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Approximately 80 people turned out Saturday for a "Night of Purpose" at AJ
s Hangout in South Elgin. IL.
The program saw the launch and signing of two different types of books by two different authors: "From Orangutan to Rocket Scientist" by local author and business leader ryan Weiss, and "The Flip Side", a poetry collection by Weiss' uncle, Steve Joos, a retired sportswriter currently living in Peoria.
Weiss discussed the purpose of faith, relationship and purpose, as well as his experiences in writing the book, and his life, which included starting a lawn care business at 16.
Joos read three selections from a collection of 40 poems written and compiled over a roughly 25-year period, many of which were published in other areas. The 67-year-old retiree overcame a form of autism to graduate from Bradley University and work in journalism and radio for almost 34 years, including 23 as a sportswriter in southwestern Indiana.
Both books were on sale at the event, with a meal included with the purchase of a signed book. Poceeds from the sale went to Fox Valley Christian Action, one of the four primary organizations supported by A.J.'s, which is located at 586 Randall Road in south Elgin. The restaurant features a low-carb menu and operates with a mission of giving back to the community.

It was a good weekend.
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