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Events under 'Fundraisers/Benefits'

CGH Health Foundation Fall Vendor/Craft/Bake Sale (Fri. Sep 5, 2014 7:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Ryberg Auditorium and Classrooms 1 & 2 at CGH Medical Center
100 E. LeFevre Road
Sterling, IL 61081
815.625.0400 ext. 5672

Start your Christmas shopping early at the CGH Health Foundation Vendor/Craft Show at CGH Medical Center in the Ryberg Auditorium and Classrooms 1 and 2. This is open to the public! This is a new fundraiser for the CGH Health Foundation Annual Appeal, and we are excited to provide you a quality vendor show to benefit the CGH Health Foundation. There are 34 vendors who are a mix of both crafters and local consultants, most of whom will have cash and carry items on hand for purchase. You don’t want to miss this beautiful display of crafts, jewelry, food, nail art, scents, and other unique items! Each vendor has donated an item valued at $25 or more that will be raffled off. There is also a gold ticket basket, with a value of over $100, that will be available to win. Running simultaneously to the Craft and Vendor Show is a Bake Sale in the CGH lobby alcove. Many bakers will be sharing their culinary delights. Make plans to arrive early for the best selections.

FCA Golf Scramble (Fri. Sep 5, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Metamora Fields Golf Club
801 W Progress St.
Metamora, IL 61548

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes' 2014 Golf Scramble starts at noon with lunch, registration & range. The shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m. with dinner, program, and awards following play.


Format: 4-person scramble


Entry Fees: $250 per person


Materials provided upon request for those raising pledges. This is a fundraising event for Peoria Area FCA. Donations are tax-deductible.


Each golfer will receive: 18 holes of golf w/ cart, Range Balls, Box Lunch & Dinner, and an FCA gift


To find out more or to register, visit:

Playground FUNdraiser (Sat. Sep 6, 2014 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Central Baptist Church/Children’s House
501 South Fourth Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Live Music; Food/Beverages; Fabulous Silent Auction Items 


The playground is showing significant wear and more importantly, no longer meets playground safety codes and requirements set forth by the Department of Child and Family Services, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Disabilities Act.


In addition to complying with these logistical improvements, making it a safer area for our children, it is also our goal to expand the learning opportunities available by providing several age-appropriate spaces and stimulating physical, cognitive, and cultural activities. 


This event is intended to continue the fundraising efforts for this expansive project. The first annual Playground FUNdraiser raised more than $30,000, but we have more than $100,000 left to go to meet our goal and to make the full scope of the project a reality. Though this goal is significant, we believe that with help from a variety of sources, including our generous community, we will achieve success and soon take pleasure in the smiles on the faces of our children as they enjoy this new space! 


Tickets: $10 Adults; $5 Seniors (60+) and Students (13-18); Children 12/under FREE

Tickets available in the church or daycare offices or by calling.

Marrow Donor Registry Drive (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

United Presbyterian Church
2400 Northmoor Rd.
Peoria, IL
Amanda Howie, 800.217.GIVE

Maureen's Story:

"On July 9, 2012, I received the shocking diagnosis of AML (acute myeloid leukemia), which is a very aggressive blood cancer. I began intensive chemotherapy immediately and knew that my greatest chance of survival was to receive a stem cell transplant. Marrow transplants tend to have greater success when matched with a sibling, but unfortunately, neither my brother nor my sister were matches when they got tested. Like 70% of all patients needing a marrow transplant, I needed to find an unrelated donor. My doctors turned to Be The Match. Out of 19 million people, they found two perfect matches for me who were both willing to become donors for me! I received a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor on November 13, 2012.

I was very lucky. There are thousands waiting for marrow transplants. Many of them are children. Be The Match is not looking for a cure. They have a cure.

In an effort to give back and help Be The Match save more lives, I've been advocating for them and am hosting this marrow donor drive.

Please join the registry by submitting a mouth swab. It's painless and easy. You could save a life!"


Are you healthy and between the ages of 18 and 44? Patients need you! For thousands with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for life. Please join the marrow donor registry by submitting a swab of the inside of your mouth.


