The Palatine Jaycees are looking for individuals or organizations that are interested in participating in Palatine's July Fourth Celebration to be held June 29th through July 4th at Community Park on Palatine Road and Northwest Highway.
"This is the community's celebration and we want everyone involved," said Jackie Butler, Co-Chair of the Festival. "We have openings in the parade and the Arts & Crafts Fair / Business & Charity Expo. The deadline for those submissions is June 1st. We are also looking for individuals who are interested in joining the Jaycees and would like to work with us on the Festival."
Applications for all July 4th events are available on the Jaycee Fourth of July web site at www.hometownfest.org. "If you are interested in participating in the Fourth of July festival and are not yet a member of the Jaycees, join us at our information night at Caribou Coffee at 575 East Dundee Road in Palatine on Thursday, June 7th anytime between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM," said Collin Corbett, Membership Vice President. "You'll get to spend time with some of our members and learn more about the Palatine Jaycees. Plus, your coffee is on us so put it in your calendar and be there!"
The parade, which will be held on June 30th at 10:00 AM, has openings for groups who would like to enter a float or simply march in the parade. Entries in the parade will cost $50.00 for charities and organizations or $25.00 if they supply some form of entertainment and $100.00 for businesses. The business charge will be reduced to $50.00 if the business supplies some form of entertainment.
“The Arts & Crafts Fair / Business & Charity Expo will have over 50 exhibits of pottery, jewelry, photography, sculptures and paintings,” said Jaclyn Stanger, Arts & Crafts Chairperson. “As in the past in addition to arts and crafts, we will also have a Business Expo as well as a Charity Expo for non-profit or not-for-profit organizations.”
The Arts & Crafts Fair / Business & Charity Expo has a limited number of booths still available. Exhibitors will be assigned a 12' X 12' space on a first come, first serve basis. An arts & crafts booth will cost $65.00 for both days. A Business Expo booth will cost $150.00 for both days and a Charity Expo booth will cost $30.00 to the charitable organization.
Projects like the Fourth of July festival are just one of the ways the Jaycees give back to the community. Every year, the Palatine Jaycees conduct numerous programs to serve the community and accumulate funds for operation of the Chapter and community donations. Included in these projects are the Easter egg hunt, Christmas tree sales, a sand sale and others, which benefit the community directly and help raise money.
The Palatine Jaycees provide development opportunities that empower young people between the age of 21 and 40 to create positive change. As one of Palatine’s foremost organizations for young people, the Palatine Jaycees have provided community based events and funding to Palatine for more than fifty years. As one of the largest chapters in the state of Illinois, the Palatine Jaycees offer a combination of community service, individual development and social opportunities.
The Palatine Chapter holds their monthly general meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM at the American Legion Hall on Palatine Road in Palatine. For further information on the Palatine Jaycees, membership or any of their sponsored events write to the Palatine Jaycees, Post Office Box 1517, Palatine, IL 60078-1517, call them at 847-604-0288, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their web site at www.palatinejaycees.org.