June 13, 2008

Store Hosts ‘Home Party’ Sale to Help Local Family

By Jean Murphy

A local family who lost their home and most of their belongings in a house fire last November will be the beneficiaries of an open house/fundraising sale from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Norway General Store, 50 and 56 E. Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect.

The home of Jeanne Huening and Willie Hayward on Beverly Lane was severely damaged and most of the contents lost. Their children attend local schools and Huening is active in her children's PTA, according to a spokesman for the store.

To help the Huening-Hayward family, the owners of the general store have invited representatives from several "home party" businesses to sell their wares during the benefit. They will include Arbonne International, Creative Memories, Lia Sophia, Longaberger, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Pampered Chef, Southern Living at Home and Tastefully Simple.

All will donate 30 percent of their proceeds to the family and will also provide them with gifts of merchandise. And Norway General Store and Norway Cycles will present them with a gift certificate to be used in their store.

Refreshments will be provided and those attending may support the family by purchasing needed specific items from their "wish list."

For more information, call the store at (847) 398-9428.

Bank offers scholarships: Their name may have changed, but Midwest Bank, formerly Mount Prospect National Bank, has announced that it is continuing its tradition of awarding college scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

This year the bank, 50 N. Main St., Mount Prospect, will offer two $750 scholarships.

"This is the sixth consecutive year that we have awarded college scholarships to area high school seniors," says John Eilering, Area President, Northwest. "We will be offering the scholarships in memory of two of our deceased colleagues, Henry W. Friedrichs and John J. Riordan. It is our belief that both of these men would be pleased to be remembered through scholarships that help young people further their education."

The Midwest Bank scholarships are awarded to students who have excelled despite problems with learning issues, family, health, emotions or other challenges. The aim is to assist students who performed poorly early in their high school careers, but overcame their problem and went on to excel, or who persevered against the odds.

"These are students who would not appeal to many other programs because their financial situation is not dire enough or their grades aren't high enough. We believe that these students deserve assistance, too," explains Eilering.

Applications are available from college counselors in the area high schools, as well as in the bank, and are due Monday, March 31.

Mommy and Me Tea: Mothers and grandmothers can celebrate Valentine's Day with their child or grandchild a bit early this weekend when the River Trails Park District sponsors a tea and craft party from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday at the Weiss Community Center, 1500 E. Euclid Ave.

Aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 7, there will be sandwiches, pastries, tea, coffee and punch, as well as Valentine crafts and games to add to the fun. The highlight, however, will be a mini fashion show. All of the children are encouraged to dress in their "Sunday best" so that they can participate.

The cost is $7 for resident and $8.40 for nonresidents. Preregistration is required. Phone (847) 255-1200 for reservations.

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