It’s beginning to look a lot like … fall, actually, but the planning already already has begun for St. Charles’ annual Holiday Homecoming.
The Downtown St. Charles Partnership this week announced its initial plans for Holiday Homecoming 2012 and that Craig Larson, founder and president of AHC Advisors Inc., will serve in the volunteer role as chairman.
The announcement came just days after the St. Charles City Council’s Government Service Committee voted unanimously to recommend approval of a resolution for the closure of Routes 64 and 31 on Nov. 24, 2012, to accommodate the Electric Christmas Parade, a centerpiece of the holiday event.
According to a release from the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, the Holiday Homecoming starts Friday, Nov. 23, with Lighting of the Lights in the First Street Plaza. But it continues Saturday, Nov. 24, featuring the Electric Christmas Parade. Other activities during the two-day event include Movies at the Arcada Theatre, Sleigh Rides, and Visits with Santa.
All Holiday Homecoming events and activities are free of charge.
Larsen, of St. Charles, has volunteered with the Downtown St. Charles Partnership for several years and is a past Holiday Homecoming committee member. As the 2012 chairman, the release states, Larsen is responsible for helping orchestrate the two-day event which aims to bring people to downtown St. Charles to kick off the holiday season.
A Professional and Chartered Financial Consultant CFP®, Larsen founded his business in 1995 as a fee-only investment adviser, the release states. AHC Advisors serves clients in the suburbs of Chicago, including the Tri-Cities of St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia. Professionally, Craig serves as treasurer for the Financial Planning Association of Illinois. Larsen also is very active in the community and recently joined the Tri City Family Services Board of Directors.
In addition to Larsen, the release states, the committee is made up of other community volunteers including: John Hughes of N Henry and Son; Steve Martin of First State Bank; resident Darlene Riebe; Deb Fee of St. Charles Bank and Trust; Rose Canfield of Solutions Networking; resident Betsy Penny; resident Michelle Glowinski; and resident Suzanne Simons.
“We are so fortunate to have this group of dedicated volunteers on our Holiday Homecoming committee, and are extremely pleased that Craig Larsen is the Holiday Homecoming committee chair. He is a natural leader and has already made huge contributions in this role. This is such a great group of people who already contribute so much to the St. Charles community,” said Downtown St. Charles Partnership Executive Director Lynne Schwartz.
The 2012 Holiday Homecoming’s presenting sponsor is Fox Valley Auto Group. Gold sponsors include: St. Charles Bank and Trust, Onesti Entertainment, BMO Harris Bank, AAA Insurance, Kane County Chronicle, and The PrivateBank. Committed bronze sponsors include Veolia Environmental Services and McGrath Honda. Silver and bronze sponsorships remain available for businesses as well as Parade Entries for business and organizations.
For more information on Holiday Homecoming events, sponsorship, parade entry, and more visit www.DowntownStCharles.org/HolidayHomecoming or call the Downtown St. Charles Partnership office at 630-443-3967.