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Illinois Press Association announces annual Advertising Contest winners

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Winners of awards in the 2021 Excellence in Advertising contest pose for a photo Aug. 11 at this year's annual convention at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. (Photo by Sarah Rogers for Illinois Press Association)

 

SPRINGFIELD – The News-Gazette of Champaign emerged as the top daily newspaper for advertising awards at the Illinois Press Association’s annual convention Thursday. The Hinsdalean was crowned the top non-daily newspaper.

The News-Gazette in Champaign received the James S. Copley Memorial Trophy for advertising achievement based on points accumulated in the IPA’s annual advertising and marketing contest, which was for work completed in 2021. The Copley Trophy was established and contributed by the Illinois division of Copley Newspapers in memory of James S. Copley, publisher of the San Diego Union and Tribune and owner of Copley Newspapers, Inc.

The Hinsdalean received the Sam Zito Award of Excellence, which is named in honor of the longtime sales representative from Crystal Lake.

Forty-one newspapers submitted nearly 400 contest entries.

Division trophies were presented to the newspaper in each division that accumulated the highest number of points. Divisions include daily and weekly newspapers from smallest (G) to largest (I). [A-F divisions are non-advertising designations.]

The Division G trophy was awarded to The Sidell Reporter. The Division H trophy went to The Hinsdalean. The News-Gazette in Champaign claimed the Division I trophy.

Division G includes newspapers with circulations of 1,500 or less. Division H includes newspapers with circulations of 1,501 to 7,000. Division I includes newspapers with circulations of 7,001 or more.

Jill Reyna of Sauk Valley Media in Dixon and Sterling was named the Advertising Sales Representative of the Year. Jay Dickerson of The Galena Gazette was named the Advertising Sales Manager of the Year.

Members of the Alabama Press Association judged the contest. The Illinois Press Association, located in Springfield, represents the interests of approximately 450 newspapers.

 

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Staff members at The Hinsdalean in Hinsdale pose for a photo after winning top honors in the 2021 Illinois Press Association Advertising Contest during an awards presentation Aug. 11 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. The Hindsdalean  received the Sam Zito Award of Excellence for being recognized as the top nondaily newspaper in advertising. (Photos by Sarah Rogers for Illinois Press Association)

 

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Staff members from The New-Gazette in Champaign pose for a photo after winning top honors in the 2021 Illinois Press Association Advertising Contest during an awards presentation Aug. 11 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. The News-Gazette was the sweepstakes winner among daily newspapers, receiving the James S. Copley Memorial Trophy. (Photo by Sarah Rogers for Illinois Press Association)

 

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Rinda Maddox, publisher and owner of The Sidell Reporter, poses for a photo with the trophy the newspaper won for being the Division G winner in the Excellence in Advertising contest. (Photo by Sarah Rogers for Illinois Press Association)

 

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Jill Reyna of Sauk Valley Media in Dixon and Sterling accepts her award for being named the Illinois Press Association's Advertising Sales Representative of the Year during the IPA/IPF convention Aug. 11 in Springfield. (Photo by Sarah Rogers for Illinois Press Association)

 

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Convention-goers watch a video made by Jill Reyna's co-workers at Sauk Valley Media to celebrate her receiving the 2022 Illinois Press Association Advertising Sales Representative of the Year award. (Photo by Sarah Rogers for Illinois Press Association)

 

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Jay Dickerson, formerly of The Galena Gazette, poses with his award for being named the 2022 Illinois Press Association Advertising Sales Manager of the Year. (Photo supplied)

 

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Jason Hegna, vice president of sales for Shaw Media, tries to persuade those at The News-Gazette table during the advertising awards luncheon to bid on a pie during the Dessert Auction. Proceeds from the auction help fund Illinois Press Foundation programming. (Photo by Sarah Rogers for Illinois Press Association)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sara Davis
Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County
(815) 759-9002 ext. 102

sdavis@habitatmchenry.org
www.habitatmchenry.org

 

Habitat ReStores in Woodstock & McHenry
kick off Winter 2022 Donation Drive
 

McHENRY COUNTY — McHenry County residents can support the store that helps build homes by donating to the Habitat McHenry County ReStores Winter Donation Drive, happening now through Dec. 31!
 
