Fonda eyes new non-profit

FONDA – Village officials may start a new non-profit that will be involved in the creation and organization of parades and other events at the Recreational Park.

The idea was presented at the Village Board meeting Monday by Mayor William Peeler.

He said creating a non-profit group could allow for a larger variety of donations to be sought for the activities, such as the recent After the Fourth Family Celebration. Peeler said because the village is not a non-profit organization, it’s limited in doing fundraising for events.

Peeler also said his intention at this point is to start planning for next year’s After the Fourth event in September.

The Village Board approved a $5,500 line item at June’s board meeting to help pay for the event. Peeler had said that he hoped not to have to use any village money.

Peeler said Keymark Corporation and Peeler Group International – his business – both gave $1,000 toward the event. The village also raised money to help pay for the event through parking fees, a 50/50 raffle and selling refreshments at the event.

He said the village did end up having to use some of the money from the line item to pay for things like the bands and fireworks. On Monday, he was unsure how much money had to be taken from the account.

Event praise

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk also came before the Village Board on Monday to present them with a proclamation for putting on the After the 4th Family Celebration. Tkaczyk took part in Friday’s parade during the two-day event.

“I know how hard it can be to get those things done,” Tkaczyk said.