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A Walk to Remember (Sat. Oct 4, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Washington Park Botanical Garden playground picnic shelter
1740 West Fayette Avenue
Springfield, IL
Elise LoBue, 217.726.7924

A Walk to Remember honors babies who have died due to pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or infant death.


This year’s A Walk to Remember will be held at the Washington Park playground picnic shelter. The Springfield Walk takes place in October, which is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, and commemorates the lives of babies lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. Proceeds from the Walk benefit Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Inc. (started in Springfield, Illinois) and the Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP.


Parents, families, and friends are invited to walk in memory of their child or children. A memorial ceremony precedes the approximate two-mile walk, during which parents may place a pinwheel lawn ornament in a memorial “garden” when their baby’s name(s) is read. A balloon release ends the ceremony. The ceremony is designed to remember each life, no matter how long or short.


By gathering together to walk for babies gone but not forgotten, A Walk to Remember keeps their memories alive and offers support to grieving parents, families, and friends. Whether marking a recent loss, or one that occurred several years ago, parents, families, and friends are encouraged to come walk for the steps their babies will never take.


Participants may register the day of the Walk, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cost to participate in the Walk is $10, which includes a pinwheel lawn ornament and a program. T-shirts with the commemorated babies’ names listed on the back may be purchased for an additional $10 each.


The first Springfield A Walk to Remember was held at the Washington Park picnic shelter in October 2001. Since then, the Walk has continued to provide support for grieving families as it recognizes the babies they hold so dear to their hearts.


For more information on the Springfield A Walk to Remember, or to download a registration form, visit the website link above.

Share the Blessings Dinner & Auction (Sat. Oct 4, 2014 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our Annual Share the Blessings Dinner & Auction will be held in the Morton Division warehouse this year!


We are eagerly planning the 5th annual benefit dinner and auction. This year we are pleased to have the Morton Division host the event in their facility! We hope you will save the date to come see Morton's new facility as well as enjoy a fine dinner and an entertaining auction - all to help support MFB serving those in need.


If you can support the auction with a quality item(s) or funds to purchase items it would be a blessing.


More Information/Donate Auction Item:

Contact: Dennis Stoller





$50 per person/$400 per table

Contact: Marcia Kaiser 309.645.2443

- or - Reserve tickets online


Pictures and details of auction items online - Coming Soon!

2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's (Sun. Oct 5, 2014 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer at Liberty Park along the Peoria Riverfront.  

Registration is from 12:00-1:30

Ceremony is at 1:45

Walk starts at 2:00

Remax Acclaimed South Side Stride 5k (Sun. Oct 5, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

North Park Dunlap, Illinois

Second annual run/walk 5k through the village of Dunlap, with all proceeds benefiting South Side Mission. Northwoods Community Church, Cedar Hills Baptist, Northminster Presbyterian, Prospect United Methodist, and Peoria Heights Congregational, along with the Village of Dunlap, have joined forces for this awesome fundraising event!

Robotics Fundraiser (Tue. Oct 7, 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

3500 Court St
Pekin, IL 61554

Tremont Roboteers is a robotics team that has accumulated many sponsors over the years. It would be robotastic if you could join them for a fundraiser event for additional costs in Pekin on October 7th, 5-8 pm at Culver’s. 

Or: There is just the basics 

When: October 7, 5-8 pm 
Where: Culver’s in Pekin
Why: To raise money for materials and competitions

Annual Life Banquet (Tue. Oct 7, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Lincoln Recreation Center
1400 Primm Road
Lincoln, IL 62656

Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center presents their Annual Life Banquet featuring Tari Penley. Tari Penley, is a published recording artist and has performed and shared her story for over 20 years. Her passion is to share the love of Christ and the good news of the gospel to all the women God places in her path.


There is no cost to attend this dinner event; an opportunity to make a financial gift to the ministry will be extended.


Please make reservations by September 19, 2014 by calling or e-mailing.


Contact Info:

Bard Optical
1265 N Henderson St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

The Bard Optical Galesburg office will celebrate 15 years of providing vision care excellence in October. Opened by Dr. A. Arthur Bard in 1941 in downtown Peoria, Diana Hall purchased the practice in 1981 and has expanded Bard Optical to 20 locations in Central and Southern Illinois.


Please join us October 8, from 3-6 p.m. to celebrate the 15th anniversary and attend the Designer Eyewear Show featuring new frame designs from Ray-Ban, Versace, Burberry, and more. Enjoy a 25% savings on frames and lenses purchased at the event. The Galesburg Chamber will perform a ribbon cutting, refreshments will be served, and prizes will be given away.


