Since its inception in 2016, group members have done hundreds of acts of kindness. In addition, the group provides $1,000 scholarships each year to one graduating St. Charles North High School senior and one graduating St. Charles East High School senior who are committed to making their community a better and kinder place to live.
To help support the group's efforts, the third annual An Afternoon of Random Acts will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Mount Saint Mary Park in St. Charles. The event is the group's main fundraiser.
An Afternoon of Random Acts will feature five musical acts as well as yard games. Those who attend can bring a picnic basket of food, water and soda (no glass or alcohol) or stop by the Blue Goose Market in St. Charles and purchase from a menu prepared for the event. The $10 meals include one entree and two sides.
Tickets to the event are $50 per person and children five and under are free. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are available by going to randomactsmatter.com.
The group hopes to raise more than $25,000 from the fundraiser said Jim Di Ciaula, president and founder of Random Acts Matter. Di Ciaula also is president and CEO of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.
"It's community coming together to help community," he said.
Last year's event raised about $22,000, he said. The event also serves as a way to educate people about the group's mission.
Jazz music will be performed during the event in conjunction with St. Charles Jazz Weekend, which will take place from Sept. 12 to 15 in downtown St. Charles.
Di Ciaula said he is happy about what the group has been able to accomplish since its formation, noting that its acts of kindness have impacted more than 1,100 individuals. He also took note of the scholarships provided to graduating seniors at St. Charles North and St. Charles East high schools along with the group's two successful Paint the Town Orange campaigns.
The color orange was chosen because it is associated with joy and sunshine, which the group hopes each of its random acts of kindness will provide to the recipient(s). Feb. 11 to 17 was the second annual Random Acts of Kindness Week.
"Our goal for that was really to get people thinking about that every day, not just during that week," Di Ciaula said.