A Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Lisa Stamos

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What is most wonderful to me, as a resident of Barrington, is the warm-hearted generosity I see all year long. People gather together to do amazing things, many of which you’ll read about in this issue.

We are excited to share the story of Pat and Vince Foglia, a name we’re sure you’ve heard before. In our cover feature story, find out how this lovely couple has made life better, on a daily basis, for thousands of families in the region, by supporting the YMCA of Metro Chicago. Their newest commitment to preserving and improving YMCAs all around us, is in giving new life to the YMCA in Crystal Lake.

Now is the time that the Barrington Area Community Foundation meets with local charities at its grant workshop. This year, the Foundation will grant a huge amount of funds to help the community meet unmet needs, all derived only from its investment income. Read more about the Foundation and meet its newest members, inside.

In our feature “Barrington Horse Country”, read about one of my favorite events each year. It’s the grandest way of all to say “thank you” to the community and neighbors. Barrington Hills is home to the largest polo club in the Midwest. Take a walk on the polo field with us, and our fabulous photographers.

It’s not often that a town has an archeological dig going on, but we do! There are a number of local companies involved in the renovation project for Barrington’s White House, and yes, “things” have been found in the dig. I hear that those items will eventually be on display, some nearly 100 years old. Take a peek below ground in this stately Victorian in our pages ahead.

If you haven’t met our Quintessential Person, Michael J. Miller, you will now. And if you think you knew him, read on. Barrington has been home for a very long time to this special man who has given so much back. His generosity and life story are one-of-a-kind.

The holidays aren’t here just yet, but our company has already received a wonderful gift. Thank you for telling us we are your best source for local news and lifestyle topics. This delightful news came our way and we learned of our #1 media ranking in the recent Healthier Barrington Survey sponsored by Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. Thanks for your vote of confidence. Your trust makes us want to work that much harder as we look to grow with you.

As a thank-you to you, we are offering a chance to win a fabulous cake from Couture Cupcakes Cafe. No purchase is necessary for your entry, though if you do try one of their cupcakes – you won’t be disappointed.

Cathi’s Cake Giveway!

Couture Cupcake Café, Cakes with Style! is known for its handcrafted, fresh-baked cakes, pastries and chocolates. Owner Cathi Volante is giving QB readers an opportunity to win one of their decadent custom cakes, just in time for the holidays!

The crew at Couture Cupcake Café promises an unyielding commitment to quality, serving fresh pastries, cakes, desserts, macaroons, and chocolates made with the finest artisan ingredients. They design and customize hundreds of pastries, cakes, and sweet tables to be the spotlight of your party, Mitzvah, birthday, holiday, wedding, or company function. We invite you to stop by and fill out an entry form to win your cake.

Visit Couture Cupcake Café at 20771 N. Rand Rd., located in the Quentin Collection/Best Buy mall, 1 block south of Quentin Rd. Maximum Value $399. No purchase necessary. One entry per visit, all entries must be received by Dec. 15, 2014. Drawing to be held on December 16, 2014. We will announce the lucky winner on couturecupcakecafe.com (which will be linked to qbarrington.com).

Happy Holidays,

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