B.E.S.T Coalition Breakfast “Showcasing the Grant Projects”
At an early morning breakfast event held on April 19, 2013 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, the B.E.S.T Community Coalition showcased their 2011 and 2012 Community Empowerment Grant projects. These mini-grants are designed for community groups, student groups, non-profit organizations, and/or individuals who require funding for an activity, event, program, etc. which enriches the lives of youth, families and/or the community. In 2011 the B.E.S.T Coalition was a recipient of a prestigious Governor’s Cup Finalist Award as part of the Governor’s Home Town Award Program in recognition of the B.E.S.T Community Empowerment Grant Program.
B.E.S.T began in 1997 as a grassroots, multi-sector, community coaltion that represents the villages of Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, and Hainesville. Recognizing that youth and families today face significant challenges, B.E.S.T incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1999. B.E.S.T is a unique collaboration of schools, social services, law enforcement, public library, park district, various village officials and fire department, civic, business, religious leaders, parents, and students. The primary purpose of B.E.S.T is to advocate for services, programs, and resources that will improve the quality of life for area residents. Volunteer members have a stake in the critical issues facing the Round Lake Area and in the success of their collaborative efforts in the work of the coalition members.
The B.E.S.T Coalition breakfast attendees were greeted with an opening statement from B.E.S.T President Elena Lara followed by the Community Empowerment Grant Chair, Shirley Christian. What followed was a procession of groups who were recipients of the mini-grants, each describing what they had done with the grant money. They were followed by guest speaker, the Honorable Judge George Bridges from the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Lake County. Membership Chair, Wendy Warden, and Nominations Chair, Judy Armstrong, wrapped things up along with a short treasurers report from Pete Molidor.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the B.E.S.T Coalition or want to learn more about the organization, please visit their website at www.rlabest.net. Individual membership is only $15 per year.