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Naper Pride cancels health fair

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Naper Pride announced this week that they were cancelling the 2022 Community Health Fair because of low staffing and worries about rising COVID-19 cases.

Margie Wolf, executive director of Naper Pride, said they were not happy about the decision, but was the best for the circumstances.

“This event is our most important because it provides access to critical resources for everyone, not just those from the LGBTQ community,” she said.

The fair is meant to be a centralized location to obtain assistance and information for all aspects of life. Vendors include medical and mental health providers, wellness testing, legal aid, youth services, utilities and city services, educational opportunities, veterans administration, information on foster parenting and adoption, and many more.

The annual had already been rescheduled from October 2021 for similar reasons. Naper Pride had hoped that the situation with both COVID and staffing would have stabilized by spring, but it didn’t work out.

“Naper Pride does absolutely expect to keep this event in our regular calendar and will be looking at viable dates for 2023,” Wolf said.

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