BATAVIA – Ed DeMask has earned a solid reputation in Batavia over the years as a journalist, marketing entrepreneur, volunteer youth sports coach and good neighbor.
Recently, DeMask has been waging a battle with cancer, and while the prognosis for a full recovery looks very good, he and his family could use some help.
That’s why friends and neighbors have banded together to organize a fundraiser for the DeMask family, to be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 17 at Pal Joey’s restaurant, 2030 Main St. in Batavia.
The donation for the event, which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, is $25 per person, while free to those aged 10 and under. The menu will feature pizza, Buffalo wings and bruschetta, as well as vegetable, cheese and cookie trays. The cash bar will include green beer for the St. Patrick’s Day event.
There will be a 50/50 raffle, a wine pull and raffle baskets.
“Ed would do anything for anyone,” said neighbor Maureen Lemon, who is helping to organize the fundraiser.
DeMask, who has three sons, served as a volunteer coach for Batavia Youth Baseball as well as other baseball and football leagues, Lemon said, and is always willing to lend a hand in the neighborhood.
“He’s always offering to help,” Lemon said, explaining that “People want to reciprocate” with the fundraiser.
As a police and criminal courts reporter for the Kane County Chronicle, DeMask covered the streets of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles from 1995 to 1998.
“Ed was always a very dedicated and focused writer,” said long-time Chronicle reporter Brenda Schory, who worked with DeMask.
After leaving the Chronicle, DeMask formed his own public relations and marketing firm, DeMask Marketing in Batavia, serving a wide range of business clients.
More information about the fundraiser is available by calling Maureen Lemon at 630-209-9977.