LACE and Copper Muggers present donations to LFD, LPD

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On behalf of LACE (Lansing Association for Community Events), Debbie Waitekus presents a check for $1,250 to Chief __Templeman of the Lansing Fire Department. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Autumn Fest pancake breakfast “very, very successful,” says LACE

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (January 18, 2019) – “We thank the fire department and the police department for all the good stuff they do for us,” said Copper Muggers Treasurer John Danielson at the January 15 Village Board meeting. “We were proud to do it, and we hope to do more things like that for the departments.”

Danielson was speaking as part of a presentation with representatives from the Lansing Association for Community Events (LACE), who were invited to publicly award the donations. LACE and the Copper Muggers had worked together during Autumn Fest 2018 to raise money for veterans and first responders.

Copper Muggers Treasurer John Danielson (left) and Eric Sivak attended the January 15 Board meeting to present donations to the Lansing Fire Department and the Lansing Police Department. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
LACE Director Debbie Waitekus presented a check for $1,250 to Chief Dennis Murrin for the Lansing Police Department. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
On behalf of LACE (Lansing Association for Community Events), Debbie Waitekus presented a check for $1,250 to Interim Chief Michael Templeman of the Lansing Fire Department. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

The checks—$1,250 each—were the result of funds raised via the October 6, 2018, Copper Muggers Pancake Breakfast at the American Legion, which kicked off the second day of LACE’s Autumn Fest 2018. Tickets for the breakfast cost $5.00, and the proceeds were designated for Veterans and First Responders. “We had such a great response from the community this year. We were so pleased,” said LACE Director Debbie Waitekas, who co-chaired the Military/Pancake Day with Michelle Winters. “We even ran out of some of the food items!”

Though LACE (Lansing Association for Community Events) has included a Military Tribute at each year’s Autumn Fest, the 2018 tribute was the first time first responders were honored as well as veterans. As part of the ceremony following the breakfast, LACE was also able to present plaques to Fire Chief Templeman and Police Chief Murrin to display at the fire and police stations, and a plaque for Trustee Maureen Grady-Perovich to recognize her work enrolling veterans on Honor Flight Chicago.

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