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Events under 'Fundraisers/Benefits'

Peoria Sam's Club Teams Up with Pajama Program (Fri. Oct 31, 2014 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Sam's Club
4100 W. Willow Knolls Dr
Peoria, IL 61615

Sam's Club of Peoria and Pajama Program are combining efforts for the third consecutive year to collect new pajamas and new books for children.


Created in 2001, Pajama Program is a nonprofit organization with 60 chapters in 33 states. This program collects and distributes new pajamas and new books to local children who would otherwise not have these items. Since its beginning the organization has donated over 2 million new pajamas and books to children in need.


There is an urgent need to collect new pajamas for these children before "Danger Season," starts in October when temperatures begin to dip to the freezing point. These youngsters in need, particularly those living in temporary arrangements or waiting to be adopted, will benefit directly from the contributions as frigid temperature begin to creep in.


Sam's Club hopes to collect 100 new pajamas and 100 new books for children in need. A colorful, pajama-decorated collection bin will be located near the front of the club for the duration of the drive. Donors are asked to drop off a pair of pajamas or a new book in the bin. Pajama Program will deliver the gifts to local children in need at the end of the campaign.



Craft / vendor fundriser and canned food drive (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Calvary Baptist Church
921 Caroline St.
Pekin, IL 61554

This fundriser/canned food drive is to help the food pantry. There will be a bake sale and a raffle, so please come out and help a good food pantry. They serve 120-140 families every other week.

Lifetime's 7th Annual Walk for a Lifetime (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Lincoln Park
5th St. & Sangamon Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702

Walk for a Lifetime is about raising funds and awareness to advance a culture of life in our community and beyond. Lifetime solely relies upon individual, business and church partnerships to continue offering our life-saving services. With the addition of ultrasound services this year, we are especially thankful for our generous partners who help us answer our girls' #1 question: "Am I really pregnant?"


Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and encouragement as we celebrate LIFE together!


Open House is at Lifetime and includes tours, viewing of LIVE ultrasound, and free chili dinner. Everyone welcome!

Family Fun Fest (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heyworth High School
308 W. Cleveland

The Heyworth Christian Church Youth Ministry is sponsoring the 16th annual Family Fun Fest, Dinner and Benefit Auction.

The Fun Fest activities include carnival games, face painting, bounce house, silent auction and much, much more.  All-you-can-eat BBQ Pork dinner starts at 5:00 P.M.  Benefit auction for the senior high mission trip starts at 6:00 P.M.  Free movie and popcorn for the kids starts at 6:30 P.m.

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.

Dunlap Prospect UMC Turkey Dinner (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Dunlap Prospect United Methodist Church
300 E Ash Street
Dunlap, IL 61525

Dunlap Prospect United Methodist Church


Annual TURKEY DINNER For Tickets call church office


Adults: $12 in advance, $13 at door Children: (ages 5 - 12 yrs) $6 in advance, $7 at door


Dinner, served family style, includes: Turkey and Dressing Mashed Potatoes and gravy Vegetable and Cranberries Homemade desserts Carryout service available

St. Paul's Soup & Sandwich Supper (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
80 Chestnut Street
Varna, IL 61375
309. 696.6590

St. Paul's Lutheran Church's annual Soup & Sandwich Supper. Three kinds of soup to choose from. Prices are, $8 for adults, $6 for kids 12 & under, and free for kids under 5.

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

SVYS 5th Annual Trivia Night! (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Hoogland Center for the Arts Theatre 3
420 S. Sixth St
Springfield, IL 62701

The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony invites you to its fifth annual, fun-filled Trivia Night! Renowned Trivia Expert and Emcee Russ Friedewald will host the event.


Since Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day, this year’s theme is “Sinners & Saints”! Costumes are highly encouraged (but not required). Get ready to show us your knowledge and compete for a cash prize! (We'll even let you buy a mulligan to use on those questions that stump you.) Looking for more ways to win? Then take a chance at our 50/50 drawing!


The cost to participate in this exciting event is only $10 per person, which can be paid at the door or in advance by calling the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Office at the above number. Have a group of know-it-alls? Tables of 10 may be reserved in advance by calling our office. Drinks will also be available for purchase throughout the evening at our cash bar. Sponsorships or other contributions are welcome. All proceeds will go to support the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra. We hope you can make it!


San Jose United Methodist Turkey Supper (Wed. Nov 5, 2014 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

San Jose United Methodist Church
600 S. 1st St
San Jose

Roast turkey dinner with mashed potatoes/gravy, dressing, vegetable, salad, dessert and drink.

Dine In or Carry Out

Adults - $10.00

Children - $4.00

Baked goods and candies also.

Proceeds benefit missions supported by the United Methodist Women.


