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Santa joins Lake Villa Historical Society’s fund-raising effort

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Updated: February 8, 2013 1:15AM

Santa Claus visited the Lehmann Mansion on Sunday for the Lake Villa Historical Society’s inaugural pancake breakfast with Santa.

The event included holiday crafts with Lake Villa and Round Lake Beach Girl Scout Troop 41560, and three musical groups from Grayslake North High School.

The Lake Villa Township Lions Club donated its time and manpower to the fund-raiser. Proceeds go to the historical society’s remodeling costs to transform the former rescue-squad station in Lake Villa into a museum.

“You just can’t go wrong when you’ve got the museum and Santa Claus. We received several comments from the public asking if we would do this again. I would say at this point we would definitely do this again,” said Sue Cribb, Lake Villa Historical Society president.

The event raised about $4,000, she said.

The Hutson family of Lake Villa was among 430 visitors to the pancake breakfast.

“We wanted (the kids) to see Santa and we’ve wanted to come to Lehmann Mansion for a while,” said Jen Hutson.

She and her husband Danny brought their son Ethan, 3, and daughter Jenna, 10 months, to visit Santa. They have attended functions outside the Lehmann Mansion, but never had an opportunity to go inside before.

The food was good, Danny said. They said they liked that proceeds benefit the Lake Villa Historical Society.

The historical society has been renting space at 113 Cedar Ave. for the past decade for the museum.

“It’s not big enough. We are getting donations all the time. We are running out of space,” Cribb said.

The former rescue-squad station, located at 223 Lake Ave., was donated to the historical society. The historical society needs about $35,000 to remodel it for offices and museum space. So far, the historical society has raised about $12,000.

“Next year is our 10th year as an organization. Hopefully we’ll be able to do a grand opening in conjunction with our anniversary,” Cribb said.

Lake Villa Township Lions Club members Julie and Bill Stanley suggested the pancake breakfast, Cribb said. The Lions club puts on two pancake breakfasts per year.

“We thought pancakes would be a great way for them to get their cause out to the community,” Julie said.

The historical society wasn’t the only cause being supported at Sunday’s event. The girl scout troop was selling handmade crafts to support Hurricane Sandy survivors. About 10 girl scouts helped organize the Santa Claus line, and did a craft with older kids.

“We do a lot of different community events,” said co-leader Reva Cheatham of Lake Villa.

Girl Scout Molly Scalf of Round Lake Beach made some of the barrettes and stained-glass angels to be sold for hurricane relief funds.

“I like helping other people and I think it’s a fun idea to make crafts,” the fifth-grader said.

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