You could be the match that someone is looking for! You could save a life!


For more information on bone marrow or stem cell donation, please go to

Harambee for COPE (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

McLean Christian Church
110 E. Morgan
McLean, IL 61754

You are invited to a Harambee (Kenyan fundraiser) to benefit COPE - Children of Pokot Education Fund.  A free pork chop dinner will be provided by McLean Christian Church.  Registration begins at 4:30 and dinner at 5:00.  Jewelry and crafts made by Pokot women and men will be for sale.  Barb O'Donohue, executive director of COPE, has just returned from Pokot, Kenya.  She will share the news of how God is working in Pokot; give updates of famine relief, the Water Missions Project,  Celebration of Christian Womanhood and Manhood; the growth of Tapadany Christian School, etc.  Donations will go to the continued ministry work of COPE in Tapadany, Pokot, Kenya. 


If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the email above or call Josh at the phone number above.


For more information about COPE, visit us at the website above, or search for "COPE Ministry" on Facebook.


Cotton Patch Gospel (Sun. Sep 7, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

New Hope Church of the Nazarene
30 N. Sixth Street
Princeton, IL 61356
Tickets, 815.875.1900 or 815.872.2821

Cotton Patch Gospel is a one man musical presented by Phillip Kaufmann. Music and Lyrics by Harry Chapin.


$10 suggested admission and freewill offering - 100% of funds raised will go towards hunger programs including Our Table, WHYHunger and Mennonite Central Committee.


Tickets available at the door or by calling the above listed numbers.

Culver's Night for Haiti (Mon. Sep 8, 2014 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

4612 N University
Peoria, IL

Culver's on University St. in Peoria is donating a portion of all sales between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. to the Servant's Heart Fellowship Haiti Mission team. The team is traveling in March, 2015 to build school desks and host a VBS at an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti. 


What an easy way to help the children of Haiti: a night out with your family and no cooking or clean up!


See you there!

Terry Hein Benefit (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 11:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Hawg Dogs
Main St
Savanna, IL

Food, Drinks, 50/50 Raffles, Silent Auction, Music and Motorcycle Games.


Terry Hein, 62 of Camanche, IA, was diagnosed with Liver cancer earlier this year. After one attempt of a Hepatectomy (resection surgery) in which failed, the cancer has returned. Your support will help offset medical expenses, treatment costs and travel expenses to and from Iowa City University Hospital.




Any questions or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Robin Mieners by phone.

Hog Roast (Sat. Sep 13, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Galesburg Rescue Mission & Women's Shelter
435 East Third
Galesburg, IL

Rain or shine!

Carry outs available.

Menu: pork, baked beans, potato salad, applesauce, roll, beverage, and pie or cake with ice cream


Tickets may be obtained at the Mission or from Board and Staff members or at the door on the day of the event.

Adults: $7.00--donation

Children under 12: $3.00--donation


The hog roast is sponsored by the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's Shelter. Thrivent for Lutherans will provide additional matching funds. All proceeds will go to benefit the ministry of the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's Shelter.

Midwest Food Bank Golf Outing and Dinner Benefit (Tue. Sep 16, 2014 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Weaver Ridge Country Club, 5100 N Weaverridge Blvd, Peoria, IL 61615
Jason Strahm, 309.339.0701 / Midwest Food Bank - Peoria, 309.691.5270

Our 5th Annual Golf and Dinner Benefit is going to held at beautiful Weaver Ridge Country Club. Every year it is a blessing to enjoy the fall weather and friendship and benefit those in need! We are excited to share this event!


The day will be filled with fun treats and surprises - one of them Bremer Jewelry partnered with Midwest Food Bank to provide a $3,000 watch (man or woman) prize. Included with your registration will be a lunch provided by Chick-fil-A, a beautiful day of fun and golfing and to finish a delicious dinner will be held at the Weaver Ridge Club house. Some really great prizes will be available to win at a drawing after dinner.


Register online!

Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (Thu. Sep 18, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Snyder Village
1200 E. Partridge St.
Metamora, IL
309.367.4300 ext.116

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.:


Open to the public.  Join us for food, Bingo, prizes, fellowship and fun!  Ice cream, pie, root beer floats, barbeque sandwiches, soda and more available for purchase.


Silent bidding opens Thursday at the Ice Cream Social and runs until the beginning of the Live Auction on Saturday.


Saturday, September 20, 2014:

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST 6:00-9:30 a.m.  All you can eat breakfast is offered by freewill donation.

LIVE AUCTION 10:00 a.m., bidding starts at 10:30 a.m.

Lucky Card Draw - purchase a "Lucky Card" for $10 and be entered into a drawing.  If your card is picked, you can select anything on the LIVE Auction (with limited exceptions).

Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 am)

Contact Info:

Snyder Village
1200 E. Partridge St.
Metamora, IL
309.367.4300 ext.116

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.:


Open to the public.  Join us for food, Bingo, prizes, fellowship and fun!  Ice cream, pie, root beer floats, barbeque sandwiches, soda and more available for purchase.


Silent bidding opens Thursday at the Ice Cream Social and runs until the beginning of the Live Auction on Saturday.


Saturday, September 20, 2014:

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST 6:00-9:30 a.m.  All you can eat breakfast is offered by freewill donation.

LIVE AUCTION 10:00 a.m., bidding starts at 10:30 a.m.

Lucky Card Draw - purchase a "Lucky Card" for $10 and be entered into a drawing.  If your card is picked, you can select anything on the LIVE Auction (with limited exceptions).

Walk for Vision (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:30 am - 10:30 am)

Contact Info:

Lowell Parkway Trail
1550 Washington Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

Can you envision a Sauk Valley with zero abortions?

Make this vision a reality at Hope Life Center’s upcoming WALK for VISION. The goal is to raise funds to save lives — the average cost of each life saved is $1,200. This is a family friendly 2 mile ‘walk at your own pace’ event with learning stations along the path. There will be snacks (and coffee).



  • A WALK for VISION t-shirt for each walker in a 4-person team with a combined total of $1,200 or more. Or for any walker raising $300 or more.
  • A WALK for VISION sweatshirt for each walker raising $1,200 or more.
  • Special prizes for the most people recruited and the most funds raised.


Register by August 20th to be entered in the early registration prize drawing.


Head to the website to find out more information, register, create your personal webpage, and start getting sponsors!

Race with Your Heart (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

Eureka Lake

The 18th annual Heartline/Heart House Eureka Race with Your Heart is a 10K and 4-mile run AND 2-mile walk at Eureka Lake.


Come enjoy free massages, home-baked cookies, door-prize drawings, and a family-friendly post-race party!


Registration runs from 7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. the morning of the race. Race start time is 8:30 a.m.


A $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the male and female overall winners, and medallions will be awarded to the top five male and female finishers in every age group.


You can register online at Registration costs $25 and includes one custom T-shirt, family fun, and free continental breakfast.

All proceeds go to Heart House, a homeless shelter and safe haven for victims of domestic abuse.

Food 4 All - Community Food Drive (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria area Kroger stores
Locations in Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin, Bartonville, Washington, Chillicothe, and Morton

This community-wide food drive will benefit all local food pantries through distribution of goods by Midwest Food Bank.


We’re partnering with Kroger and will have EVERY Kroger location in the Peoria area participating!  That’s 11 locations collecting food for those in need all on the same day!


How can you help?  We’re glad you asked!

1. PROMOTE the food drive to your circle of influence

2. SUPPORT the food drive with resources – we need banners, radio spots, print advertising

3. VOLUNTEER at the event with your family & friends.  You can sign-up to help out at a collection site by going online to SignUpGenius

4. PARTICIPATE however you can!


Fighting hunger and feeding families is what we’re all about – but we can’t do it without YOU and our community coming together as one to help those in need.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us at the email address above.


And, if you’re ready to sign up to serve, go to Sign Up Genius (Web link above) and get registered!   It will be a day to remember!  


