FAIR OAKS — The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce was treated to a special lunch at The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms Wednesday afternoon as they welcomed new member Van Drunen Farms, which sponsored the luncheon. Van Drunen Farms is located in Momence, but has ties in DeMotte.
Van Drunen Farms owns Future Ceuticals, which is in ingredients manufacturing for industrial foods and diet supplement ingredients. “You won’t see our name, but we’re on every grocery store shelf in the country,” said Irv Dorn, sales manager and also a resident of DeMotte. The company uses advanced technologies developed by Van Drunen Farms in quick freeze-drying. They freeze dry grains, fruits and vegetables from all over the world.
The company is very involved in the community of Momence and hosts a viewing of the Global Leadership Summit held each year at the Willow Creek Church in South Barrington, Illinois. The 2019 event will be held on Aug, 8 and 9. Van Drunen Farms sponsors the remote site at the Momence High School each year, offering the guests of the summit a free lunch and beverages during the summit, which is a two day affair with 16 guest speakers from across the globe. With 400,000 people attending, the church had to outsource some of its locations to satellite locations around the state. People are able to watch the summit at the high school just as they would if they were in Willow Creek.
Former NFL tight end Ted Peterson, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in two Superbowl Championship games, is the corporate community liaison for Van Drunen Farms. He spoke to the chamber members and their guests at the restaurant. He spoke about his faith and his time in the NFL. He was a rookie with the Steelers the first time he went to the Superbowl, and another rookie who came on the same time was Tony Dungee. They shared their faith with each other during their time on the team together. Peterson was drafted to the Steelers in 1977.
Now, he said, he gets to hand out money to organizations in Momence. He also recruits people to attend the Global Leadership Summit. The summit is a Christ-centered event seen across the world by remote access, as they’ll have at the school in Momence. All of the chamber members were invited to come to the summit in Momence.
For more information on the summit, visit https://globalleadership.org or contact the Van Drunen Farms.