Lemont businesses are teaming up in support of native Jordan O'Neill-Bielfeldt.
The Lemont High School graduate is raising funds for a mission trip to Nicaragua, and is asking for the community's help. O'Neill-Bielfeldt hopes to provide much-needed medicines to a very impoverished corner of the world, but first he is tasked with raising the $1,600 to fund it.
He will appear as a guest bartender at Front Street Cantina Friday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. Any tips he earns will go toward funding the trip. The evening will also include an auction with donated prizes from residents and local businesses.
A Lemont High School '08 grad, O'Neill-Bielfeldt, Jordan went on to study at Concordia University. He has also been instrumental in organizing efforts with the Hope and Friendship Foundation, a local organization led by his mother Terri O'Neill Borders focused on providing friendship to those in financial, emotional and physical crisis.
"My son has been making waves in different ways having to reach out to help and make impacts while he attended Concordia Wisconsin during his undergraduate and here by being my right arm and biggest assistant with all that Hope and Friendship Foundation does," said O'Neill-Borders.
"I am so proud of Jordan and so proud of all of the time, effort and talent he has offered to Hope and Friendship and the people we've helped over the past 9 years and I couldn't have done this without his support so if I can at the most try to rally support for him to take his heart, passion, talent and compassion outside of our corner of the world to another corner in need I hope to do whatever I can."
What: From Lemont to Nicaragua, with Love Where: Front Street Cantina, 319 Front Street When: Friday, Feb. 7, 6 to 10 p.m.