Cup of Tradition

This is the 50th year for the Naperville Garden Club’s annual fundraiser “Cup of Cheer”. Through the years the event has been celebrated by many generations, including the junior members of the Garden Club.

The junior member’s ages range between three to 16. This year, the group decorated chicken wire and glued on leaves they collected during a field trip. They were given the task to decorate one room in a house that was on the holiday tour.

“It was really fun because we got to get really messy,” said 8year-old Nina Gardner. “It smelled good too because it was made with homemade cinnamon glue.”

Even pasting glue on wire still plays an important role in the event for the club.

“It is so rewarding the looks on their faces when they do something that is not expected,” said Chair of Naperville Junior Gardeners, Jenny Gardner.

Cup of Cheer began with a handful of women sitting around sipping tea, 140 members later, the fundraiser has expanded to house tours and a holiday market.

“It’s tremendously hard work,” said Co-Chair of Cup of Cheer, Diane Greenwald. “I know we have put in the man hours but it is gratifying that we are so dedicated to this tradition. The greatest gift is that I get to know and meet all these wonderful women.”

Passing along that spirit of camaraderie is one of the most important reasons the club members work so closely with the younger generation of volunteers.

“We got to work with so many different people and it was nice to play with them,” said Nina Gardner.

Working with other people is a tradition that both generations agree is worth preserving and celebrating.

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