During 2011 the Jaycees met with the City of Elgin a few times. In our last meeting we discovered the Mayor, David Kaptain, has been thinking of having an ethnic festival. We were excited to hear this because the Elgin Jaycees originally created Ethnic Fest and we've been talking about how great it would be to bring it back.
So we thought, why not combine the two!
Elgin is a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures. Celebrating our diversity is something we should do each year. Now with 1 festival you can experience ethnic food and other delights of this great town of ours!
Also, in the meeting with the City, we discovered they are not able to provide any in kind services. This means we will have to raise all the funds to have this great festival.
This festival is for the community, by the community and requires community involvement from citizens, businesses and organizations.
With that said, our plan is to have non-profit groups involved to handle certain areas or aspects of the event. For example, one non-profit group could handle the stage or entertainment, and another could handle the children's area.
So Elgin, if you are a non-profit organization and want to be involved in an amazing event for our Great City of Elgin, please contact us (see below).
If you are someone in an ethnic group or organization and would love to have a booth and/or serve ethnic food at the event, please contact us (see below).
The event will be at Festival Park Saturday and Sunday, June 30 - July 1.
We want to be totally transparent. With the City of Elgin not being able to provide in kind services due to budgetary constraints, we will have to pay for the EFD and EPD to provide their services. We will also have to pay for any other City services required to run this festival. This means the budget has doubled.
Since the budget has doubled, we really need the involvement of businesses, citizens, and organizations in order to bring back the fireworks this year.
With that said, if we do not raise enough funds, we will not be able to have fireworks this year either. Normally the fireworks alone would cost around $30,000 however, our intent is to scale it down for this first year and focus more on sustainability of the event.
What can YOU do to help?
Whatever you can!
- Talk to your employer to see if they may be interested in making a tax deductible donation.
- Make a donation yourself, every dollar helps!
- Talk to your non-profit organization and see if they want to be involved.
- If you're in an ethnic group, talk to them about being involved in the event and get involved.
- Volunteer to help at the festival.
- Partner with us and co-brand this event with the name of your business, organization, family.
- Spread the word!
- Leave your comments and thoughts below.
Michael S. Copeland
Elgin Jaycees President - 2012
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