Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sandrock Named 2018 Grand Marshal

The Pekin Marigold Festival Committee is happy to announce Dale Sandrock as the 2018 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal. The Kiwanis Club of Pekin nominated Dale and made the surprise announcement at one of their weekly meetings. They wrote in their nomination that Dale “cares deeply for his community and is consistently doing what he can to make the world around him a better place.” 

It has always been important to Dale to help others. It is no secret that he assists his neighbors by cutting grass and removing snow. After the North Pekin tornado, Dale spent many hours using his heavy equipment to clean up the area. He makes himself available to encourage friends and family and to provide advice and support.

Dale sees the value in investing in the future and finding ways to enrich the youth. He & his wife, Lela, were host parents to foreign exchange students thru Youth For Understanding (YFU) and volunteered as area representatives for the YFU by interviewing families interested in hosting as well as chaperoning students safely back to their home country. Dale recently started a recognition program to encourage and honor members of the Boys and Girls Club of Pekin for honesty, leadership, good decisions, and volunteering. He once helped a troubled young man get back on track by acting as a mentor, paying for college, and ultimately helping the young man land a job. This relationship led to the formation of The Dale and Lela Sandrock Scholarship which provides two graduates of PCHS, who are in the top 50% of their graduating class with financial need, the opportunity to earn a four-year college degree.

Dale is involved in many community organizations and his contributions don’t stop with his time and talents. He has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin for 22 years & currently serves on the board. He recently purchased a kettle corn maker that will help in the club’s fundraising efforts for years to come and made a generous donation through the club for the “Fund a Ride for Austin and Jackson” project which provided a handicap accessible van for two brothers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Dale has served on the Pekin Public Library board, the Pekin Concert Association and as a Deacon & youth leader at First Christian Church. He has been a member of the Pekin Barbershop Chorus and the Tazewell County Museum and Education Center. He donates to the University of Illinois Foundation for trophies at the 4-H Fair, summer band concerts in Mineral Springs Park, the Salvation Army of Pekin, Carol’s House of Hope, AMBUCS, and to many more.

The nomination for Dale Sandrock described him as “very humble and never seeking praise or attention, which is why he is so deserving of this honor.”

Congratulations, Dale Sandrock - our 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshal!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Cheers to Marigolds Welcome John Ratzenberger!!!

The Pekin Marigold Festival proudly welcomes John Ratzenberger as our 2018 Guest Celebrity to help us celebrate the festival theme: “Cheers to Marigolds.” John will be joining us on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, September 8th and 9th.
A multi-Emmy-nominated actor and accomplished screenwriter, director, producer and author, John Ratzenberger may be best known for playing mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the long-running NBC sitcom “Cheers.” Along with his eleven seasons on “Cheers”, John has worked in feature films, made appearances on numerous TV shows and commercials, but animation has been a natural home to John’s versatile vocal talents. He is the only actor to participate in every Pixar film, voicing the iconic characters of Mack the Truck, Hamm the Piggy Bank and his favorite, P.T. Flea. Due to John’s volume of film work, he is listed as the 6th most successful actor of all time in terms of box office receipts.
John produced and starred in the Travel Channel documentary series “Made in America,” which highlighted U.S.-made goods and workers. He also co-founded the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness among young people of skilled trades and engineering disciplines. And in 2010, he became affiliated with and now represents the Center for America (formerly the Foundation for Fair Civil Justice) to further develop his work and increase awareness about the skilled worker shortage facing the United States and the changes needed to positively impact and increase the number of skilled workers. Articles written by John about the skills shortage in America have appeared in many leading publications and web blogs.
John was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, attended St. Ann's School in Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 1971, he moved to London and while working as a carpenter in London, he began his career in the performing arts. Early in his career, John founded Eco Pak Industries, a company that developed and manufactured packaging alternatives made from biodegradable and non-toxic recycled paper as a safe alternative to Styrofoam “peanuts” and plastic bubble wrap which is now used worldwide.
John Ratzenberger will be riding in the Marigold Festival Parade sponsored by Busey Bank, signing autographs at the Celebrity Tent sponsored by Kouri’s Pub and answering questions during a special Q & A Session. Watch for more details on the Marigold Festival Facebook Page and website.
We look forward to having John Ratzenberger at the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival with “Cheers to Marigolds”!