The City of Naperville and the Naperville Jaycees are honoring North Central College and helping celebrate the College’s Sesquicentennial during this year’s Last Fling Labor Day Parade.
The theme of this year’s parade on Monday, Sept. 5, is “A College in Its Community.” Grand marshal is Harold R. Wilde, North Central College’s president since 1991.
“We’re pleased and honored to participate in the College’s celebration of its Sesquicentennial,” says Paul De Kruiff of the Naperville Jaycees, parade co-chair. “Naperville has a long tradition of community involvement, and many North Central College alumni are actively involved in service clubs, including the Jaycees.”
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St. This year’s parade returns to the traditional route down Mill Street to Jefferson Avenue to Main Street to Porter Avenue and ending at Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Ave.
Naperville’s Last Fling Labor Day Parade dates back to the 1960s and is one of the state’s longest-running parades, De Kruiff says. The annual event draws more than 100 participants and thousands of spectators. For information about sponsorship opportunities, call Rosemarie Breske Garvey at 630-864-7950. Visit lastfling.org to learn more.
Last Fling is an annual Naperville Jaycees-sponsored festival that draws more than 300,000 patrons and features live entertainment, family fun areas, a business expo, food vendors and much more. Headliners during this year’s four-day festival Sept. 2-5 include Gin Blossoms, Poi Dog Pondering and Big & Rich with Gretchen Wilson.
North Central College’s yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first day of classes on Nov. 11, 1861, and the College’s role in helping to shape the fabric of the Naperville community. Throughout its history, North Central College alumni have distinguished themselves as leaders in the arts, sciences, business, education and many other areas. Numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects are planned throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/150 to learn more.
The Naperville Jaycees is a nonprofit service organization of more than 200 young people dedicated to personal development through community service. The group organizes and staffs Last Fling in close cooperation with the City of Naperville, the Naperville Park District, numerous Naperville community organizations and hundreds of volunteers. Proceeds from the Last Fling are given to nonprofit organizations in the community and throughout DuPage County. Over the past two decades, the Naperville Jaycees have raised and donated more than $1 million to various organizations. Visit NaperJaycees.org for more information.