Who Says Purple and Green Don’t Match?

Today I am going to give you recap of the events from this past weekend and even some pictures too! What do I care? I have "people" that will put them in the blog so that they look just right and its no extra work for me …

Tom Sikorske, Taylor Radtke, and Craig Wallace

Tom Sikorske, Taylor Radtke, and Craig Wallace

Saturday night a few of the volunteers from the Walla-Pa-Looza group and my new friends from the Johnsburg Lions Club showed up at the Johnsburg Community Club for a pizza party to celebrate our fundraising efforts and finally present the Radtke family with the results of our fundraising collaboration. We gathered around 6:30 pm and had some social time and around 7:00 pm Half Times Pizza brought some pizza’s for everyone to enjoy. We then presented the Radtke Family with a check for $6,000.00! They were very gracious and extremely humbled.

Taylor Radtke

Taylor Radtke

I was happy, but of course, I wish we could have done more. I never feel like I do enough. I always think that I could have worked a little harder or done a few things differently that might have made just a little more of a difference. But as many of you that are reading this know, I’m a perfectionist and that’s something I struggle with.

Many of my friends crack jokes about how I always look so serious. I can’t help it. I worry a lot.

Anyway, I have sputtered off track here. Let’s get back to the task at hand. So Saturday night we took some pictures, shared some hugs and said goodbye. I drove away Saturday evening hoping and thinking I made some new friends. I have plenty of room for a few extra friends in my life. Let’s hope they do too!

Sunday morning I was ready to go. We were off to the McHenry Lions Pancake Breakfast at the McHenry Moose Lodge, then my family and I headed over to meet the rest of the Walla-Pa-Looza folks to walk in the 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The Walla Crew at the St Paddy's Day Parade in McHenry

The Walla Crew at the St Paddy's Day Parade in McHenry

There’s nothing like seeing a bunch of middle aged people dressed in purple throwing candy at youngsters. Although I had plenty of beers, I enjoyed every minute of it because these are the people I consider my closest friends. They put in the hours, the effort and are extremely dedicated to our organization.

I laugh to myself because every time we get together it feels like one big sleep over. I sometimes wish it wouldn’t end. The inner child in me wishes we could all live right next door to each other. That way, when one of them gets mad at me they can just walk in and slap me around – or if I need some computer help, I could just drop in.

After the parade I ended up back at the Community Club for the JBBL Mustang draft for the 2010 season. I am starting to wonder if I should see if they could let me bring a cot to keep there so I can take naps in between meetings.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped with our event to raise money for the Radtke family and to all of my friends and comrades that marched with us in the parade this week. You guys all make these good things happen and I am very thankful to each and every one of you. As we all know, you can’t do it alone.

Next week I am going to talk about some friends of mine that have protected us all …


  • A Walla-neighborhood would be one purple neighborhood …

    Comment by Ron — March 15, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  • ok, first…If I lived next to you…can you even imagine???? hahahahaaha. 2nd… All Wallasters are awesome!!! It was a great weekend and successful as always. I will call you later, because I have an idea that came to mind sitting in the JCC watching Taylor play….we are not done yet!!! I’m actually very excited about it. As always, I’m so proud that you are one of my best friends and I love the hell out of you!!!

    Comment by Sheryl Smith — March 15, 2010 @ 3:20 pm