Halloween Hooligans is a fun event allowing you to become involved in selecting which Halloween costumes some of Batavia's finest will wear this Halloween.
Each of our volunteer Hooligans has three costume choices. Your vote decides which character they will become!! Your monetary votes also help raise funds for the Batavia Arts Council for grant and scholarships to be awarded next year. In addition, each participant is playing for a charity of their choosing. Those charities will each received 20% of the revenue raised by their sponsoring participant. The one participant raising the MOST revenue will receive an additional 10% of the entire net profit raised to give to their charity.
Batavia Arts Council is a 501(c)3 charity orginization.
Owner of Fernando's Street Kitchen, Freddy is a local caterer specializing in Mexican cuisine. His food can be found weekly at the Batavia Farmer's Market and the usual city festivals. Born and raise here in Batavia, he is a member of the Class of '94. Giving back to community when possible is always important to Freddy and his family.
This is a charity that mean a great deal to Freddy was both dear friends and family members have been diagnosed with autism, including his beautiful young daughter
Kasey Hoag is the owner of the new fun shop Six + Cypress Boutique, which is the only women's boutique in Batavia. We bring exciting attire to your closet, and cater to women of all shapes and sizes allowing confidence both of the inside and out. It is our goal to make each shopper feel beautiful in their skin.
The Epilepsy Foundation provides community services, public education, federal and local advocacy, seizure first aid training, and research funding into new treatments and therapies. Their goal is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with Epilepsy, stop seizures, and save lives. My youngest two daughters both live with Epilepsy. Always on our toes and waiting for the next seizure the disease is one that takes some much for those living with it and those who live with them. About 50,000 people die from Epilepsy each year, and receives the least support, funds, and education of any disease out there. We only control seizures, we don't cure them.
Jenise Collins/Whitaker is originally from Chicago and moved to Batavia 16 years ago to work at Mooseheart Child City & School. She is a wife, a mother of two kids, plus a Nana.( which some people like to be called Grand Ma.)
She started her journey as a Wellness coach 7yrs ago, never thinking she would own her own business. Three yrs ago her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. This is when she was able to realize her ability as a true Wellness coach, to help my mother during her journey. She knew he had a product she believed in that helped her and her mother as she went through those days of pain. Bulldog Nutrition is her new business, offering healthy smoothies and a variety of personal strength training classes.
Jenise is raising funds for another soul who is both a wife and a mother and is fighting through a cancer diagnosis. Cancer doesn't just affect the person. It affects the whole family.
Dave has been a resident of Batavia since 1990 and is a Tri-Cities native. He is president of the BATV Board of Directors and has been a volunteer at the station since 2006, serving as the play-by-play voice of Bulldog sports for over 300 contests. He has a project management background in the telecom industry. Dave is better known to Hooligan fans as Dave (the Minion).
Alan has served on the city council since 2003 and is currently the mayor pro-tem / committee chairman. A member of the Batv Board for almost 15 years, Alan has been a color commentator for football and basketball broadcasts. He is certified master automotive technician at Batavia Avenue Mobil for the last 36 years. Alan is also known a minion... just not a quiet one !
A native Buckeye, Joe has called Batavia "home" for 24 years. A married father of three, with three grandsons, has spent time as Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 112 of Louise White School. When he's not at City Council meetings as 4th Ward Alderman, Joe can be found on a football field as an IHSA referee.
The Access Toy Drive provides gifts to Batavia children that otherwise would not receive them. Families have to qualify and sign up at the Batavia Clothes Closet for this program.
Paula is the proud owner of Paula's couture consignment. Paula has spent over 20 years in Batavia serving and volunteering around town. From time at LWS library to the Batavia Interfaith Clothes Closet, this Batavian loves her hometown and the woman that stop in to shop with her! This is Paula's second time as a Halloween hooligan and she can't wait to see what mischief awaits her! She's most hopeful that her dear sweet friend will have to be a little bit evil this time around! Help her by casting your vote today!
Talitha has lived in Batavia for the past 17 years and has formed deep connections within this outstanding community. She loves helping students with special needs in several school districts, as well as the senior citizens at Elderday. She has had several careers, but has recently landed her dream job as Proprietor of the Batavia Popcorn Depot. Her goal is to spread joy to the community through her business.
