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Events under 'Fundraisers/Benefits'

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!


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.

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.

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!

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

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.

Pasta for Patriots (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

1414 N 8th St.
Pekin, IL 61554

Come out for an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at Goodfellas in Pekin.


This is the beginning of our "Joining Hands to Thank Veterans" 11-day event.


We will have a DJ and magician as well as silent auction items, door prizes, and a special gourmet cupcake bar. We will also unveil our display honoring veterans.


All proceeds will be used to do home repairs for veterans. We provide basic home repairs, yard clean ups, and weatherization to Veterans FREE of charge. We are an all-volunteer organization and do not accept government money. We have completed 70 yard cleanups and 18 home repairs since becoming an affiliate of the International Fuller Center for Housing in June of 2013.


Tickets are only $7 for adults, $5 for veterans, and $5 for children 12 and under.

2nd Annual Hustle for Hydrops (Sat. Nov 15, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Five Points Washington
360 N Wilmor Road
Washington, IL 61571

Benefit to raise money and awareness for hydrops!


My husband and I lost our baby at 27 weeks in November 2012 to hydrops. We are raising awareness to this and giving money to OSF in our daughter's name. The money is being used to fund Izzie's Inspirations and support parents going through pregnancies with a poor prognosis.


5K, 12K, and 1 mile fun run

Starts and Ends at Five Points in Washington, IL

Craft Fair during race from 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Santas on the Run (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Downtown Sterling to Rock Falls
Exact Location TBA
Sterling, IL 61081
Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA, 815.535.9622

The Santa Run/Walk is a charity event featuring a festive run between downtown Sterling and Rock Falls benefitting the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA scholarship fund. The event is not timed and is open to everyone--strollers and families are welcome. The running Santas are the first entry in the parade! Kick off the holiday season with a new family tradition.