Category: Fundraising

8th Annual BNYP/Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

BNYPThe Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club will be hosting the 8th annual Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

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:

Here’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 c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org. 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, October 9th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, October 11th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Friday, October 13th 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 c.luchtefeld@autismmclean.org and we’ll do our best to 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: http://bit.ly/BNYPGSF.
  • 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!

BNYP Shoe Drive Fundraiser

The BNYP Kiwanis Club is excited to announce that we are hosting a Shoe Drive to raise funds for community and international projects!

Our goal is to collect 2,500 pairs of new and gently worn shoes between August 15th and October 15th. We will earn funds based on the total weight of the collected shoes, and those funds will be shared with Autism McLean, The Eliminate Project as well as other causes.

Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at the following locations:

Developing Melodies Music Therapy Center:

  • Friday August 18, 9-10:30am
  • Tuesday, August 29, 11-1pm

PrairiErth Farm CSA Pickup (St John’s Lutheran Church on corner of Towanda and Emerson):

  • Tuesday, August 22, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 29, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 12, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 26, 4:30-5:30pm

Other locations / times:

Please share with your friends and families! We appreciate your support!

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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 craig@2400baud.com 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 craig@2400baud.com 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: http://bit.ly/1Thwkub.
  • 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!

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

Start your holiday shopping and support BNYP

On the first day of giving, Gingerbread House gave to me … a way to give, easy as can be!

The Gingerbread House is in the giving spirit and Bloomington-Normal Young Professionals Kiwanis will benefit! On Thursday, Nov. 12, the toy store will donate 10% of sales for the day to our organization.

How can you help? Simply stop by the Gingerbread House (603 South Hannah Street, Bloomington) on Nov. 12 and pick up a few selections from your holiday shopping list. 10% of the total sales that day comes to us!

That’s it. Simple and elegant, no coupons, no letting them know the purchase is for our group. Check off a to-do, get some great quality toys, and help support our organization!

For more information about the Gingerbread House Toy Store and the 12 Days of Giving program, check out their website at www.gingerbreadhousetoys.com.

Gingerbread House / BNYP Flyer

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6th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

6th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

BNYPThe Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club will be hosting our 6th annual Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, April 11, 2015 (Kiwanis One Day – a day in which all Kiwanians are called to volunteer).

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 11th, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM @ the Crossroads Center, 310 Wylie Drive, Suite 468, 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.
  • All unsold donated items will be given to the Mission Mart, Home Sweet Home, ReStore, etc.

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 craig@2400baud.com 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 6th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, April 8th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Friday, April 10th 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 craig@2400baud.com 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: http://doodle.com/r9v5qr3yrpscdx4i.
  • 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!