Talithia and Paula's charity of choice is Starfish Animal rescue. Both business's love the visits from not only the customers but the 4 legged friends that stop by too! It was a natural choice to pick an organization that so many have either fostered or found forever homes. "Pop" over to cast your vote and help 2 great organizations!
Diane Anderson has lived in Batavia for over 30 years. Diane is married to Mark Anderson who owns DIMARK Construction here in Batavia. Diane and Mark raised their daughter and son here in Batavia. Her daughter Melissa lives in Louisville Ky and is a personal injury Attorney. Diane's Son lives in Batavia and works with Diane as a Realtor and is also in the Marine Corp Reserves. Diane was an at-home Mom for 18 years. When her youngest, Brian went to college she studied to get her real estate license. She has been with Baird & Warner Real Estate for 12 years as one of their top agents in the Fox Valley area. When her kids were little she was in the Louise White PTO and served as the President. She then moved on to become a 6 year member of the Batavia Mothers Club where she also served as president for a year. When the kids were in high school Diane became a member of the Batavia Sports booster where she wrapped many many raffle prizes for their annual dinner dance. At present Diane is a member of the Batavia Woman's Club. She is serving as the Ways and Means chair this year.
As the Ways and Means Chair of this organization I am proud to raise funds in support. The Batavia Women's Club was formed in 1892 by twelve women who met regularly in their homes. Originally named the Woman's Colombian Club, the name was changed to Batavia Woman's Club (BWC) in 1895. In 2017 we heralded our 125th Anniversary! BWC is a non-profit 501c3 philanthropic organization. We are dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through our community service. We focus on education and literacy, the environment, family and social issues with an emphasis on the welfare of women and children.
Beth Walker, Jamie Saam & Bonnie Baumgartner met last fall through the downtown nonprofit, Batavia MainStreet, an organization dedicated to creating a unique and vital downtown. Beth is the newly promoted Director to Batavia MainStreet. Jamie is MainStreet's Boardwalk Shop manager and Bonnie chairs the Artisan Collective.
These three amigos all have other commitments to our community such as Beth's past history with Studio - Batavia Visual Arts Booster that puts on productions such as Rock the Runway and Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence. Jamie currently serves on the local board of directors for the Batavia Chamber & CVB. She also volunteers for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Cyclones Hockey all while owning/operating her family business, Bulldog Plumbing. Bonnie serves on Suicide Prevention Services board of directors and volunteers for the National Suicide Lifeline. She works as Marketing and Events Coordinator for Bar Evolution.
Suicide Prevention Services mission is to open minds, save lives and restore hope through prevention, intervention and postvention, using education, advocacy and collaboration. They answer for the national suicide lifeline & our own local depression line, offer counseling services, support groups, school outreach, community workshops & education as well as prevention training.
Austin Dempsey, CEO of BEI Properties, Inc. and Principal of Batavia Enterprises Real Estate, LLC a third-generation business committed to bringing the Fox Valley customer focused commercial, residential and property management services. After graduating high school from Marmion Military Academy, he attended Butler University in Indianapolis, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Marketing. He obtained his Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Management and Finance from Loyola University — Chicago. Mr. Dempsey is also licensed as an Illinois Real Estate Broker.
Residing in Batavia, IL with his wife Melissa, two sons Colton and Bennet and daughter Cora, Mr. Dempsey is very active in the local community. In 2017 Mr. Dempsey was recognized with the "Best Under 40 Award" because of his outstanding leadership and professional accomplishments within the community. He was also recognized with the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award by the Business Ledger in 2010 for Regional Spirit and again in 2015 for Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs.
Mutual Ground is non-profit agency providing trauma-informed, victim-centered, culturally sensitive services to individuals and families impacted by domestic and/or sexual violence. Mutual Ground is the only comprehensive domestic and sexual violence center serving southern Kane and Kendall Counties, including the city of Aurora in DuPage County. Their services include: crisis hotline, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, individual, group and family counseling, hospital response and prevention education.
John Heath lead the Batavia High School Band for many years before retiring. He is well loved and missed at the High School
The Batavia Community Band was conceived as a means by which talented musicians of all ages could come together for the pure joy of creating and sharing music. Many people have wonderful memories of their band experiences from middle school, high school, and college, but have not had many opportunities to play as adults, busy with careers and raising families.