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  • Lake Zurich's New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church participated in the Navy's Adopt-A-Sailor program on Thanksgiving day, bringing twelve recruits to the driving range at the Libertyville Sports Complex. Shawnesha Madison of Las Vegas is thrilled with one of her tee shots Thursday.

       Lake Zurich's New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church participated in the Navy's Adopt-A-Sailor program on Thanksgiving day, bringing twelve recruits to the driving range at the Libertyville Sports Complex. Shawnesha Madison of Las Vegas is thrilled with one of her tee shots Thursday.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Samuel Harsh of Monroe, North Carolina hits the driving range at the Libertyville Sports Complex Thanksgiving day. He and eleven other Great Lakes recruits were treated to a day of fun compliments of the New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Zurich.

       Samuel Harsh of Monroe, North Carolina hits the driving range at the Libertyville Sports Complex Thanksgiving day. He and eleven other Great Lakes recruits were treated to a day of fun compliments of the New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Zurich.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Amber Mathews, right, of Atlanta, Georgia, gets some tips from Pastor Andrew Bauer of New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Libertyville Sports Complex Thursday. The Lake Zurich church adopted 12 sailors from Great Lakes providing them with a Thanksgiving meal and entertainment.

       Amber Mathews, right, of Atlanta, Georgia, gets some tips from Pastor Andrew Bauer of New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Libertyville Sports Complex Thursday. The Lake Zurich church adopted 12 sailors from Great Lakes providing them with a Thanksgiving meal and entertainment.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • The Palatine Turkey Trot 2-mile run begins at Harper College with hundreds of runners of all ages including Kelly Ksiazek ,31, of Palatine dressed to add a bit of humor to the race.

       The Palatine Turkey Trot 2-mile run begins at Harper College with hundreds of runners of all ages including Kelly Ksiazek ,31, of Palatine dressed to add a bit of humor to the race.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Jeff Thode of Schaumburg entered and won both the two-mile and five-mile Palatine Turkey Trot races on Thursday morning.

       Jeff Thode of Schaumburg entered and won both the two-mile and five-mile Palatine Turkey Trot races on Thursday morning.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Palatine Turkey Trot two-mile race begins at Harper College.

       The Palatine Turkey Trot two-mile race begins at Harper College.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Palatine Turkey Trot five-mile run begins at Harper College.

       The Palatine Turkey Trot five-mile run begins at Harper College.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Tom Spadafora of Aurora and hundreds of other runners head uphill on Houston Street for the start of the 15th annual Fox and the Turkey four-Mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving morning. Spadafora is a member of the Fox River Trail runners.

       Tom Spadafora of Aurora and hundreds of other runners head uphill on Houston Street for the start of the 15th annual Fox and the Turkey four-Mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving morning. Spadafora is a member of the Fox River Trail runners.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Bethann Bock of South Elgin nears the finish line in the 15th annual Fox and the Turkey four-mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving morning. Bock ran with her son, Rob, and several other family members visiting from out of town.

       Bethann Bock of South Elgin nears the finish line in the 15th annual Fox and the Turkey four-mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving morning. Bock ran with her son, Rob, and several other family members visiting from out of town.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Hundreds take off for the start of the 15th annual Fox and the Turkey four-mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving morning.

       Hundreds take off for the start of the 15th annual Fox and the Turkey four-mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving morning.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Lucas Rohan, 6, of Batavia hangs on tight to the legs of his turkey hat as he nears the finish line for the 15th annual Fox and the Turkey Youth Mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving morning.

       Lucas Rohan, 6, of Batavia hangs on tight to the legs of his turkey hat as he nears the finish line for the 15th annual Fox and the Turkey Youth Mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving morning.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church senior pastor Timothy Kinne offers the blessing and welcomes guests to the Thanksgiving dinner at the Hawthorn Woods church Thursday.

       St. Matthew Lutheran Church senior pastor Timothy Kinne offers the blessing and welcomes guests to the Thanksgiving dinner at the Hawthorn Woods church Thursday.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods held their Thanksgiving meal Thursday with guests, from left, Shaker Khamissi of Iran, Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Arabic Fellowship Church and Tony Crisara of Mundelein.

       St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods held their Thanksgiving meal Thursday with guests, from left, Shaker Khamissi of Iran, Pastor Hicham Chehab of Salam Arabic Fellowship Church and Tony Crisara of Mundelein.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods held their annual Thanksgiving meal Thursday.

