Businesses Boost Support For Rosemont Helping Hand Charity
Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens is flanked by Rosemont Chamber of Commerce board members following the donation of $300 to the Rosemont Helping Hand organization in the mayor’s name.
By DIANE TURNER-HURNS
Journal & Topics Reporter
An estimated 200 guests attended the 23rd annual Rosemont Chamber of Commerce Holiday Gala Thursday, Dec. 1 raising $5,200 -- the largest amount ever -- for Rosemont’s Helping Hand charity.
Even more was added to that amount when Mayor Brad Stephens donated his holiday “thank you” gift of $300 to Helping Hand at Thursday’s event.
“It was a terrific event. The Westin did a great job with the several food stations and a wonderful room,” chamber Executive Director Pam Hogan said Friday. “In addition, for entertainment we had members of the East and West Leyden High School band perform at the beginning of the event.”
The three-hour gala, held at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, began at 5:30 p.m.
“This was our largest donation yet to Rosemont Helping Hand,” Hogan said. “We also provided gifts to each of the chamber members, such as the Westin, who were host to a chamber event throughout the year.”
Village officials say the calls for help through Helping Hand have grown over the years.
“There are many people in need of help,” Hogan said. “Sometimes people just fall on hard times and need a bit of help to get back on their feet. We help them do that through Rosemont’s Helping Hand program.”