With free and convenient pickup service, McHenry County residents can easily donate new and gently used household items, appliances, building materials, furniture, lighting fixtures, cabinets, and more!
 
The Habitat ReStores in Woodstock and McHenry carry gently used donations along with an excellent selection of new and like new furniture, tools, home décor, and more! Habitat ReStores are open to the general public for shopping and donation drop-offs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Every purchase at a Habitat ReStore generates funds to help build, rehabilitate or repair Habitat for Humanity homes in McHenry County. Individuals and families applying to the Home Ownership program must complete a brief application, earn between 30% and 80% of the area median income based on their family size, and perform sweat equity to be considered for a home. 
 
“Every item donated to our ReStores helps to improve the lives of families in need of safe, affordable housing,” said Sara Davis, operations director for Habitat McHenry County, “This year alone, proceeds from our Habitat ReStores have helped us build and repair homes for more than 15 families in McHenry County.”
 
The Habitat ReStores rely heavily on the generosity of community donors, and all donations made through the 2022 Winter Donation Drive are tax deductible. For information about how to schedule a donation drop-off or pickup, email donations@habitatmchenry.org or call: 815-331-8153 ext. 302.
 
Habitat for Humanity ReStores – Woodstock, IL and McHenry, IL
Open to the public, Habitat ReStores are thrift home improvement stores and donation centers that sell building materials, appliances, furniture, and home decor at deep discounts to the communities they serve. In fiscal year 2021 alone, Habitat ReStores nationwide raised more than $76 million to help support Habitat's affordable housing mission while also diverting reusable material from landfills. All proceeds generated between both HFHMC ReStores are used to help build or improve homes in McHenry County. To shop, donate or volunteer, visit us online at www.habitatmchenry.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brandon Bergersen
Valley Orchard
(815) 332-9696

BrandonBergersen@hotmail.com

 

Valley Orchard celebrates 45 years in the community with 'Fall 45 Fest' on October 8

 

CHERRY VALLEY – Valley Orchard in Cherry Valley, Illinois, is one of the oldest orchards in the community and has been a destination for cherry picking, apple picking, and apple cider donuts for 45 years in northern Illinois. Every spring, summer, and fall it has been a spot for outdoor entertainment, farm market shopping, and cider slushes. On October 8, the orchard is commemorating all the roles it has played for the community throughout its 45 years in business with a daylong anniversary celebration called “The Fall 45 Fest”. 

The event will be celebrating with the community by offering a variety of fun activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 8. This will include attractions for guests of all ages including pumpkin carving and scarecrow building contests, children’s activities, an antique tractor show, yard games, multiple food trucks, and one free apple cider donut for every visitor. For the full schedule of events visit the Valley Orchard Facebook event. 

"I love growing apples, I have for 45 years," said Valley Orchard owner and operator Raoul Bergersen.

Bergersen went on to say how grew up with a love for farming.

"I had a friend that one day said, 'Hey, are you interested in doing an apple orchard?' I said, 'Sure, why not' and had absolutely no idea how to do it," Bergersen said when asked how it all started. "In retrospect, that was really foolish knowing what I know now," Bergersen said with a laugh. "But it was really fun."

Bergersen purchased the land in the Village of Cherry Valley in 1977. In the first year, he planted 1,800 apple trees which now have more than 5,000 trees on the 35-acre property.
 
With an array of apples, including their own handcrafted Johnalicious, berries, pumpkins, corn, and an abundance of rhubarb; visitors can find everything they need.

"You become friends with your customers," Bergersen said, “and we want to celebrate 45 years with them. I'm going to keep this up for as long as I possibly can, and hopefully my sons will continue something that I started 45 years ago."

Join Valley Orchard for 45 years of fun on October 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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