The grand marshal for the 2014 Algonquin Founders' Days Parade will be Pamela Perrott. The parade will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26.
She was born in Northlake, where she met her future husband, Joseph. They married in 1972. They remained in the Northlake area, where Pamela was a volunteer EMT until 1986, when they had a house built in Algonquin.
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Pamela's connection with Algonquin started as a child, her parents would pack up all the siblings and drive to Algonquin to picnic with family friends who lived by the river. Those memories, being dear to her heart, are what led them to Algonquin.
After the birth of her sons, Perrott developed a strong sense of community. She became involved in the Eastview Elementary PTO where she served as president. For several years, she was a Den Leader in Cub Scout Pack 151 and Scout Leader for Troop 155. As a leader, she earned her Order of the Arrow and Wood Badge award and is currently a merit badge counselor.
Perrott joined the Algonquin Lioness Club in 1997, where she has held and continues to hold, many offices, including president. She was the Lioness liaison to the Founders' Days committee and co-chair of the Algonquin Hill Climb in 2004 and 2005. She had co-chaired Art in the Park at past Algonquin Founders' Days events.
Personal achievements include becoming Master Body Builder in 1993 and earning her art degree from Elgin Community College in 1998. One of her proudest moments was when she raised money and completed the 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer in 2002.
In 2008, she was diagnosed with Huntington's disease. She quickly became involved with the Illinois Chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America. She is now helping with fundraisers and spreading awareness. Perrott and her daughter-in-law, Danielle, put on the annual "Hot Rods for Huntington's Disease" event held at Volo Auto Museum.