Sometimes just a thank you isn’t enough for people who continuously give of themselves, which most likely is one of the reasons that the Riverside Township Lions Club and the Riverside Chamber of Commerce annually designate one day as Riverside Day and honor someone as Person of the Year. 

This year is no exception, with the groups having choosing Patty Miglore from Aunt Diana’s Fudge Shop as the Person of the Year.

Looking back over the years, 64 people have been honored. Many of the early honorees were businessmen in the village; notice I say “businessmen” because it wasn’t until 1990 when Kay Snyder became the first woman so honored.  

Since then eight women, not including Miglore, have held the title plus two women who were honored along with their spouses, Lloyd and Dorothy Unger and Martha and Lew Heine. 

Reviewing the list, only one club was designated to be honored, the Riverside Junior Women’s Club. Three village presidents are listed and several former village trustees. It is a list anyone can be proud to have their name attached.

Miglore was surprised when she was told she was this year’s honoree; for the committee and those who know her, it was a long time coming. Her presence at the fudge shop is part of the charm of the store. She seems to know almost everybody who comes in and calls them by name and asks about their families. 

She has seen numerous children come to the store as youngsters and has overseen them later as employees when they are in high school. She becomes part of everyone’s family. She is an important part of the Riverside business community and her creativity in the field of chocolate is something to be recognized.

Riverside Day honoring Patty Miglore will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10. A dinner in her honor will be held at the Riverside Golf Club, 2520 Desplaines Ave. in North Riverside, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.  

Tickets are $43 and can be purchased at Aunt Diana’s Fudge Shop, 29 E. Burlington St.; Riverside Bank, 17 E. Burlington St.; and the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road.

Many of the honorees over the years have ordered something from Aunt Diana’s to be put at each place setting at the dinner. I have a feeling this year it will be something special made by someone special.