Hundreds of residents turned out for Ela Township’s first annual Township Day on Sept. 21.
The event got underway with an open house followed by a cookout in Knox Park that included a performance by the Lake Zurich High School Pep Band, touch-a-truck, wagon rides, dancing, games, food drive, raffle for a flatscreen TV and about 30 information tables representing township services and a variety of community organizations.
Though the weather beforehand was rainy and windy, the clouds parted and the sun came out just in time for the outdoor festivities.
“It turned out wonderfully. Everyone had an excellent time,” Ela Township Supervisor Lucy Prouty said.
Senator Dan McConchie presented the Ela Township Board with a proclamation in recognition of Township Day on Sept. 21, 2016. A resolution will be made in the Senate and the House of Representatives after the November election to further honor the township.
Township Day was an important opportunity for Ela Township to share information about the many programs and services offered to residents at little or no cost and to bring the community together for a fun and family-friendly evening.
“It was fantastic to be able to host an event meant to simply inform residents of all the things available to them in Ela Township. We had a wonderful response from the community,” said Susan Dillon, event organizer and director of Ela Township’s Adult and Senior Services.
“I can always count on the seniors to turn out in numbers, but it was very refreshing to see so many young families,” Dillon continued. “Where else can you take your family for a wagon ride, hear great music from the Lake Zurich Pep Band, eat a hot dog, dance off the calories from said hot dog, talk to every available entity in town that offers things for your family and get a chance to win a 55-inch flat screen TV all for the price of a canned good donated to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry?”