A group helping to fund a bike and pedestrian path along Kennedy Road in Yorkville has reached nearly half of its goal, its leader told the City Council Tuesday evening.

The Push For The Path organization was formed in 2012 to help pay the city’s share of a state grant for the path on Kennedy Road that will stretch from Route 47 to just west of Galena Road. The city’s share is $357,000 for a $1.3 million Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant.

Lynn Dubajic, the executive director of the Yorkville Economic Development Corporation and the person who has spearheaded the fundraising effort, told aldermen that the organization currently has $176,756.28. Dubajic said the group has already written checks of $49,357 to the city to help pay for each phase of the path project.

Dubajic said the biggest fundraiser for the organization this year will be its golf outing, set for Sept. 26 at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol.

“This is an event that I can say with certainty will take us over the $200,000 number,” she said.

Registration fees will be $115 per golfer, $460 for a foursome or $30 for a dinner-only ticket. Sponsorships range from $250 to $1,000, and donations for raffles and silent auctions at the outing are welcomed, Dubajic said.

The cause has a personal meaning for Dubajic, as her friend and neighbor, Darlene McCue of Bristol, was killed in 2009 as she rode her bike with her stepdaughter along Kennedy Road. McCue was struck from behind by a pickup truck. Dubajic has stressed that the path is necessary for public safety.

More information on the golf outing fundraiser can be found on the Push For The Path Facebook page, or by contacting Billy McCue at 630-514-9285 or billmccue5@gmail.com, or by calling Jimmy McCue at 630-484-0455.

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