CELEBRATE – Events & 2012 HOF

On October 30, 2021 the Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club will celebrate its 90th Anniversary and induct seven new members into the Hall of Fame. The event will be at the White Eagle Event and Convention Center in Niles, Illinois. Be sure to save the date. Look for event details on NBGC’s website, social media posts, emails and other sources.

This blog entry highlights the 2012 class of Hall of Fame inductees (below is a link to the program for that occasion). We also take time to reminisce about some of the special events the NBGC has hosted over the decades. Enjoy the memories…more importantly, make plans with your family and friends to join teammates for a wonderful night to celebrate the NBGC!
EVENTS…​Whether fund or “fun” raisers, the NBGC has a rich history of hosting events. The following is just a sampling of Hall of Famers and their families that made the events such a success;
Abplanalps…Bill took charge of the raffle and the grill…his mom and dad helping out in years past.
Barretts…Jack ran the Carnival while Giz took charge of the Food Booth.
Brandons…Rich worked around the clock on the grounds and at the clubhouse while Maryann took charge of the Money Tree Booth.
Goerners…Paul Sr. helped keep everything running smoothly from set-up to take down and everything in between. Jean ran the famous Tattoo/Souvenir Booth. Gloria ran the silver dollar booth and helped out in the Food Booth on day camp session.
Hovaths…Arp, with family and friends, ran the Ham & Bacon Booth.
Kartheisers…Jim ran the event FOR DECADES…Kathy was always there for the matinees and the crowded nights selling ride tickets…succeeding his mom (Dolores) who was a Ferris Wheel ticket seller years before.
Kattners…Pete set-up the soundstage for the early shows…and made sure appliances were working in the Food Booth.
Kriers…Pete, Tom, Jeanne, Linda, Scott and “Uncle Ed” staffed the Finance Committee.
Loosevelts…Ted and Juanita, the legendary Ham & Bacon booth co-hosts.
Lunkes…Illinois Battery’s truck was always there to move supplies from their warehouse and the clubhouse to the fest grounds.
Maxfields…Peter spent countless hours collecting donations on the hot parking lot asphalt.
McNultys…Jim spent days and nights at the fest grounds and the clubhouse making sure all was running smoothly.
Nickels…Tom made sure everything was set-up right and then ran the beer garden. Mary ran all sorts of booths and coordinated day camp sessions.
Ottesens…Gloria ran the Food Booth with help from Jerry and David.
Stones…Elma coordinated over 300 volunteers.
VanDenBosch…Tom was the snow fence banding expert, saving enough energy to be a grill master.
Weigelts…The catering company donated supplies, equipment and, most of all help for the Food Booth.
Zanayeds…The Sports Booth has its best years with Fares at the helm.

People of all ages considered the NBGC’s Haunted House to be one of the best in Chicago. It was the creation of Paul and Jean Goerner.

The 2021 Golf Outing is on September 20th at The Links at Carrillon ( It is the 52nd annual outing, in no small part due to the chairmanship of Arp Horvath, support of Bill Abplanalp past sponsors, including HOF’s Jim Kartheiser, Fares Zanayed, In memory of John Barrett (Tom Wenholz) and Frank Hashimoto.

Fares Zanayed came up with the idea of the NBGC Fun Run (Walk), which travelled through Revere and Horner Park a few years ago. The 2nd Annual Virtual Fun Run is THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 28TH (

NBGC has always cheered on the Bears and the Cubs…and the White Sox, Bulls and Hawks. Thanks to HOFs Jim Morici and Frank Hashimoto for their endless support of these events.

An upcoming blog post will be dedicated to the support and events of the Moms, Dads and Alumni!!!
2012 Anniversary & Hall of Fame Program
Jack Pittges
Daggers 1957 Reunion (click)
​Arena Football (click)
USFL Football (click)

Elma Stone
Carnival Diplomat (click)
Carnival Diplomat_more (click)
Grandmother of Future Member(click)

Paul Goerner, Sr.
Tom Sawyer Play (click)
For Better Men Award (click)
Community Directory (click)

Jean Goerner
Appeal to Parents (click)
“Skeleton” Crew for Haunted House (click)
RibFest (click)

Gloria Goerner
Hot Chocolate at Saturday Football (click)
Spaghetti Dinner (click)
Visiting Clubhouse (click)

Rich Paschall
January ’66 Attendance Point Leader (click)
“You and Me” Columnist (click)
Alumni President (click)