My wife and I had the recent pleasure of attending the second of a concert series sponsored by the North Alton Business Association and their supporters. It was a wonderful concert at the Alton High School Auditorium. It featured a 30-piece orchestra and two professional singers. For people of our age who loved the music of Frank Sinatra and his generation, it was a memorable evening.
The concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. That is the amazing thing considering what the cost must be to pay for 30 professional musicians. The series will continue with one concert a month for the next few months. The Gary Dammer big band will be the next featured performer on Wednesday, July 8. Do not think that the concert season has ended just because summer vacation is here. How great it is that there are people in the community who value the arts and are determined to make it an important part of our community.
Ken and Jean Conrady
As chairman of the Board of Directors for Caritas Family Solutions, I write to plead with our state legislators. It is time to come together, for the good of our state, and pass the 2016 budget. Our organization, Caritas Family Solutions, is a nonprofit, social services agency that serves more than 4,400 children and families each year. We rely heavily on state funding to serve children and those most vulnerable in our communities. Our service area includes the southern third of Illinois, and our programs reach into almost every county in that area.
The state’s budget crisis not only affects Caritas but all nonprofit agencies in Illinois that provide care to those who rely on state assistance, including the developmentally disabled, low-income seniors and 17,920 foster children. Foster children are wards of the state — so please let your state legislators know that the state needs to pass the budget so foster homes can care for those children who have no one else to look out for them.
It’s time to come together for the good of the state and those in need that they serve.
Chair, Board of Directors, Caritas Family Solutions