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.
This year's Halloween Hooligans is over but we've got a little something to keep you going until next year; pictures! Click or tap any of the dignitaries below to see them in their winning costumes or find them in this lovely group photo.
Dave has been a resident of Batavia since 1990 and is a Tri-Cities native. He sits on the BATV Board of Directors, where he has been a volunteer since 2006, serving as the play-by-play voice of Bulldog sports for over 300 contests. Dave has a project management background in the telecom industry.
Alan has served on the Batavia City Council since 2003, and is currently President of the BATV Board of Directors. For more than ten seasons, Alan has volunteered with the production of Bulldog football and basketball broadcasts, as well as providing color commentary. Alan is a Lead Technician at Batavia Mobil and a Tri-City Ambulance representative.
Tom is the Treasurer for the Batavia Arts Council. Beyond that, Tom fully recognizes he doesn't qualify as a local dignitary. Nevertheless, the Council has agreed to let him participate in the fun anyway. Tom is retired from the insurance industry, and he and his wife, Lea, have been Batavia residents since 2000.
Dan is President of the Batavia Historical Society and a member of the Batavia Rotary and the Brotherhood banquet committee. Dan is playing to help fund a new exhibit area and Welcome to Batavia Center for the Batavia Historical Society.
John Heath lead the Batavia High School Band for many years before retiring. He is well loved and missed at the High School
Your donated dollars equal votes for the costume of choice and help support the Batavia Arts Council mission to provide scholarships and grants to local artists and art projects.
John is also participating to raise funds for the Batavia Music Buffs. 20% of the revenue of your voting dollars will go to the Batavia Music Buffs, and if he raised the most money, and additional 10% of the total profits from Hooligans will also go to his charity.
Bonnie is the relatively new Events Coordinator at Batavia MainStreet joining the team this past June. As the Events Coordinator she helps facilitate citywide events such as Cocktails in the Park, The Batavia dinner table & Oktoberfest to mention a few. Bonnie is the proud mom to three children aged 3, 5 & 7. She is also a substitute teacher for Batavia Public Schools district 101. When not putting on community events or managing classrooms she is often seen bike riding the fox with her husband and kids enjoying Batavia's downtown. Bonnie is an ISU alumni with a degree in Psychology and a passion for mental health. With your vote you support Suicide Prevention Services. SPS is a non profit located in Batavia that offers a volunteer ran 24-hour crisis line, counseling services, depression screening, workshops, prevention training, intervention in schools, support groups and annual awareness events. If you are interested in learning more about SPS or volunteer opportunities please contact them at 630.482.9699. If you are in need of help yourself it is only a phone call away — 1.800.273.8255. Thank you for supporting your community's mental health!
Dawn Zalkus is proud to be an educator and artist teaching at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL. She loves working with students to build a strong artistic community where young artists feel safe, support one another, and share ideas. The core of this community fosters the idea of lifelong learning and growth while discovering the greatness of which everyone is capable. Working in partnership with her students Zalkus helps to strengthen their artistic voice and development, keeping critical thinking, questioning, originality, choice, and technique building at the forefront. At Batavia, Zalkus has helped to establish a National Art Honor Society Chapter, P.L.A.T.E. event, BHS Rock the Runway Wearable Art Fashion Show, BHS I Heart Art Invitational Art Show, The Batavia Fine Arts Festival, Empty Bowls Event, Studio Batavia's Visual Arts Booster, community partnerships, and has fostered Batavia's participation in many local and national art shows. Zalkus was named the 2018 Illinois Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association.
When not teaching Zalkus enjoys creating both functional and sculptural ceramic works, fashion, traveling, boating and enjoying life with her husband, Jeremy, family, friends, and four cats. Recently, Zalkus constructed her first wearable art garment from metal and crepe paper, entitled "Pretty Powerful" which was shown at the Water Street Studios' Eye of the Beholder Exhibition and earned her the People's Choice Award. Last spring Zalkus painted the "Always Learning, Always Growing Dog," as a part of Batavia's Bulldogs Unleashed, which spent the summer basking in the sun on the streets of downtown Batavia. Zalkus looks forward to participating in Halloween Hooligans and supporting the arts in Batavia. Her donations will go toward Studio Batavia Visual Arts Booster. Studio is hoping to purchase a new runway for BHS Rock the Runway's 10th Anniversary Show, Nostalgia, Jan. 11, 2019 in the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.
Paula is a 20 year resident and business owner in Batavia. She has volunteered her time with Batavia Main Street and the Batavia Interfaith Clothes Closet prior to the opening of her consignment shop, Paula's charity will be the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.
Missi Hartmann is a mom of 3, wife and owner of The Tea Tree in beautiful downtown Batavia. Her love for tea and healthy living has inspired her to open a place that she could share this lifestyle with others. The Tea Tree is not only a retail shop, but a place to relax and slow down from everyday life. When not at the shop, Missi loves to spend time with her family. She loves the outdoors, unexpected adventures and traveling.