Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sandy Peterson, Z"L a wonderful person and a wonderful congregant

Sandy Peterson volunteering in the Religious School Office
Sandy Peterson, Zichrona L'vracha, may her memory be a blessing was a very active member at Lakeside congregation.  She was the Chair of the Religious School committee for many years and an active member along with her husband Ken, children Brian, Stacy and Jen.

Sandy was trained as a CPA and for many more years then she should have, she helped me to create and present my budget.  This was before excel spread sheets, before good computer programs and as you might be able to tell numbers are not my strong suit.  Sandy would patiently sit with me with her calculator and make sure I added up all my columns correctly and the budget was presentable.  Sandy was also a moving force behind Lakeside's celebration of my 13th year at Lakeside.  She was also happy to work hard behind the scenes.

This Sunday June 22 we have the opportunity to honor Sandy and fundraise for the Lakeside at 9 Rounds for Sandy by friends Linda Mayer and Abby Kurz:

From the Highland Park Patch:
When Sandy Peterson died of brain cancer 15 months ago, her friends Linda Mayer and Abby Kurz, owners of 9RoundNorthbrook fitness studio, vowed that they would not forget  her valiant fight to overcome this debilitating illness.   In October, 2013, when the two opened their studio, they immediately hung a picture of Sandy on the wall and turned to her for inspiration.
On Sunday, June 22, at 9 a.m., the first annual Sandy Peterson Walk, “ 9 Rounds for Sandy” will begin at Crestwood Park, 1824 Milton Ave. Northbrook. Families and individuals are encouraged to participate.  Along the way to the race’s conclusion at 1007 Waukegan, the home of 9Round, there will be nine rounds of breaks, all themed to a kickboxing routine, planned to invigorate walkers.  A water station will be set up at House 406, one of Northbrook’s newest restaurants, at 1143 Church Street, 
Participants are asked to stop by the 9Round office to fill out an application.  Fees are
$20 for families, $10 for individuals and $5 for children.   At the conclusion of the race, Sandy’s family; husband Ken, son Brian, daughter Stacy and daughter Jennifer will speak to the walkers about Sandy’s fight and the fight against brain cancer.  All fees will be divided equally and donated to both brain cancer research and the Sandy Peterson Fund for Education and Technology at Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park.
For more information call 224-235-4840 or go to

I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday and I know Sandy would have loved this event. 

Here's an iMovie of the event:  Check it out.