Family Calendar & Concerts

Events under 'Fundraisers/Benefits'

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 at least another month.

Adoption Fundraiser (Sun. Oct 12, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Rochester Christian Church
325 South Walnut
Rochester, IL 62563

Come enjoy a night of dinner, trivia, laughter, and fun as you support a local family in their adoption process.  Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Trivia will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Cost to play is $10 per person or $80 per table of 8.  Ongoing events that night include a bake sale and an envelope donation board.  To reserve a trivia table, please email  or call.

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.

ZOMBIE TAG (Sat. Oct 18, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Bradley Campus - Olin Quad
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL
309.676.8736 ext. 17340

A family-friendly and fun Halloween event. Zombie Tag is just like Freeze-Tag except once you've been tagged you are turned into a zombie and try to tag other people! Awards will be given and all Proceeds benefit the Heart of Illinois United Way.


Students: $2.00

Non-Students: $4.00

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 dinner is served 4:30-6:00 pm with a silent & live auction to follow.

Mia's Miniature Golf Tournament (Sun. Oct 19, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Mia's Miniature Golf Tournament
1700 Recreation Drive.
Springfield, IL

This is a fundraiser to help bring Mia home from China to her forever family!

rain date October 26th at Knights Action Park

This is a Family Event! Fun for ages 4 and up. Free food and drinks ALL DAY! And, prizes!

For more information, or to register a team or sponsor a hole, please contact Angie Jenkins.

Choose your tee time of Noon, 2:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.

$60 per team of 4 (food and drinks included)

Apostolic Christian Skylines Benefit Auction (Mon. Oct 20, 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 dinner is served 4:30-6:00 pm with a silent & live auction to follow.

Vendor/craft fair (Sat. Oct 25, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
1201 W. Jackson
Auburn, IL 62615

Third Annual Craft and Vendor Fair with bake sale & kids games. Many vendors and crafters on hand with cash and carry items on site! Proceeds will benefit High School youth attending the National Youth Gathering in July 2016. For additional information contact Trinity Lutheran Church.

SCHEELS Treadmill Marathon (Sat. Oct 25, 2014 12:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Springfield Scheels
3801 S MacArthur Blvd

Come cheer for your favorite team! Opening Ceremonies, including presentation from Medals for Mettle. Don't miss this amazing, powerful moment. This is a marathon length competition (26.2 miles) in which 5 relay teams will compete to beat solo marathon runner Justin Gillette. Justin has won 77 marathons with a personal best of 2:25:44!! Currently ranked 6th in the WORLD for career marathon wins.


Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities in Springfield.


Donations can be made at the event to Medals4Mettle or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Springfield.


Marathon, Ultra Marathon, Triathlon and Half Marathon medals are accepted for donation.


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.

16th Annual Mission Benefit Supper and Auction (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heyworth High School
308 W Cleveland St
Heyworth, IL
309.825.3727 / 309.473.2771

Starting at 5:00 p.m.--All you can eat

Bar-B-Q pork loin, baked beans, goulash, corn, dinner rolls, variety of homemade pies/desserts


Benefit auction starts at 6:00 p.m.

Hand-made items, needlework, crafts, gift baskets, tools, furniture, certificates from local merchants, baked goods, pies, and lots more!


All types of donations welcome!


Sponsored by Heyworth Christian Church Youth Ministry

Soup and Soul for the Center (Tue. Nov 11, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Dream Center Peoria
714 Hamilton Blvd.


Soup and Soul for the Center is one of Peoria's most amazing events.  Enjoy incredible local jazz, classical, and americana folk music while trying soups and deserts from 20+ of Peoria's best restaurants.  

Additionally, you get to see and hear about the work that goes on at Dream Center Peoria where we are restoring dignity and providing opportunities for a meaningful future to human beings in our community.

100% of the proceeds stay local and go to support the 26+ programs and events at Dream Center Peoria.

Follow the link to get your tickets today!

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.