Fundraising event for Susan G. Komen (Wed. Nov 5, 2014 5:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Morton Knights of Columbus Hall
616 W. David
Morton, IL 61550

This event will feature new and gently used handbags, totes, wallets, coin purses, etc. that will be available by live and silent auction during the evening.  We have donations of Coach, Vera Bradley, TLC Kanvas, Kate Spade, and more! 


Doors open at 5:30 p.m. - live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. 


Silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres, pink lemonade, and iced tea, along with TCRC wine and coffee tasting.  Cash bar available. 


$20.00 per person.  Tickets available at Morton Tourism Office, 204 S. First Street, Morton or by calling Susan or Sharyl.


2014 St. Joseph's Home Raffle (Fri. Nov 7, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

St. Joseph's Home Holy Family Center
3306 South Sixth Street Road
Springfield, IL 62703

The 2014 SJH Annual Raffle Grand Prize drawing. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

Early Bird drawings will be held October 24th and October 31st, both at 10am in the Holy Family Center family room.

Tickets will be on sale Sept. 1st and will remain on sale in the Development office until 4pm on Friday, November 6th. Call to secure your chance at up to $10,000*.

Grand Prize– $10,000*

2nd Prize- $1,000

3rd Prize- $500

*$10,000 grand prize guaranteed after 1,000 tickets sold (otherwise Grand Prize reverts to 50/50 of net proceeds). Proceeds will go towards new draperies for resident rooms and throughout the home. Need not be present to win. Raffle open to individuals 18 years or older. Void where prohibited by law. 

80th Annual Bazaar (Sat. Nov 8, 2014 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Centennial Christian Church
1219 E Grove St
Bloomington, Il 61701
309.750.2349 or 309.828.2185

Coffee and rolls available at 7:30

Luncheon from 10:30 to 1 with carry-out

Bake sale, Crafts, Thanksgiving and Christmas Items, Attic treasures

Wesley United Methodist Church Heritage Bazaar (Sat. Nov 8, 2014 8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Wesley Ministry Center
160 North Avenue A
Canton, Il 61520

Bazaar - Booths offering homemade foods, frozen mini ham loaves, handmade decorations and crafts, candy, rugs, holiday items, trinkets & treasures and a silent auction.  Coffee Hour - 8-10:30 with homemade rolls and coffee cakes.  Lunch - 11-1 with chicken & noodles, chili, vegetable soup, salads and desserts.


Prairie School Fall Open House (Sat. Nov 8, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Prairie Christian School
3 N. Grant St.
El Paso, IL 61738

Multiple vendors, crafts, bake sale and a lunch stand serving smoked pork.  Carry outs and kids meals are available.

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.

Chili for Chile (Sat. Nov 15, 2014 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Faith Baptist Church and Christian School
1501 Howard Ct.
Pekin, IL 61554

Actually, they don't eat Chili in Chile, but the Senior Class of Faith Baptist Christian School is hosting a Chili Supper to help them raise money for their class missionary trip to Santiago, Chile. 


Advance Tickets are $7 each and ALL proceeds go to the Senior Class Trip. Tickets will be $8 at the door.


Contact Shawn Haynie at Faith Baptist Christian School or stop by our school office at, to buy your tickets.


Because of the missionary nature of this trip, you may also make a tax deductible donation to the senior class through Faith Baptist Christian School. Contact Shawn Haynie for details.

2nd Annual Craft Show & Bake Sale (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Calvary Temple Assembly of God
5125 W Farmington Rd
Peoria, IL, 61604

We are focused on outreach to our community and we see a great opportunity in helping our community through our children’s ministries. This past year we have been able to provide many special events such as trunk-or-treat and our Easter egg hunt, an exciting vacation Bible school program, provide school supplies and backpacks to those in need, and send youth to summer camps. We are thankful that God has blessed us in being able to do these things and we are excited to do more in the upcoming year! This craft sale is an opportunity for us to work together as a church family to raise funds to help our community even more and we appreciate all those who would like to help us make a positive effect on this community as well.

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

Contact Info:

Downtown Sterling to Rock Falls
YWCA parking lot
Sterling, IL 61081
Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA, 815.535.9622

People dressed in Santa suits will take to the streets of Sterling and Rock Falls for the Santas On The Run, a benefit for the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA scholarship fund.


Kick off this year’s holiday season with a new family tradition. People of all ages will be dressed in full Santa regalia for the 2-mile run/walk leading the Twin Cities Holiday Parade.


This is a great family event for people of all ages and levels of fitness. The event is a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit with friends, family, or work colleagues while raising funds for a great cause.


The race will start in the YWCA parking lot in downtown Sterling, head over the 1st Ave. bridge to Rock Falls, turn right on 3rd St., and head back to the start.


Participants can run it, walk it, skip it, hop it, finish it however they like, as long as they do it in the official four-piece suit that is included with the registration fee. You must register ahead of time! No race-day registrations accepted.


Register at the Y, by mail, or online.