Lyons and McCook Businesses Partner to Give Back and Strengthen Communities

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Lyons and McCook Businesses Partner to Give Back and Strengthen Communities


Lyons Fireman Serve Seniors Dinner at the Annual Senior Christmas Party in Lyons, sponsored by the Lyons-McCook Business Association.

The businesses in the neighboring towns of Lyons and McCook have partnered to strengthen commerce and give back to their communities.

“There is a strong unity between the businesses here in Lyons and McCook and as we continue to work together as well as work closely with the elected officials, businesses will continue to be profitable,” said Eddie Wilkowski, Director of the Lyons and McCook Business Association.

Wilkowski, who also owns Marlins Bar and Grill in Lyons, said that many business owners are involved in the towns and make it a priority to give back.

The Lyons and McCook Business Association recently sponsored the annual Senior Christmas Party hosted for senior residents in Lyons and McCook.

Held in the community room and council chambers at the Lyons Village Hall, all seniors were invited to celebrate the holiday season with a full course turkey dinner, live entertainment and gifts.

“We had an amazing turnout this year with more than 325 people in attendance,” said Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty. “We are all thankful to the LMBA, the volunteers and the various businesses who donate their time and money to this great event.”

Getty said the amount of volunteers who came out to help with the party and serve dinner was remarkable.

In addition to the LMBA sponsoring the event, 22 turkeys were donated for the party by McCook Cold Storage, the dessert was provided by Culvers, gifts bags were handed out from the Village of Lyons and numerous businesses supported the event with various giveaways, gifts, and donations.

“The Senior Christmas Party is just one of the many great events Lyons and McCook work on together,” said Cook County Commissioner and McCook Mayor Jeffery Tobolski.

“Both McCook and Lyons value this partnership and it is through our strength in working together that our towns will continue to grow and prosper, said Tobolski.

“I will continue to work to ensure goals are met for our communities on the county level as well, said Tobolski.


Ray Hanania

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