Our hometown celebration of the life of the wonderful Betty White came off Saturday with nothing but smiles, cake crumbs and something elusive we might remember as joy.

Hundreds gathered in front of the Lake Theatre, thousands followed along on our Facebook Live, and who knows how many people nationwide saw our Betty White moment as footage was picked up by the likes of the NBC Nightly News.

Here at Growing Community Media and Wednesday Journal, we give thanks to every person and every business that jumped on the bandwagon we built to recognize Betty White and her roots here in Oak Park. 

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