SECA Reallocating Ribfest Funds | Pancreatic Cancer Walk | James Patterson to Visit

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SECA Reallocating Ribfest Funds

Last night, the Special Events and Cultural Amenities, or SECA, Commission discussed the reallocation of funds from both Christkindlemarket and Naperville Ribfest. The 2020 funds for Ribfest is $297,000, which needs to be reallocated due to the event moving to Romeoville that year. After much discussion, the group approved to focus one-third of the funds to new initiatives, one-third to expansions of existing projects, and one-third to fulfill projects that weren’t previously fully funded. Any further details on that decision will be discussed at their next meeting. The commission also discussed what to do with the $70,000 that had been awarded to Christkindlemarket this year, as it awarded before it was announced the holiday festival was leaving Naper Settlement. The commission ultimately tabled that decision to their next meeting, which has yet to be scheduled.


Pancreatic Cancer Walk

You still have time to register for the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk happening this weekend. The annual Naperville Walk directly goes to pancreatic cancer research through the Lustgarten Foundation. So far they’ve raised $74,300, with the goal to reach $90,000. James Holzhauer of Jeopardy fame also donated the Naperville Walk this year. The walk begins at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday and you can register on location at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion or on


James Patterson to Visit

Multi-award winning author James Patterson is slated to come to Naperville this fall. Known for such works as Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, and many others, he’ll be in town to promote his latest book, Killer Instinct. It’s about the murder of an Ivy League professor, which pulls the two working on the case together. The Anderson’s Bookshop event will include a book talk, Q& A, and ticket holders will receive a pre-signed copy of the thrilling novel. Tickets for the September 10 event are on sale now on the Anderson’s website.