Thanks to a group of extremely dedicated volunteers who pulled all the details together in record time; the Marengo Strong Community Day saw an incredible turnout at Indian Oaks Park last month.

Families who live near 7th Circle are still reeling more than a month after a home exploded in the early morning hours of June 11, leveling two homes and damaging dozens more. What’s followed has been an enormous outpouring of much-needed support, and the July 22 Marengo Strong Community Day is one of the latest examples.

This fundraiser benefitted the affected families and brought the community together for a celebration of what it is to be Marengo Strong. The celebration helped raise more than $2,600, and donations are still coming in. The day consisted of vendors, live entertainment, food, games for kids and adults, a rock-climbing wall, visits from a Minion and Frozen’s Elsa, and more than three dozen raffle prizes donated by businesses all over McHenry County.

Vendors, who donated a portion of their proceeds to the families, included Thrifty Irish Hippie, Jennifer Ostler Photography, Usana, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, LuLaRoe, Wholesome Petz, Thirty-One Gifts, Playful Palette, Avon and Scentsy. McCormick Mart donated ice, and Hubbs Greenhouse and Countryside Nursery donated plants to be sold. Marengo Cub Scout Pack #163, Crystal Lake Park District and Lucky Shots Discgolf supported the event, as well as three food vendors including Joe’s Pizza.

Singer/guitar player Dayla Villegas won first place in the talent show, and bands Cheryl and the Boys and Destination Unknown brought lots of energy during their performances.

Feedback from a follow-up survey that was distributed in the days following the event has been very positive so far. People really enjoyed seeing their friends and neighbors from around town, along with new faces. The most encouraging responses were from those who wanted to see the event come back again next year. With such a great turnout, we’re looking forward to bringing back an annual summer celebration at Indian Oaks Park. And the Marengo Strong Community Day set the perfect foundation.x

We’re extremely grateful for all of the volunteers who pulled together to make this event possible, and or everyone who showed their support.

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