       St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods held their annual Thanksgiving meal Thursday.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Kyrie Vaughn,19, of Cocoa, Florida makes her free phone call home to her aunt to chat about her upcoming graduation after Thanksgiving turkey dinner at Wheeling Amvets. Dinner was supplied for over sixty recuits from Great Lakes Naval Station.

       Kyrie Vaughn,19, of Cocoa, Florida makes her free phone call home to her aunt to chat about her upcoming graduation after Thanksgiving turkey dinner at Wheeling Amvets. Dinner was supplied for over sixty recuits from Great Lakes Naval Station.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Darlene Dorsey of Wheeling carefully spreads gravy over the Thanksgiving turkey dinner of Sang Tian,24, of California at Wheeling Amvets on Thursday.

       Darlene Dorsey of Wheeling carefully spreads gravy over the Thanksgiving turkey dinner of Sang Tian,24, of California at Wheeling Amvets on Thursday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Eleanor Moeller, 6, of Elgin joins in prayer with her mother, Anna, and other volunteers before the start of the Thanksgiving Community Dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

       Eleanor Moeller, 6, of Elgin joins in prayer with her mother, Anna, and other volunteers before the start of the Thanksgiving Community Dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Mika Bradburn ,left, 9, of Downers Grove serves butter to Brianna Fernandez-Diaz ,right, 6, and her father, Ubaldo, of Elgin at the Thanksgiving Community Dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Mika was volunteering with his grandparents Ruth and John Bradburn of Elgin.

       Mika Bradburn ,left, 9, of Downers Grove serves butter to Brianna Fernandez-Diaz ,right, 6, and her father, Ubaldo, of Elgin at the Thanksgiving Community Dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Mika was volunteering with his grandparents Ruth and John Bradburn of Elgin.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer Angela Kibbe of Elgin greets Thanksgiving dinner organizer and chef Jeff Turner of "In the Neighborhood Deli" while serving desserts at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Kibbe is a brand new mother after trying for 12 years. She says she was so thankful that when she saw the ad in a newspaper asking for volunteers for the Thanksgiving dinner, she knew it was what she wanted to do this year.

       Volunteer Angela Kibbe of Elgin greets Thanksgiving dinner organizer and chef Jeff Turner of "In the Neighborhood Deli" while serving desserts at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Kibbe is a brand new mother after trying for 12 years. She says she was so thankful that when she saw the ad in a newspaper asking for volunteers for the Thanksgiving dinner, she knew it was what she wanted to do this year.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Jesse Greco of Elgin plays requests for diners at the Thanksgiving Community Dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

       Jesse Greco of Elgin plays requests for diners at the Thanksgiving Community Dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Ashley Marks of Sandusky, Michigan calls home. Marks, along with 150 other Great Lakes Navy recruits, visited Villa Park VFW Post 2801 for Thanksgiving dinner and entertainment.

       Ashley Marks of Sandusky, Michigan calls home. Marks, along with 150 other Great Lakes Navy recruits, visited Villa Park VFW Post 2801 for Thanksgiving dinner and entertainment.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The table is set for Great Lakes Navy recruits to enjoy Thanksgiving at Villa Park VFW Post 2801.

       The table is set for Great Lakes Navy recruits to enjoy Thanksgiving at Villa Park VFW Post 2801.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer Pat Leazenby, left, is thanked by some of the 150 Great Lakes Naval recruits for the Molly's Adopt-a-Sailor program at Villa Park VFW Post 2801.

       Volunteer Pat Leazenby, left, is thanked by some of the 150 Great Lakes Naval recruits for the Molly's Adopt-a-Sailor program at Villa Park VFW Post 2801.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Chaplain Terry Mullen, left, speaks a Thanksgiving blessing with Naval recruit Michael Littlelight, center, of Selah, Washington. He, along with 150 other Great Lakes Navy recruits, enjoyed Thanksgiving at Villa Park VFW Post 2801, along with Post Commander Dennis Geiseman, right.

       Chaplain Terry Mullen, left, speaks a Thanksgiving blessing with Naval recruit Michael Littlelight, center, of Selah, Washington. He, along with 150 other Great Lakes Navy recruits, enjoyed Thanksgiving at Villa Park VFW Post 2801, along with Post Commander Dennis Geiseman, right.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 

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