Bard Optical is partnering with LaGrace Hall of Hope Women’s Shelter in Galesburg. Bard will donate partial proceeds from the Designer Eyewear Show to LaGrace. Bard Optical President Diana Hall has always known that supporting the communities in which Bard offices are located is an important part of the company’s success.


LaGrace, Hall of Hope: Turning lives around through acceptance, mentorship, fostering independence, and faith building.

Concordia Moms Bowling League (Thu. Oct 9, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Mt. Hawley Bowl
8200 N. Hale Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615
309-692-7555 or 309-693-7624 (Barb)

This is our 41st year of fun and fellowship while raising money for staff requests at Concordia Lutheran School in Peoria. Through your weekly bowling fee, you would be helping classroom teachers acquire teaching aids and fulfill other needs at the school. We meet Wednesday mornings from 9 - 11 am. We have an excellent, mature, on-site babysitter for a minimum charge. ALL bowling averages are welcome as we are a non-competitive league which is conducted in a Christian atmosphere. If you haven't played for a while or want to give it a try, this is the league for you! Please consider joining us soon!  Call Barb Kane at 693-7624 for more information.

Life Banquet to benefit the Tazewell County Pregnancy Resource Center (Thu. Oct 9, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, 3514 Broadway Street, Pekin, IL 61554
Aimee Peterson 309.620.9227

For the past two years, Living Alternatives has been partnering with the community of Tazewell County to open a medical clinic for women in need. We have moved into our new home and have been offering services to clients since September of 2013. Our services include pregnancy testing, ultrasound services, parenting education, adoption support, abstinence education, and much more, all at no cost to our patients.

In order to raise the financial support needed, the Pregnancy Resource Center is holding its second annual Life Banquet on Thursday, October 9th at the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene.


Our speaker for the evening is Shawn Carney, the author and co-founder of the 40 Days for Life. 

Shawn believes in working to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused, 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor, and bring an end to abortion.  His story will enlighten and inspire everyone that hears it!


The banquet is free to attend. If you are interested in attending or would like more information on our mission, please contact Aimee Peterson by phone or email.  

SCHEELS Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Springfield Scheels
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, 62711

Join SCHEELS as we ride with participants around the country to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention, screening, treatment and help find a cure.

Goodie bags for the first 100 participants. Prizes and sweepstakes to win a Trek Lexa. 10, 20, 50 mile rides available. Families welcome.

Superhero 5K & Kids' Villain Chase (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Liberty Park, Riverfront, Peoria, IL

Bring your cape and head down to the Peoria Riverfront as we run, walk, or fly to raise money for the Heart of Illinois United Way. On Saturday, October 11th, the riverfront will be the safest place to be as hundreds of superheroes unite to help our community.  The 5K will start at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Park and run out and back along the trail, ending at the park.  Following the 5K, the young superheroes will take center stage, dashing after the Joker in the first ever Kids' 1/2 mile Villain Chase! Then, we’ll all celebrate his capture with a post-race party with food, live music, and entertainment!  So bring your friends and family, because when we help our community, there's a superhero in all of us.  For more information, visit the website link above.

Benefit for Saige Mecum (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Creve Coeur V.F.W. Post 3845
628 S Main St
Creve Coeur, Illinois 61610

3-year-old Saige was diagnosed with ALL (Leukemia). The benefit is being held to cover expenses due to Saige's parents' time off work and to be with her at St. Jude.


Food, music, raffle, 50/50, drawings, all you can eat chili for $5.00, hot dog & chips $3.00, bake sale.


Special Raffle: (tickets $5.00)

  • Mattress Dr. queen set ($900 value)
  • 48-in. Vizio LCD HD Flatscreen TV

Peoria Push Derby Dames Home Bout (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall
201 SW Jefferson St
Peoria, IL 61602

Come the Peoria Civic Center and watch some hard hitting Roller Derby action brought to you by the Peoria Push Derby Dames, Peoria's first and only flat track roller derby team. Come cheer on the PUSH as they take on the the skaters of the Dark River Derby Coalition. The showdown featuring your hometown Peoria Dames will start at 7:00pm with a newbie skater exhibition game starting at 5:00pm. The skating is real, the hits are real, and the broken bones are real! Come be part of the action, it's fun for all ages!


A portion of the proceeds form ticket sales will be donated to Central Illinois FRIENDS of PWA


Tickets are $10 in advance sold online, and $13 at the door 


Evening of Love for Lacey (Sun. Oct 12, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

American Legion
100 Legion Lane
East Peoria

Benefit for our granddaughter, Lacey Jayne Wade who is 3 months old and has spent the last month in the hospital. She has a Mitochondrial Disease and we have been told she will not live long. Her parents have been at the hospital with her and unable to work and need help paying their bills. She will be in the hospital for atleast another month.

