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Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Dear Friends,
Welcome to the 33rd edition of the Jane Network News! October 4th marks my 43rd year in business!  Say goodbye to summer and fall into a wonderful season! Have a great read!

Enjoy the read. 



Summer flew by and already it is October and almost the end of another year. For my Jewish friends September is a time for renewal and the start of the high holidays and a New Year. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 29 and the holidays end with Yom Kippur on October 8. L’shanh Tovah – means for a very good year!

Click here for video of Mayim Bialik explaining the Jewish holidays

The month of September represents a new school year for many and an opportunity to renew friends we missed seeing over the summer. 

The classic song “See you In September” hopes you don’t forget friends and people you have not seen in a while. People know me for having an incredible memory and I am reminded of it often. Right along with the phrase, “Jane knows everybody” or “everybody knows Jane.” I have always had a gift of retaining information and factoids about people, places and events. Lucky for my Jane Network News readers that I remember people and details for events. It makes for interesting memories to share with all of you!

The Eventors were hired many years ago by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton to coordinate festivities around a Steeplechase event held on the grounds of St. James Farm & Equestrian Venue. The Steeplechase is a distance horse race where competitors are required to jump diverse fence and ditch obstacles. Steeple chasing was conducted in Ireland where it originated, and the name is derived from early races in which orientation of the course was by reference to a church steeple while traversing obstacles in the countryside. The 595-acre St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville was once a haven for horses. Now it is a haven for visitors with historic buildings, sculpture, artwork and trails to take in wildlife, picnic, and fish for largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. The original farm was the retreat of the McCormick family where Chauncey & Marion McCormick purchased 203 acres in 1920. Chauncey was the great nephew of Cyrus McCormick who invented the first commercially successful mechanical reaper and in 1851 cofounded the McCormick Reaper works which merged with Deering Harvester Co. in 1906 to become International Harvester Corp.

In the late 1950’s the property passed to the McCormick’s son Brooks who managed the estate with his wife Hope. He retired from International harvester in 1980 and began to aggressively develop the estates renowned equestrian facilities which grew to include a 62-stall stable for competitors’ horses and a 1.5-mile steeplechase track, a 200-seat concession area and dressage and jumping arenas.

St. James Farm hosted several international eventing and dressage competitions and the annual steeplechase which drew up to 14,000 spectators and raised funds for Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton. Spectators are encouraged to picnic, wear festive garb, costumes and hats and imbibe in snacks, desserts and specialty beverages.

I had the opportunity to meet many fixtures in the worlds of event and philanthropy. The legendary Betty Brown and her husband Floyd (WGN Radio host and entrepreneur) were invited to help judge some of the pastry and food competitions. Betty is pictured here with some guests.

Betty Brown (pictured above)

The late Dollie Galter, a noted philanthropist, loved horses and was a rider in her day. Here she is pictured with me, borrowing my hat and watching the proceedings. Everyone who attends a Steeplechase in the fall experiences a festive event while watching thoroughbred horses run and jump and show what they are born to do.

Tony DeCavitch is a good friend and Eventor – here he is at the Steeplechase declaring the event a success. With many of my Columbia College students Tony was reconnected with Katja Lindy-Wilkinson a few years ago and a friendship made in my events & promotions class led to a lifetime career. Tony has always said that he never needed a resume, he “Knew Jane!”
Katja Lindy-Wilkinson
When I left Finland in the summer of 1993 to go to college in Chicago, I would not have been able imagine where life would take me. Columbia College (grad ’96) provided me the education, experience and connections that I needed to get my career started in the new country. After some years in marketing with Chicago’s Office of Tourism and an agency in Los Angeles, I took a break and went back to school for an MBA at Thunderbird Graduate School in Glendale, AZ (grad ’02). Today I am busy working as the CEO for Picote Solutions, an international company with offices in Finland, UK & the U.S. For the past 11 years, we have grown Picote from a small Finland-based drain repair services business to a global manufacturer of trenchless products & solutions for the international sewer industry. We now have about 50 resellers around the world. It’s an amazing accomplishment for our team. I have also enjoyed working with fellow Columbia grad and friend Tony Decavitch, our Global Sales Director, for many years now. We still have lots of work to do and are looking forward to continuing our exciting global journey.

The legendary children’s singer Ella Jenkins turned 95 in August and I was delighted to join in the festivities at Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville in August. There is a project to raise funds for the completion of a documentary about Ella. Join in to support this wonderful effort and honor my good friend and neighbor. My son Christopher interviewed Ella for Black History month when he was in grade school – she lived on our block on Mohawk and we are still connected.

Ella Jenkins: We'll Sing a Song Together is a documentary celebrating the extraordinary life and pioneering work of the First Lady of Children's Music, Ella Jenkins. You can help to support post-production on the film with a donation via Company of Folk. A brief teaser for the film is here.
Click here to donate!
Frankie Valli was in Chicago this past weekend and put on a concert at the Rosemont Theatre. He wants us all to celebrate fall and of course THE FOUR SEASONS.
Click here for his website!
Can't make this one? Join us October 28th!

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Graduating this year? Planning your next career move? Want to maintain your personal and professional connections? Let Jane help! Email us your story and we'll help connect you to the right person, who can connect you to your future! 
Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Jane E. Canepa
President, The Eventors, Inc. 
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