Philanthropy Begins with Putting Milk on the Table for Preschool Children

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Byline: Jennifer Patterson Daily Herald Staff Writer

The Elgin Fideliters Club is continuing its mission to ensure area children grow strong and healthy by raising money to provide milk for those who attend the Elgin Day Care Center and the preschool programs at Elgin Area Unit 46 schools.

The club, known as one of the oldest service organizations in the Elgin area, is holding its 110th annual charity ball Nov. 21.

The theme of the ball this year is "Masquerade Gala," and it will be held at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah for the first time since the building underwent complete interior renovations.

Guests are not expected to dress up, but the decorations at the ball will be a surprise, said Colleen Colligan, president of the club.

Proceeds from the event, which is the club's sole fund-raiser, will fund the purchase of milk for the preschool programs, said longtime club member Joan Weaver.

These organizations have been main beneficiaries of the club's fund-raising for many years because federal subsidies are not available to provide milk for preschool students.

The desire to help provide nourishment for Elgin's children and families dates back nearly to the club's beginnings in 1882.

The group originally was named The Coffee Club and was a social organization where ladies of the Fox Valley area would come together to play bridge, drink coffee and make friends.

Members soon began to put their money together, and the group decided to use it to help buy food for Elgin families in need, in true philanthropic form, Weaver said. …