ensure our hometown festival can sustain through the years. We couldn't do that this year. Mother Nature had different plans and while our whole community was looking forward to coming out and celebrating our town, we all had to turn our focus to saving our neighbors instead. With a tremendous call to action Algonquin and the surrounding areas came together to support the tremendous sandbagging effort and eventually volunteers were turned away due to the overwhelming support that came out to save those we know...and those we don't. It didnt' matter whose houses needed help, it was the human thing to do and the right call to action and response to this record breaking disaster.
We have had tremendous support from our entire community since the decision to cancel Founders' Days and in doing so we feel we have an opportunity to change that focus from the cancellation to fundraising for our friends and neighbors in need.
We have heard you Algonquin, Founders' Days Inc. and the Algonquin Rotary Club have teamed up for this fundraiser to raise funds for those victims that have suffered or are suffering through this horrible situation.
We are asking for a simple way to donate. We are asking for you to figure what you would've spent at the Founders' Days this year and instead donate that money to this cause instead. Now obviously, your donation amount is entirely up to you, but know you are helping your hometown. These funds will stay local to help our community not reallocated for somewhere else. We have a lofty goal of raising $100,000 during this campaign that we feel we can rally around.
If you'd prefer to donate a check to this effort, please make the check out to Algonquin - Lake In The Hills Rotary Charitable Fund. The address is
Algonquin Founders' Days
PO Box 101
Algonquin, IL 60102
Attn: Fight The Flood
If you would include an email address in your mailing so we can send you the tax deducible donation letter as well.
Your donation to this cause will go a lot further this year than any other year because we're focused on helping our neighbors. We will be getting a list of those confirmed victims from the village and we will donate OUR ENTIRE PROCEEDS received by this campaign to those that will benefit the most with this support. We appreciate any support you can give to this campaign and we can all make this the best year of the fest.