By Anne Eickstadt

COURTESY PHOTO Belvidere Republican
The generous people of Boone County and Belvidere took Chief Al Hyser straight to the top of the Real Men Wear Pink Winnebago/Boone County fundraising competition in 2018.


October was Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Real Men Wear Pink competition between Boone and Winnebago Counties to raise funds for the American Cancer Society was on.

Last year Mayor Mike Chamberlain was the sole representative from Boone County while Winnebago County fielded five candidates of their own to raise funds. Mayor Mike, with the full support of Belvidere, Boone County, and the help of the Belvidere Education Foundation, was able to take first place in his fundraising efforts.

This year, Belvidere Fire Chief Al Hyser was asked to participate as the sole representative from Boone County. He was pitted against a full dozen candidates from Winnebago County. Nevertheless, Belvidere and Boone County residents rolled up their sleeves and stepped up to support his efforts to raise funds to fight cancer and raised $4287. (And, by the way, sweeping him to victory over all of the Winnebago County candidates.)

“It was an honor and a privilege to serve as the Boone County/Belvidere candidate in the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign fundraiser to fight cancer,” Chief Al Hyser said. I thank all the people from Boone County/Belvidere for their generosity.

“That generosity does not surprise me because these wonderful people can be counted on to step up to the plate for a cause that is as worthy as the fight against cancer.”

The largest contributor to the campaign was the Belvidere Education Foundation who gave…

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