Each month the Hoffman Estates Park District staff and commissioners review the district's volunteers and participants, searching for men, women and children who best exemplify the interests of the park district. These people are then recognized as the Best of Hoffman at a Park Board meeting and presented with a Board proclamation. We are lucky and honored to be affiliated with these individuals. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, download a nomination form and fax it back to 847-885-7523.
2013 Volunteer of the Year
Joe Bolbot was named Best of Hoffman in January 2013. He has been chosen among all the other Best of Hoffman recipients in 2013 to be our Volunteer of the Year 2013. Joe was chosen because of the joy he brings to so many people in the community. He has been an important volunteer at our Skate with Santa for the past 5 years and at our Great Egg Slide event. Joe has also been the announcer for ice skating’s Basic Skills competition. He and his wife, Adrienne, help with ice show sets for every ice skating event. Their daughter Alyssa skates in our figure skating program. Joe is a shining example of the positive impact that volunteering can have on our families, our communities and our world. Thank you Joe!
April, Wolf Pack Squirt AA Team
We would like to congratulate the team for their accomplishments during the 2013-2014 season. The team went 15-1 in the NIHL Squirt Gold B division to capture the Presidents Cup and went undefeated in the Wolves Cup Playoffs, bringing home the championship banner.
They are the first team in Wolf Pack history to win both a Presidents Cup and Wolves Cup Championship at the Gold level. The team also went undefeated and won the South Bend Cup earlier in the season. Most players had never played together before this season, but through hard work, discipline, dedicated coaches, parents and players they really came together as a team on and off the ice.
The Park District enjoys when the youth in our community are involved in sports of any kind. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. We are very proud of the season you’ve had with the Wolf Pack and hope that you remain active for the rest of your lives.
March, Patricia Ramos
Patricia Ramos was named Best of Hoffman for her invaluable service to the the 50+ Club. Patricia began in early 2013 by organizing the 50+ tickler file for trip and speaker ideas, categorizing them by month and discarding any material that was outdated or no longer relevant.
Once that task was done, Pat began helping the 50+ Club by preparing the monthly newsletter for mailing. She would clean up the membership rolls and add any new members in preparation for the mailing, then stuff and label the envelopes.
Her biggest task, and one we will be forever grateful for her completing, came when St. Alexius Medical Center transferred its Golden Circle (senior program) membership to us. There were 548 new names to input into our membership files. She spent many hours, over many days, over many weeks, updating our membership lists to incorporate our new members’ names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses! Rica said they would still be working on it today if she hadn’t taken on this task! Thank you Patricia!
Park Pioneer Award, Joseph Fabbrini
As part of its 50th year-long celebration, the Hoffman Estates Park District Board of Commissioners designated Joseph L. Fabbrini as a “Park Pioneer” at its regular board meeting on Tuesday, March 25. Accepting the award on behalf of his late father was Jim Fabbrini. The Park Pioneer award recognizes individuals and organizations who have made major contributions to the park district over the years.
Joseph Fabbrini was a member of the village park board and on the park district steering committee that took the referendum to vote forming the Park District in 1964. Fabbrini was among the first residents elected to the Board of Commissioners. The commissioners took office on May 22, 1964. He served on the Park Board as a commissioner and as the Park District’s first director through 1967. Read more here.
February, HEAA Junior Midget Redhawks Football
We would like to recognize the Junior Midget Redhawks Football team which is made up of twenty-one 7th and 8th grade boys. In December they earned their way to the National Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida by defeating the Northeast Pride and the Jensen Beach, Florida teams. They took 2nd in the Nation and we are very proud of them! Great job, guys!
February, HEAA Pee Wee Medium Level 2 Redhawks Cheer Squad
January 2014, Jennifer Warren and Chrissy Christian
On December 1st one of our pre-school teachers sadly and unexpectedly passed away. Two parents, Jennifer Warren and Chrissy Christian, stepped up to assist the family during this very sad time. Jennifer Warren and Chrissy Christian developed a “Helping Hands” group of preschool parents. Using a volunteer website, Jennifer and Chrissy developed a calendar for the preschool parents to sign-up to help the family. They have organized meal donations, snow removal, babysitting, carpooling, fundraising, and family events. It is simply amazing how much these two parents have done since Sabrina’s passing. The preschool has bonded together to support the family in need. The Park DIstrict appreciates all that you have done to ease the burden for a family that has suffered a tremendous loss.
January 2014, Wolf Pack Midget Travel Team
Our Wolf Pack Midget Minor Travel Team (15 and 16 year olds) are January's Best of Hoffman having won the Silver Sticks Tournament in Canada. Silver Sticks is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the whole youth hockey world. It took Coach Eguchi's persistent pressure on the Silver Stick committee to give a relatively unknown Wolf Pack program a chance to compete in this tournament that consists of winning teams from all over Canada and the U.S.
The team traveled all night and drove directly to the rink to play the first game the next morning. These players stuck to strict curfews, eating plans, team prayers and physical conditioning to give them the chance to compete against some massive sized teams, playing six long, grueling games. An amazing accomplishment, by a class act group of players, leaders and parents.