At nearly all meetings of the Deerfield Village Board of Trustees the community takes time to honor achievement and upcoming events of note before dealing with pending legislation.
Before Monday’s meeting, Mayor Harriet Rosenthal and the Trustees honored state high school golf champion Ian Kelsey. It then heard from Kevin Quigley and Eden Chaban about an event today and Sunday Quigley hopes will complement Three Guys and a Truck.
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Quigley, the owner of Kevin's Place, and Chaban, a Wilmot Elementary School third grader, told the people at the meeting about A Guy, A Girl and a Bench from 2 to 4 p.m. today and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday outside Kevin’s. They will be sitting on the bench in front of the restaurant during those hours collecting food and sundries for the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry.
“I read how people in Deerfield do not have homes or food and we should help them,” Chaban told the meeting. She told Quigley she wanted to help. He came up with the idea of the two of them sitting collecting food in front of Kevin’s Place.
“It’s six months out from Three Guys and a Truck,” Quigley said telling the people at the meeting how they wanted create another event accomplishing the same thing. “We want people to bring not only food but tooth brushes and tooth paste. (West Deerfield Township Supervisor and state Sen. Elect) Julie (Morrison (D-Deerfield)) is always looking for that stuff.”
This will be a special weekend for Quigley. In addition to collecting food and personal care products with Chaban, he and his restaurant will be featured at 10 p.m. Sunday on WGN-TV (Channel 9).
Before Quigley and Chaban spoke, Kelsey led the meeting in The Pledge of Allegiance and was given one of the road signs made in his honor for winning the state golf title last month. Those signs are at the Village limits seen by people entering Deerfield.
The sign lauding Kelsey’s state title joins those dedicated to last year’s Deerfield High School state champions—tennis player Jason Brown, diver Erin Purdy and the Warrior hockey team.