Evening of Love for Lacey (Sun. Oct 12, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

American Legion
100 Legion Lane
East Peoria

Benefit for our granddaughter, Lacey Jayne Wade who is 3 months old and has spent the last month in the hospital. She has a Mitochondrial Disease and we have been told she will not live long. Her parents have been at the hospital with her and unable to work and need help paying their bills. She will be in the hospital for atleast another month.

Fall Fundraising Banquet (Thu. Oct 16, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Mt. Zion East Convention Center
1400 Mt Zion Pkwy
Mt. Zion, IL 62549
Connie: 217.423.9117

Please join us Thursday, October 16, 2014 for our annual fundraising banquet for Teen Challenge Illinois' Audrey's Home for Women.


Our guest speaker will be Ruth Graham.  Ruth is a noted author and columnist, but is probably most well known as a daughter of legendary Evangelist Billy Graham. Music will be provided by recording artist and worship leader Meghan Nicole Birch from Springfield, IL.


Tickets are $30 each, or reserve a table of 8 for $200.  If you would like more information, to purchase tickets, or to purchase an ad in our souvenir journal, please contact Connie by phone or e-mail.


Teen Challenge Illinois' Audrey's Center for Women provides residential training and support for women (18+) who are committed to overcoming the destructive habits of drug and alcohol addictions as well as other life controlling issues. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and are supported entirely through various fundraising activities, vocational projects and gifts from caring individuals, churches, businesses and foundations.


You have the power to save a life!

Benefit Auction for vulnerable children (Fri. Oct 17, 2014 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Five Points Washington
360 N Wilmor Rd.
Washington, IL 61571
Dennis: 815-419-8693

Loving Shepherd Ministries is holding a benefit auction with proceeds to help vulnerable children in Haiti and Ethiopia reach their God-given potential.


-5:30 - 7:00 pm: Dinner (donations accepted)
-5:30 pm: Silent Auction Starts
-6:30 pm: Live Auction Starts
-7:30 pm: Silent Auction Ends
-8:30 pm: Live Auction Ends


 Volunteers and items are still needed.

Small Wonders Miracle Walk (Sat. Oct 18, 2014 8:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

EastSide Centre
1 Eastside Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61611

The 8th Annual Small Wonders Miracle Walk and Silent Auction benefiting Children's Hospital of Illinois’ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will be held Saturday October 18, 2014 at our NEW location - EastSide Centre in East Peoria! Join us as we gather to celebrate, reconnect and remember all of the families who have received care at Children's Hospital of Illinois’ NICU. Last year's walk, organized by patient families, raised more than $50,000 for family programming, educational classes, activities and medical equipment!


Join us on Facebook at


Friday, August 1 - Early Registration Opens! Build your team and fundraise for the NICU!


Sunday, October 5 - Early Registration Ends! Registrants after this date will NOT be guaranteed an event T-shirt.


Wednesday, October 15 - Online Registration Ends! If you missed the online registration deadline, come to EastSide Centre on Saturday, October 18 beginning at 8:00 a.m. to sign up!


Friday, October 17 - Packet pickup available 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria (Recommended to avoid lines on Saturday).


Saturday, October 18 - Small Wonders Miracle Walk & Silent Auction at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria


8:00 a.m. - Packet pickup and registration begins

9:00 a.m. - Silent auction begins/Breakfast available

9:10 a.m. - Moment of remembrance

9:15 a.m. - Group picture with Celebration Walk immediately following

9:40 a.m. - Kids activities begin!

  • bounce houses
  • face painting
  • balloon creations
  • family photos
  • toddler playground

10:30 a.m. - Julie K concert

11:40 a.m. - Silent auction closes

Northminster Presbyterian Church Craft Show and Bake Sale (Sat. Oct 18, 2014 9:00 am - 2:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northminster Presbyterian Church
10720 North Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615

This is the annual hand-crafted craft show and bake sale.

Lunch is served from 11 to 1:30.  The event is held in the church gymnasuim and fellowship hall.

Over 40 area crafters and bakers. Come join us for a great lunch and fun time.

Apostolic Christian Skylines Benefit Auction (Sat. Oct 18, 2014 4:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall
7405 W. Route 150
Edwards, IL 61528

Apostolic Christian Skylines is having its 5th Annual Benefit Auction to raise money for remodeling the Assisted Living Area @ Skylines. The benefit auction is @ the Peoria Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall on Rt. 150 past Grand Prairie Mall. The dinner is served 4:30-6:00 pm with a silent & live auction to follow.