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Seven Ways to Help Good Causes at Hometown Days

Several organizations use Yorkville's end-of-summer festival to raise money or collect donations. Here are some details.

For more information about Hometown Days in general, please see the city's website.

(Rubber) Duck Pluck

The and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni are hosting a duck pluck. Participants purchase numbered tickets, which correspond to one of the 3,000 yellow rubber ducks. At 4 p.m. Sunday, someone will "pluck" a numbered duck from the pool, and whoever bought that ticket will win a four-day, three-night all-inclusive trip to Mexico. The plucking will continue until all the prizes have been awarded.

Tickets are $3 each or two for $5. They will be available during Hometown Days from a tent organizers run near the main entrance.

Rain Barrels Silent Auction

"Rain Barrels on Parade" is a program sponsored by the city's and the 's green committees. The decorated rain barrels will be auctioned to raise money for local environmental programs. The silent auction will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday near the gazebo at during the Yorkville Junior Women's Club craft show.

Operation Santa

Speaking of the craft show, the organization will be taking holiday toy donations at the event, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Town Square Park. The collection box for new toys for children ages 3 to 10 will be at the event's information booth.

Friends of Yorkville Public Library Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Yorkville Public Library are hosting a used book sale and quilt raffle. The book sale will be in the library's historic meeting room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the library's website.

The quilt being raffled is displayed at the library's circulation desk, where people also can purchase tickets for $1 each or six tickets for $5, according to the library's website. The drawing will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday; the winner does not need to be there.

BaggaPalooza 2011

BaggaPalooza 2011, a bags/cornhole tournament for teams of two, will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. All teams must be checked in between 9 and 10 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the Those interested in participating should register online at www.baggapalooza.com or pay in cash on the day of the event.

City Leaders Charity Challenge

The members of the city's Park Board and City Council have a friendly wager: The group that collects the most tips will donate all the evening's tips to a charity of its choice.

The Park Board chose Kendall County Public Action to Deliver Shelter, or PADS, while council members chose the Meals on Wheels program. The charity challenge will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Yorkville Patch Shoe Collection

Yorkville Patch will have a box collecting shoes for Patch blogger Pat Gavros' Sept. 11 memorial in Oswego. Her idea is to have a pair of shoes for each person who died in the terrorist attacks. The shoes will be donated to a variety of charities after the event.

As a bonus: The first five families/people to drop off shoe donations starting at 5 p.m. Friday at the Patch tent at Hometown Days will receive a $5 gift certificate to Cobblestone Bakery & Bistro. (That’s the eatery opening in the former Sugar Shack Bakery location.)

The Fighting Fox September 01, 2011 at 12:18 PM
It's nice to see that some people are doing some good things around here. Maybe everyone will see fit to take a break from fighting about Sheriff Joe and the debt ceiling to get behind these fundraising efforts. Thanks to everyone involved with these organizations.

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