See you at the food drive! 


Saint Joseph's Home Fall Festival (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Saint Joseph's Home
3306 S. Sixth Street Road
Springfield, Illinois 62703

A celebration of fall on the lawn of the nursing home. 


The event will feature petting zoos, sales tents from local businesses, bounce houses, live musicians, food vendors, face painting, a pumpkin patch and more.


Admission is free! Welcome in fall with the residents of St. Joseph's Home and enjoy a day of fun on our lawn. 

17TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL WALK-AND-ROLL-A-THON (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Constitution Trail, Tipton Park North Shelter
2201 Stone Mountain Blvd
Bloomington, IL

Sponsored by the Central Illinois group of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association, the annual Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon is held to benefit those with spina bifida and to raise awareness about spina bifida.  


In addition, the Central Illinois event is designated the Memorial Walk, to honor Kaylin Rood, Shannon Kolodzieski, Emma Kenny, and Sarah Whitted of the local area who have died, as well as to celebrate and support the roughly 166,000 Americans who are living with spina bifida.

The 17th Annual Memorial Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon event will help the organization continue to serve, strengthen, and enrich the lives of those in Central Illinois - and those who love them - through prevention, education, and advocacy.



The 17th Annual Memorial Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon will feature a 5K (3 mile walk), followed by a picnic lunch at the Tipton Park North Shelter. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges to participate, but there is no minimum. 


Go online or call to register or become an event sponsor!

Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Banquet (Thu. Sep 25, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Embassy Suites, 100 Conference Center Dr., East Peoria, IL 61611

The 15th annual Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Banquet is being held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria. Featured Speaker is Global Teen Challenge President Dr. Jerry Nance. Special Music Guests are the Peoria Pops Orchestra along with Soloist Jonna Harkness from Harvest Bible Chapel. Proceeds from the event go to further the work and ministry of Teen Challenge Peoria. For ticket information/pricing, please call the above number.

Mark Linder Walk for the Mind (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 7:00 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria RiverPlex, 600 NE Water Street Peoria, IL

The 12th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind 


Named for Mark Linder, a Peoria native who was in his twenties when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Mark’s goal was to create a place where brain tumor survivors and those still fighting the battle could support one another. In 2003, Mark founded the Walk for the Mind to help raise money for brain tumor research in hopes of finding a cure. While Mark died in 2005, at age 31, the walk lives on and since then has raised more than $380,000 for brain tumor research. The Walk has grown from 150 participants in 2003, to 750 people last year.


Dr. Patrick Elwood, “the central Illinois father of neurosurgery,” was named to be the honorary chair at the 2014 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind.


Dr. Elwood, a Peoria native whose career has spanned more than 50 years, was the driving force in the developing and advancing neurological services in the Peoria area, including establishing the neurosurgery residency in Peoria. He’s a prominent neurosurgeon, scholar, mentor, and known by many patients as a lifesaver.


“Many will remember Dr. Elwood for having done the surgery on their friend or family member” said the Walk’s organizer, Peggy Flannigan, who noted Dr. Elwood likely has performed the most brain tumor surgeries than any other surgeon historically in the Peoria area. “Having Dr. Elwood as the honorary chair will have a personal meaning to a lot of people.”


To register for the Walk or for more information, visit the website!


This is the third year all net proceeds will be donated to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria for brain cancer research. Last year’s Walk generated a record $50,000 for research. 

Knights of Columbus Central Illinois Right to Life Benefit Fish Fry (Fri. Oct 3, 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Knights of Columbus Spalding Council #427, 7403 N Radnor Road, Peoria, IL

Come out and support the right to life, Friday, October 3rd!


Menu: whole catfish, filet catfish, fried chicken, baked chicken, baked cod, fried shrimp. Choice of fries, baked potato, or potato salad. Rye bread, coleslaw, tea, and coffee.


The Central Illinois Right to Life will be conducting a baked goods sale at this event.  


Cost: $10 per person, $5 child for 1-piece filet

Food will be served between 5:00-7:00 p.m.