Ignite the Nite
On Saturday, KidsMatter honored Idalynn Wenhold at its annual “Ignite the Nite” fundraiser. Wenhold has served as executive director of the non-profit for 17 years. KidMatter announced they will be honoring Wenhold’s legacy with a scholarship in her name. The evening also included performances from community members and students. Wenhold will be retiring from her position on May 31.
One Nation Breakfast
The Exchange Club of Naperville held its annual “One Nation Under God” breakfast at Meson Sabika this weekend. Several people and organizations were honored for demonstrating strong faith in God, patriotism, and giving back to the community. The keynote speaker was Colonel Paul Herbert, executive director of the 1st Division Museum at Cantigny Park.
Drug Take Back Day
The Naperville Police Department will be taking part in National Drug Take Back Day on April 28. Residents are encouraged to bring unused and expired prescription medication to help reduce the chance of theft, misuse, or abuse. The event is in partnership with the DEA and it will be hosted at the Naperville Public Safety Campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Girls Track Invitational
Naperville North hosted the annual Gus Scott girls track invitational over the weekend. Battling nasty elements all night, several local athletes overcame the weather en route to victory. Waubonsie Valley’s Johanna Kirtzeck set a new personal record with a distance of 16 feet-two inches to win the long jump by nearly a foot. The Warriors finished third as a team. Benet Academy freshman Emily Spellman won the 3200 and came in fifth in the 1600 to help the Redwings to a fifth place overall finish. Naperville North won several events, defending state champ Halle Beiber won both the 300 and 110-meter hurdles, while teammate Sarah Wastek won the shot put and discus events. The Huskies also won the 4X200, 4X400 and 4X800 relays, taking home the meet championship.