Highland Community College Foundation to host “Woodstock”
Peace, Love, and Music are in the air…as the Highland Community College Foundation prepares for Shindig V: “Woodstock,” a charity fundraising event to support Highland Community College.
On , guests at Woody Burt’s South Park Farm, south of Krape Park, in Freeport, will time-travel back to August 1969, and enjoy food, beverages, music and other treats, games and activities. Woodstock attire is encouraged — including love beads, headbands, bandanas, tie-dye T-shirts, wire frame glasses, fringe vests, cutoffs, jeans, and so forth.
The HCC Foundation will again offer its popular and competitive live and silent auctions.
The event begins at with a silent auction. Live auction will begin at with auctioneer Matt Hart of Sycamore.
Shindig V: “Woodstock” tickets are $50 per person, and include food, beer, wine, and soft drinks, as well as musical entertainment and mellow hippie vibes. Sponsors and donated auction items will receive special mention in advance publicity, event-night signage and the auction program. Several levels of sponsorship are available, and cash contributions are welcomed.
Proceeds from the event will benefit HCC Foundation’s “Growing for …Changing lives today” campaign that supports the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing and Nursing and Allied Health programs, as well as the Wind Turbine Technology facility and programs.
Patchwork Inn Awarded 2015 TRIPADVISOR Certificate of Excellence
Recognized as a Top Performing Bed and Breakfast/ Inn Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site.
Patchwork Inn, a Historic Nine Room Bed and Breakfast / Inn announced today that it has received a TripAdvisor® 2015 Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees taking into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a source of pride for us and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Bill and Stephanie Nelson, Keepers of the Inn. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”
"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”
Contact: Bill & Stephanie Nelson, Patchwork Inn 122 N 3rd St, Oregon, IL 61061
Student Newspaper Now Available Online
Highland Community College’s The Highland Chronicle, an award-winning student newspaper that provides students with professional journalism experience, debuted a modernized and enhanced online version on Thursday, May 7.
“Our vision for the future of The Highland Chronicle is to propel it beyond the Highland campus and increase our presence in the vibrant community that HCC is proud to serve,” said Kate Perkins, The Highland Chronicle advisor. “The online platform is the new platform for journalism, and this move to an online presence makes The Chronicle more authentic to current industry trends.”
The online Highland Chronicle will mirror real-world electronic publishing that media outlets are increasingly using to reach a broader audience.
Beginning in fall 2015, HCC’s journalism classes will become part of the new Mass Communication program, a program designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in broadcasting, journalism, marketing, public relations and related fields. Students taking journalism and other Mass Communication classes will be provided with opportunities to learn cutting-edge, industry-specific skills that will give them a significant advantage when they enter the workforce. Gaining online reporting and publishing experience via The Highland Chronicle is one key industry skill that students will use in today’s world of publishing.
To read the online version of the The Highland Chronicle, visit http://chronicle.highland.edu.
Special recognition goes to Mike Gunderson, audio visual specialist, for the development of the Chronicle site through the Web Design Studio class taught by Sam Tucibat.
RE/MAX of Rock Valley, Oregon, Saluted for 2014 Sales Achievements
Broker associates at RE/MAX of Rock Valley in Oregon, Il, recently received special recognition from the RE/MAX Northern Illinois region for their sales achievements in 2014.
RE/MAX salutes its brokers by awarding membership in honorary clubs, each recognizing an important level of success in annual sales production.
Those who earn membership in the 100% Club have reached an outstanding level of sales productivity. In 2014, the productivity of the average RE/MAX Northern Illinois 100% Club member was more than four times that of the average National Association of Realtors® (NAR) sales agent. Reaching this laudable level of success are Mark True and Carla Benesh.
Executive Club membership recognizes a group of affiliates whose sales productivity is well above the industry norm. In 2014, RE/MAX Executive Club members in Northern Illinois were more than twice as productive as the average NAR sales agent. Named to Executive Club membership for their 2014 achievements are Bill Tallyn, Douglas Weber, and Connie Zimmerman.
RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of 2,200+ sales associates and 105 individually owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app and www.illinoisproperty.com provides comprehensive information about residential and commercial property for sale in the region. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, a global real estate organization with 100,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.
HCC Foundation Launches Double Play 2015
The 2015 calendar year marks the third year of the Highland Community College Foundation’s “Double Play” appeal. Through Double Play, the Foundation raises funds to support the Major Gifts Campaign (to support nursing and wind turbine facilities at the College) or the College’s current “area of greatest need.”
In 2013, a generous donor originally pledged $50,000 per year for five years in matching dollars, which can only be captured if the Foundation raises the same amount each year in Double Play donations. For 2013 and 2014, the Foundation met or surpassed its Double Play matching goals.
For 2015, every dollar donated to Double Play, up to $50,000, will be matched at year-end by this anonymous benefactor. Donations to Double Play 2015 have surpassed $13,000 so far.
To donate to this campaign, donors can contact the Foundation office at 815.599.3413, or they may donate online at highland.thankyou4caring.org.