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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.

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!

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)

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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.

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!

8th Annual Small Wonders Miracle Walk & Silent Auction (Sat. Oct 18, 2014 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

RiverPlex, 600 NE Water St, Peoria, IL 61603

The 8th Annual Small Wonders Miracle Walk & Silent Auction benefiting Children's Hospital of Illinois' Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) will be held at the Peoria RiverPlex! Join us as we gather to celebrate, reconnect, and remember all of the families who have received care at Children's Hospital of Illinois' NCCU. Last year's walk, organized by graduate families, raised more than $50,000 for family programming, educational classes, activities and medical equipment!


8:00 a.m.: Registration opens

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Walk and Silent Auction

DaxFest 2014 (Sat. Oct 25, 2014 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Washington Park
815 Lincoln Street
Washington, IL 61571

DaxFest 2014 is a family friendly trick or treating community supported event! This event will be located in the Washington, IL Park across from Lincoln Grade School. Kids will be able to walk with their parents along the bike trail to trick or treat while also enjoying activities that include a hay rack ride, corn maze, costume contest, chili cook off, face painting and more!


Dax returned back to Washington, IL in late October to enjoy his final weeks in his hometown. When they told us Dax wouldnt live till Chirstmas we hung up Christmas light before Halloween. Christmas light will light the trick or treating trail in honor of Dax and all the children who battle childhood cancer.


Come join us for a fun and safe trick or treating experience! Children are $10 and adults are free.