I've been local editor for Frankfort Patch for about a year now, and one of the things that has continually impressed me with the village is how members of the community come together and reach out to help one another.
And it's not that I've been living in towns filled with self-centered crumb bums. It's just that I've rarely seen the type of enthusiasm residents here generate when it comes to organizing fundraisers and benefits for those in need.
That's why it's nice to spotlight local events like these two that do a lot for worthy causes.
18th Annual Hometown Hoedown
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15
Where: , 23320 S. LaGrange Road
How much? $25 in advance, $30 at the door
What's involved: There will be a buffet and cash bar (attendees must be 21), and live entertainment will be provided by a DJ and Bernie Glim and The Country Roads Band. A wide variety of donated items from area businesses will be up for auction, including stays at vacation homes, autographed sports memorabilia, golf and spa packages, jewelry, gourmet gift baskets and more.
Who it helps out: Funds from the Hoedown go to the American Cancer Society; Cancer Support Center, which has locations in and that has free services for family, friends and people affected by cancer; and Camp Quality, a summer camp for children with cancer.
Brothers of Liberty Motorcycle Club 100-Mile Charity Ride
When: The ride starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Last bike will come in at 5 p.m.
Where: Starts at and ends at the , 22057 Pfeiffer Road.
How much? $25 per bike (passengers are free) or $35 to attend the pig roast dinner after the ride.
Who it helps out: The ride benefits the Disabled Patriot Fund, a state nonprofit group that helps disabled veterans and their families.