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7th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp Update

The 7th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp total was down from past years, but was still a good haul. In the end, we raised $2500. That’s the equivalent of sending 10 kids to camp, cost-free.

The check will be presented to the Autism McLean board on Thursday, May 4th, 2016.

The garage sale fundraiser is done, annually, in April as April is National Autism Awareness Month. Check out Autism McLean‘s website for more information about autism-related events in Bloomington-Normal.

Pictures from the garage sale are up on our Flickr site.

Many thanks to the Autism McLeanSugarOak Management ServicesDistrict 87, GLT, to everyone that donated items for the garage sale, and last, but not least, all of the fantastic volunteers from BNYP, Autism McLean, ISU’s Tri Sigma Epsilon Omicron, family members, and friends that helped make this year’s garage sale a success!

We had a lot of fun working with everyone who contributed to make this a success again this year. Lots of planning, long hours, lots of elbow grease (in the form of folding clothes, sorting stuff, and moving large objects) helped make this happen yet again this year.

We’re looking forward to hearing how well Autism Camp goes and can’t wait to help again next year.… read more


7th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

BNYPThe Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club will be hosting the 7th annual Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to Autism McLean for Autism Camp.

Autism Camp is dedicated to providing a valuable experience for children on the autism spectrum in a natural outdoor setting on Lake Bloomington. Children have the opportunity to engage in typical camp activities, including, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, games, and much more in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

The cost for camp is $225-$250 per child. The money raised by our fundraiser will help pay the way for kids who could otherwise not afford to attend camp. You can read more about Autism Camp here.

Here are the details:

  • The garage sale will be on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM @ the Crossroads Center, 310 Wylie Drive, Suite 450, Normal, IL (1 mile from the Interstate Center)
  • The garage sale itself will be a “name your own price” garage sale – no listed prices. The goal is to sell each and every item.

BNYP_ASMC_Garage_Sale_LocationHere’s how you can help:

  • Donate garage-sale worthy items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at or 309-319-6006. The more items donated, the more money we can raise, and the more kids we can send to camp!
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, April 11th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Friday, April 15th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • We’ll have volunteers to help unload and sort your items.
  • If you have items you’d like to donate but cannot make one of the early drop-off dates, please contact Craig Luchtefeld at or 309-319-6006 and we’ll work out a time to retrieve your items.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to help unload or sort items at any one of the early drop-off times, we’d very much appreciate the help! You can register to volunteer here:
  • If you’d like to make a monetary donation in lieu of donating garage sale items, we’d welcome the donation!

So, please, help us get the word out for this fundraising event and do some garage sale-ing!


Bloomington Kiwanis Pancake Days: 2/20 and 2/21

What: Bloomington Kiwanis Pancake Days at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

When: Saturday and Sunday, Feb 20 and 21 from  7am – 12:30pm

Where: Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N East St, Bloomington, IL 61701

More Info: Tickets are in advance $6/adults and $3 for children 5-12 years old, children under 5 are free. At the door adults are $7.00. Pancake Days helps support many local charities including: Camp Limberlost, Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Miracle Network, the Salvation Army, and the Boy Scouts of America. For tickets in advance, please call the Kiwanis District Office at 309-585-2216.… read more


Flat Top Fundraiser / Social – Tuesday, Jan 26th

  • What: We’re having our monthly social at Flat Top Grill on a day where all 15% of all sales go towards the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. Feel free to bring a friend or family.
  • When: Mon, 1/26, 6 PM
  • Where: Flat Top Grill, 307 Veterans Pkwy, Normal, IL 61761
  • More info: Here’s the link to the doodle poll. Please sign up if you know that you are coming so that we can get a headcount for the table. Hope to see you all there!
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Midwest Food Bank on March 21

Join us for an upcoming volunteer opportunity at Midwest Food Bank on Monday, March 21 from 6-8 p.m. as we sort and pack food.

Sign up using our Doodle poll. Please register at least two days before the event. You will need to fill out a Volunteer Agreement when you arrive if it is your first time.… read more


Big Brother Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Get ready to Bowl for Kids Sake!

The 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of McLean County’s Bowl for Kids sake will be taking place Saturday, March 5th and the 19th from 5-7pm at Pheasant Lanes Family Fun Center, 804 N Hershey Rd, Bloomington, IL 61704.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser.

We haven’t yet finalized on the 3/5 or 3/19 date yet. Stay tuned!… read more


The Salvation Army “Make a Difference” Volunteer Celebration

  • What: Join the Salvation Army celebrate the results of the 2015 “Make a Difference” campaign and celebrate those who made 2015 a huge success.
  • When: Thur, 1/28, 5-7 PM
  • Where: The Double Tree By Hilton, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, IL
  • More info: Please RSVP to Angie Fulton at 309-829-9476 x204 or by 12 PM, Friday, January 22nd.
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2016 Polar Plunge

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