59 Auto Repair is officially a Pokemon Go Gym!

59 Auto Repair is officially a Pokemon Go Gym! Come visit us to battle with your buddy at our gym or join us for raids! We entered a competition for Pokemon Go’s small business initiative where businesses that were affected by Covid19 could become a gym for a year. Worldwide, only 1000 businesses were chosen, and we were one of them. Part of the reason we were chosen was due to our community service.

We are currently collecting donations for the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry. We also teamed up with Napa in May to offer free oil changes to first responders. With everything going on in our community, we wanted to give back any way possible. We were lucky enough to be deemed an essential business and stay open but have felt the impact of this pandemic like many out there. Pokemon Go recognized this and made us a gym for a year.

Rich and Linda, the owners of 59 Auto Repair, started playing Pokemon Go 4 years ago when their children started playing. Their children kept bugging them to play too so that they could play together. The kids finally wore them down and now they play together all the time! It is a great way to get the whole family out and walk around. They even bring the dogs with them to join in on the fun! Come out and visit our gym today!

Nice to See You – Free Online Concert Event

A Free online concert to unite Plainfield, IL during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Local service organizations in the Plainfield area are joining forces for an online concert to be broadcast on Saturday, April 25th at 4:00pm at NiceToSeeYouPlainfield.com and at the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

The hour long event, titled “Nice to See You”, will feature intimate performances by four local artists and will be streaming live at NiceToSeeYouPlainfield.com and The Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.

This online concert event is a celebration of the Plainfield first responders, essential workers, local businesses and the community coming together to support one another.

100% of the proceeds raised during this event will benefit food pantries, faith-based service organizations and first responders.” A Go Fund Me page for the event will be available for those that want to make free will donations.

The event is the brainchild of local resident, John Evans, who felt called to serve others during this difficult time. He said, “I wanted to show support for our Plainfield area heroes, our first responders. I knew my fellow Plainfield Lions would support this, but I also knew we could make this bigger if we united with Kiwanis Club of Plainfield, Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Plainfield Rotary and Plainfield Junior Woman’s
Club”.

The core of this event is the musical performances of local artists; AD3 Acoustic Trio, Seth Mercer, Davi & Alyne Lopes and Erika Miner.

Committee member Andy Buttimer stated, “We all witnessed the healing energy and unifying power that music recently provided in the streets of Chicago and balconies in Europe. Neighbors, who haven’t seen each other recently, have the opportunity to come together and experience live music online from their driveways, backyards and living rooms.”

The non-profit event will be emceed by committee members Joe LaGiglia and Tasha Marsaglia. Event support has come from fellow committee members Andy Buttimer, Tom Wyler, Warren Lindsay, Chad Holstead, Andrew Egan, Kristen Robertson and
Brandon Bernicky.

The concert will stream live on NiceToSeeYouPlainfield.com and the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page, beginning at 4:00pm on Saturday, April 25th.

Rotary Blues and Brews

Help us support Plainfield Rotary Club by attending Rotary Blues and Brews. Join us on October 24th at 6 p.m. at Warehouse 109 for some local brews and spirits while listening to Chicago Blues Angels. Participate in the jazzy raffle, 50/50 or silent auction. Enjoy some cuisine from local food trucks.

Take pictures with the Bluesmobile from the movie The Blues Brothers or with Blues Brothers Impersonators. Donate new gloves and hats or gently used jackets. 59 Auto Repair has a collection bin leading up to the event for donations. Proceeds from the event help support Plainfield Rotary in their charity work, as well as places such as Interfaith Food Pantry. Sign up now by clicking on the website: Rotary Blues and Brews 

Rotary Blues and Brews group shot
Rotary Blues and Brews - blues band holding guitar and sax

Plainfield Rotary’s Ducks 4 Bucks

Ducks for Bucks
Ducks for Bucks
Ducks for Bucks

These photos are from Plainfield Rotary’s Ducks 4 Bucks race. For the weeks leading up to Plainfield Fest, people can “adopt” a rubber duck. On the day of the event (July 21st), thousands of ducks are dropped into the Dupage River through a chute system. The ducks are collected further down the river. The first 13 ducks across the finish line and the last unlucky duck win prizes. The money raised goes to fund Plainfield Rotary’s scholarship fund, among other charities. Linda and Rich are proud members of the Rotary Club and 59 Auto Repair is a Duck adoption center in June and July for the event. The website is Ducks4Bucks.com.

Car Care Bucket

When local charities ask us for donations, we hand paint buckets to match the theme of their event and fill it with car care products. These can then be raffled or auctioned off at their events. The most recent was for  the 10th annual Disabled Veterans Golf Benefit held at the Links at Carillon in Plainfield. They help raise funds for Disabled Veterans. This bucket will be part of their auction at the event. It is filled with goodies such as a car wash kit, $25 Gift certificate, oil change gift certificate, 30 ounce tervis, among other items.