BATAVIA UNITED WAY                                                              September 2015

D ID YOU KNOW............?

Batavia United Way funds the
Elder Care Cen ter in Batavia. This non-profit provides safe and quality day services for at risk Senior Citizens. 84% have a memory disorder while others combat other affects of stroke, heart disease and other medical conditions. In 2014,
10 Batavians were provided activity, meals, socialization and are able to remain living at home as a result.
Such peace of mind for those who love them!

Lazarus House is another of the 18 non-profits we fund. 54 Batavians used the Emergency Shelter Program in 2014. 10 of the 54 were children age 18 and under. This is a safe, warm, hospitable and caring haven when there is no other place to go.
Unfortunately, numbers are expected to rise.

Batavia Farmers' Market


Batavia United Way has partnered with the business  and non-profit community to bring  FREE KIDS ACTIVITIES

to the Batavia Farmers Market this summer.  We have had a great time with science experiments, photo shoots, arts and crafts, games and we still have two remain ing dates this season.




Come out and meet "Cow" and his pal Kelli. Try your luck on their infamous Spinning Wheel where everyone is a winner. Bring your camera to get a picture with Cow and who knows, maybe you can talk him into a hoola hoop competition.



Lisa's Heads & Nails  

Start getting in the BatFest and Halloween spirit. Bring the kids to pick their favorite hair color - green, blue, pink, purple and we will spray it for the day! All washable and lots of fun for all ages....

Just ask these Rotolo Middle School girls.....



Every year, Batavia United Way Board Member and Batavian Dan Bombard leads a group of volunteers in our Day of Caring. Dan organizes the raking of leaves for Senior Citizens who could use a little help tackling this project.
All you need is a rake, gloves and a little energy and Dan will assign you a yard. This is a  great opportunity to brighten someones day!

If you would like to volunteer, or you know a Batavia Senior in need of a raking crew, contact us at :  i  

If you enjoy planning events, we need you! We are long on ideas and short on volunteers who love to roll up their sleeves and plan all the details of an event or activity.

The lower our expenses, the more we can accomplish in our community. If this is a skill you have and would like to volunteer on your own schedule, we need you!

 13 Kindergarten Scholarships awarded


Thanks to our generous donors, 13 happy kids in need were granted SB6 scholarships that will enable them to have an all day kindergarten experience this school year.


The kids are from 6 different elementary schools in Batavia and we are confident this extra boost will have a long term affect on their education and family well being.


Thank you to United Way Board Members Cecelia Hoffman and Lisa Hillquist for spearheading this project and for the generous support of the Batavia Rotary, Kiwanis, Tri-Cities Exchange, Batavia Mothers Club and several individual donors. It will be a great year for these lucky kids and their families.  


One parent indicated that her child, benefiting from SB6, also has substantial medical bills related to a condition with no end in sight. She said that Kindergarten Enrichment simply would not be possible without this help.


It has been our pleasure to collaborate with BPS101 and Batavia Park District to identify, screen and enroll our applicants. 

The Viking Chili Cookoff  

The Batavia Vikings Chili Cook-off event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at the Viking Lodge, 104 N. VanNortwick Avenue in Batavia. Public festivities begin at 1:00 p.m.

The Vikings organize this event each year to raise funds for local non-profit agencies and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp. 

Would you like to compete? Contact Bill Pierson at 630-879-7934.
Prefer to simply sample? Tasting tickets cost $5 each and are available at the door.  For more information email

New this year ,Heartland Blood Center Blood Drive - 10 AM until 2PM


THE HARLEM AMBASSADORS - October 11, 2015 at BHS

A high energy, comedic and trick basketball game is coming to Batavia on Sunday, Oct. 11 when our very own "Batavia Dream Team," takes on the Harlem Ambassadors in an entertaining show for the whole family .
The show starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Batavia High School gymnasium and is sponsored by Dr. Ronald Murphy and Comfort Inn & Suites.

Nick Marsh          (Team Captain & Alumni)
Phil Albrecht        (Grace McWayne School) 
RJ Banker           (US Army) 
Randy Banker     (Fire Dept.)
Chris Ozarka       (Batavia High School)                                               
Elissabeth Tesch (Dist.PT) 
Jason Stoops       (School Board Member)
Greg Bauman      (HC Storm School)                                        
Tanner Seal        (JB Nelson School)
Greg Fink            (Hoover Wood School)                                            
Jeff Modaff           (Grace McWayne School)
Chris Milka          (Louise White & Hoover Wood Schools)                             Bob Bowman      (Rotolo Middle School)
Ray Stevens        (Radio Personality)                         
Eric Lightner        (Batavia Chamber & Sponsor)

Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $5 Students and under 4 are free.
Tickets are available at or visit the Batavia United Way Farmers Market tent.


BATFEST 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run - October 24, 2015
Start your walk or run at River and State Street in beautiful downtown Batavia and head north on a fantastic Fall day! Sign up early for a lower registration fee and to guarantee your tech shirt size. There are multiple winners in a range of age brackets.  ALL 5k/10k registrants are automatically entered into a raffle for prizes and  The River radio, 95.9, will be on hand for music and their own give a ways.

All kids 10 and under registered for the 1/4 mile fun run will receive goody bags.  Run with the Cougars Ozzie and many other characters. Costumes encouraged!   Visit   for all the details and make sure to support our many local sponsors who are helping us make this our biggest fundraiser of the year!



Thankfully, Pal Joey's Owner John Hamel never sleeps and he LOVES Batavia and pancakes! He is partnering with us for a before, during and after 5K/10K pancake breakfast and it is ope n to EVERYONE.  Join us for breakfast, entertainment, give a ways and be a part of the Batavia BatFest. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $5 for Senior Citizens and Kids 10 and under. 

Need a little extra Vitamin C and Potassium? T ry our Bloody Mary Bar too! Spicy, horseradish or dill ...........we've got it! (Not included in ticket price).

Pancake Breakfast tickets can be purchased on the run website,, and in person with no service fee during regular business hours at the Batavia Main Street. office. Also available at the Batavia United Way Farmers Market tent on September 26.