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Saylor: Lemont Park District gives back

Jen Saylor
Jen Saylor

It’s hard to believe I am already approaching my one year anniversary at the Lemont Park District. Time sure has flown by.

As the fitness member services manager at the CORE Fitness and Aquatic Complex, I have really enjoyed being a part of such an amazing facility and getting to know all of our friendly members. Stay tuned for some exciting equipment updates coming to the fitness center in 2014.

A unique aspect of working for the Lemont Park District is the opportunity to serve this community in many different ways. I have the privilege of being part of the Lemont Park District Guest Services Awareness and Outreach Subcommittee.

The goal of this branch of the Guest Services Committee is to give back to the Lemont community and support the Lemont Park Foundation though various events and fundraisers.

This past June, we put together a team of Lemont Park District employees to participate in the Relay For Life. The team worked together for several weeks to raise funds for cancer awareness, which concluded on July 12 during the Relay for Life 24-hour walk held at Lemont High School. We are very proud to say our Lemont Park District team raised more than $2,500 for the cause!

On Sept. 20, the committee supported the Lemont Park Foundation’s FORE the Community golf outing at Gleneagles Country Club.

The Lemont Park Foundation Helping Hands Award program has been able to assist families in need through financial support for candidates to join various district programs.

From exclusive sponsorships to hole sponsorships to the numerous donations of fantastic prizes and generous monetary donations, local businesses, vendors and CORE members really stepped up to help for a great cause.

More than $9,000 was raised. Proceeds directly benefit families in Lemont.

The month of September is also Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month. In order to raise awareness and support for this cause, the committee sponsored a Spin-A-Thon on Sept. 28. Participants donated $25 to spin for one hour and also had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets.

A big thank you to the Lemont community for their generous donations of raffle prizes and to spin instructor Dawn Thompson, whose efforts made this event such a big success. The Spin-a-Thon raised more than $2,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The committee is also hosting two more events this fall.

During the month of October, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there will be a “Zumbathon” from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the CORE Fitness and Aquatic Complex.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Sign up today at the CORE – registration is only $25. Visit for more information.

On Thanksgiving day, The CORE will host its annual Open House and Food Drive. There will be free admission at the CORE with a donation of a non-perishable food item. Donations will benefit the Lemont Food Pantry.

As you can see, the Guest Services Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee has been busy this year! I’m looking forward to the final two events of the year and can’t wait to start planning for 2014.

This opportunity has really made my employment with the Lemont Park District a rewarding experience and I’m very proud of all we have accomplished.

Jen Saylor is the fitness members services manager for the Lemont Park District.

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