Jaycees host free Easter egg hunt

The Palatine Jaycees will entertain local children up to nine years old on Sunday, April 9 with an Easter egg hunt starting at noon in Towne Square park.

“We will have 3,500 Easter eggs filled with candy and prizes in the grassy area of Towne Square,” said Ofelia Garcia, project co-chair. “We’ll divide the kids who wish to participate into groups by age. The youngest group will be for kids up to two years old, the next group will be three- to five-year-olds, then six- and seven-year-olds, and finally eight- and nine-year-olds. Each age group will be sent out separately to collect eggs.”

The Jaycees will also have the Easter Bunny attend the event. “Children will be able to have their pictures taken by their parents with the Easter Bunny for a small donation,” said Danielle Pishotta, project co-chair. There is no pre-registration for the event. Interested participants only need to show up at Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Rd.

The Easter egg hunt is just one of the ways the Jaycees give back to the community. Every year, the Palatine Jaycees conduct programs that serve the community and raise money for the chapter operation and community donations. Examples include the Hometown Fest Fourth of July celebration, Christmas tree sales, and Best Pizza Contest, each of which benefits the community and helps raise money.

The Palatine chapter of the Jaycees, one of 60 chapters throughout Illinois, has more than 120 members and is one of the largest chapters in the state. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 opportunities to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community.

The chapter meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 690. Anyone interested in learning more about the organization is invited to attend.

CORRECTION: The event start time was previously listed incorrectly.