Easter Seals counts on Buob

Karen Danner

Serves as team leader for Chillicothe

Paul Buob often thrills local audiences with his magic tricks at birthday parties, schools, the Chillicothe Public Library, Relay For Life and other community events.

And, for the fourth consecutive year, he is working his magic as well for the children at Easter Seals.

Buob volunteers as the Chillicothe team leader for the group, assisted by Easter Seals VIP Tom Simmons.

On Saturday night, Buob will make one of his public appearances at St. Edward for the third annual Texas Hold-Em Tournament for Easter Seals.

“We’re going to have prizes to give away for the top places and a trophy,” said Buob.

“One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to Easter Seals. Everything is donated.

Buy-in is $25, with prizes and a trophy, as well as drinks and snacks available.

March 7 will find him sitting at Kroger making a community appeal to collect funds for Easter Seals.

By the time the Easter Seals Telethon starts at 6 p.m. March 7 on WMBD-TV 31, Buob and is 10-year-old son, Alec, will man a phone part of the time.

With two other healthy children — Anthony age 19 and 16-year-old Addison — Buob considers himself a fortunate parent.

“I couldn’t imagine having a child in need,” he said.

“While we understand this is going to be a difficult year for many, it’s always a difficult time for the Easter Seals children. Their need for services don’t go away due to the economy.”

Buob said he had always donated to Easter Seals, but it took a first-hand experience to tug at his heart.

“It’s one of those things I’ve always kind of donated to and not gotten involved with, but after meeting those kids, I couldn’t not get involved,” he said.

Although the Illinois Valley Central District 321 grade schools did not participate this year in Coins

For Kids, Buob also heads it up.

The IVC Key Club, however, once again spearheaded Easter Seals week and hosted an assembly.

All in all, Chillicothe always comes through with its giving.

“Last year, Chillicothe increased its overall level of giving with over $7,000 raised for Easter Seals,” said Buob. “That’s a 16 percent increase over the previous year’s.”

Buob, who works at Caterpillar Inc. with suppliers in global purchasing, also gets some help from his wife, Sarah, as well as his kids.

“I leverage all of them to help,” he said. “They’re all really supportive.”

While his wife lends her support to the IVC Marching Grey Ghosts, where their daughter participates in the auxiliary, Buob devotes much time to the IVC Athletic Boosters.

More than 70 families in the Chillicothe area benefited from Easter Seals services last year alone.

According to its Web site, the organization is “widely recognized as a place of hope and progress. Easter Seals provides a broad array of programs, services and facilities serving people with disabilities of all ages in Central Illinois.”

To learn more about Easter Seals or the telethon, visit www.ci.easterseals.com/goto/chillicothe.

“If anybody would like to give to Easter Seals in any way — money, time, gifts — call me at 274-5430, or Tom Simmons at 274-2244,” Buob said.