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To Those Who Gave Recruits a Holiday, Thanks

It took many volunteers to conduct the fabulous Thanksgiving Day feast and activities for young, away-from-home Navy recruits at the American Legion hall. We salute them.

To Those Who Gave Recruits a Holiday, Thanks

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On Thanksgiving Day, Morton Grove American Legion celebrated the 6th annual Navy Day.  The Post entertained 42 recruits from Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  The Thanksgiving Committee wants to thank all the volunteers, guests, organizations, businesses, and donators that made this day a very successful event.

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  • American Legion Post 134, Auxiliary and SAL, 
  • Morton Grove Village President Mayor Daniel Staackmann, 
  • Village Officials, numerous friends and volunteers
  • American Legion Post 134 Officer of the Day- Ray Ariaz 
  • American Legion Post 134 Chaplain- Joseph Piento, prayer 
  • Morton Grove Civic Center Hall: Village Coordinator- Jackie Walker O'Keefe 
  • AT&T, free phone service all day long- Lanel Clay, Altrina Grant, Shalantha Keys, Debra Brand, Linda Gavin, Heinz Becker, and Tim Rayner. 
  • Golf School District 67 (school bus) - School Superintendent Jamie Reilly and bus driver Ted Anton. 
  • Sweet Table:  various merchants, donations from legion families, friends, and volunteers. 
  • Costco (Niles) : pies, Deon. Coscto (Randhurst Mt. Prospect) 
  • Red Bull, Eric Verastegui 
  • Maier's Bakery (Morton Grove) : Frank Silvio 
  • Otis Spunkmeyer (Northlake) : sweets, Nick Loiotile
  • Produce World (Morton Grove) : fruit tray, Hector and George 
  • Village Creamery (Niles) : ice cream, Ann and Lito Valeroso 
  • Eli's Cheesecake (Chicago) : Erin Arceo 
  • Dean's Food (Franklin Park) : milk, Maureen Dohoney 
  • St. John's United Church of Christ ( Arlington Heights ) : cookies,  Dee Koontz 
  • Jewel Foods ( Waukegan) : water and pop , manager Jim Pugliese
  • Jewel Foods ( Mt. Prospect) : milk and pop, managers Jim Falkiner and Jim Brejcha 
  • Chicago Rush Dancers, Director Gloria Esposito  
  • Dancers: Courtnie Saraceno, Emily Salans, Ashley Fleishman, Nicole Cargola, Brittanie Matug
  • Morton Grove Park District Starbound Dance Company 
  • Computers and Wii Games Entertainment :  Kirk Lepinski, Ray Ariaz, Ken Trumbull ABT ( Niles) 
  • PS3 System, Cari Boyk Gamestop (Golf Mill, Niles) : 
  • PS3 Games , Dist. Mgr. Matt Dion and Store Mgr. Eric, Family Video (Arlington Heights ), DVD movies  
  • Matt Del Core, Minstrel Music , LTD., guitars
  • Don Sizos, Videographer
  • Numerous Monetary Donations  
Thanksgiving Day Committee Chairman, Casey Bachara    

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