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Batavia Mothers' Club to host open house

Craft show, coat drive in the works

BATAVIA – Moms in Batavia and surrounding towns who belong to the Batavia Mothers' Club are gearing up for another year of family fun and service to the community, beginning with an open house Aug. 29 for prospective members, a call for crafters for the big craft show in October, and plans for a coat drive.

"We're a not-for-profit organization – our mission is to help improve the lives of families with children in the Fox Valley and surrounding area," said newly installed President Eunice Turnbaugh of Batavia, who has been a member for six years and has two children, ages 11 and 2. "[There are] three main fundraisers we put together every year to raise funds for those things. Last year, we raised around $24,000. We have a disbursement event in May, where we are able to get these funds out to various groups that apply."

Past recipients have included such organizations as CHIP IN Batavia and CASA Kane County, a volunteer program of court-appointed special advocates working for the best interest of children.

Batavia Mothers' Club members will be on hand to introduce their group at the open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Panera Bread at 154 W. Wilson St., Batavia. Organizers note that the club nurtures friendship and support among members in tandem with philanthropic projects.

People can drop by the open house or receive more information by emailing membership@bataviamothersclub.org.

Club offerings throughout the school year include recreational activities for mothers, couples, and families, as well as play groups for moms and kids. Members meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month from September through May, usually at the Batavia Public Library. The first meeting of the 2018-19 year will be Sept. 5.

"We encourage women to come in and check us out," Turnbaugh said, explaining what the club means to her. "For me, it's the community involvement. It's given me the opportunity to get further involved … help our town, meet other people who share the same interest in boosting Batavia. … It provides a great environment to do this community service for our town and have a little fun while doing it."

Coming fundraisers by the Batavia Mothers' Club Foundation will include the Fall Craft & Vendor Show on Oct. 20 at Batavia High School; the Bunco Charity Event on Jan. 12; and the Fox Trot 5K/10K Run in April, which this year raised about $6,200. In addition to the major annual fundraisers, BMCF also supports local charities each month by providing needed donations or services. The club was founded in 1934.

Club officers

Besides Turnbaugh, the club's board of directors includes Maura Hirschauer, president-elect; Holly Miller, past president; Cheryl Hasenjaeger, treasurer; Shannon Juarez, secretary; Kristin Gehrels, chairing ways and means; Elizabeth Larson, chairing philanthropic; and Kat Maggio, chairing communications.

Craft show applications

For more information about the Fall Craft & Vendor Show, to become a sponsor or obtain an application for crafters, with a few booths remaining, visit bataviamothersclub.org or email craftshow@bataviamothersclub.org. Vendor slots have been filled.

Coat drive

The club will conduct a coat drive from Sept. 21​ through Oct. 5​ to help local neighbors with donations of new or gently-used and clean winter items: coats, snow pants, snowsuits, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and boots in good condition. Items are needed in sizes from infant to adult. Drop-off bins will be located throughout Batavia with the specific sites detailed on the club website and Facebook page. All the items will be donated to local charities and shelters. For more information on the project, email philanthropic@bataviamothersclub.org.

If you go

WHAT: Open house to introduce Batavia Mothers' Club

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29

WHERE: Panera Bread, 154 W. Wilson St., Batavia

COST: Free

INFO: membership@bataviamothersclub.org, president@bataviamothersclub.org, bataviamothersclub.org

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