Category: Fundraising

Polar Plunge 2015!

Polar Plunge 2015!

Members of BNYP will once again be jumping into a frozen lake to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois!

The event takes place Feb. 21 at Miller Park Lake in Bloomington. Sign up today to participate.… read more

Start your holiday shopping and raise BNYP funds

Start your holiday shopping and raise BNYP funds

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 Tuesday, Nov. 4, 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. 4 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

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5th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp Update

5th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp Update

13770459615_e2fc21e29f_mThe 5th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp surpassed our expectations this year. In the end, we raised $4500, by far the most we’ve ever raised. That total is the equivalent of sending 18-20 kids to camp for free – pretty outstanding.

The check will be presented to the Autism Society of McLean County‘s board on Thursday, May 1st.

The garage sale fundraiser was the Kiwanis One Day event for our club.  For more information about Kiwanis One Day, click here.  Click here for more information about the garage sale.

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

Many thanks to the Autism Society of McLean CountySugarOak Management ServicesDistrict 87, McLean County News Bulletin, GLT, The Pantagraph, The Kiwanis Club of Farmer City, to everyone that donated items for the garage sale, and last, but not least, all of the fantastic volunteers from our club, the COUNTRY Financial Volunteer Network, family members, and friends that helped make this year’s garage sale a success!

13770469373_b44a6345f0_mWe had a lot of fun working with everyone who contributed to make this a success again this year. Lots of planning, long hours, some heroics, and 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

5th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

5th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

BNYPThe Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club (yes, that’s us!), will be hosting our 5th annual Autism Society of McLean County (ASMC) Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 (Kiwanis One Day – learn more about Kiwanis One Day here).

All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to ASMC 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 5th, 2014 from 7:00a to 2:30p @ the Crossroads Center, 310 Wylie Drive, Suite 466, 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 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, March 31st from 5:00p – 7:00p
    • Wednesday, April 2nd from 5:00p – 7:00p
    • Friday, April 4th from 5:00p – 7:00p
    • 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!… read more

Calling All Club Members!

Calling All Club Members!

As the new year is beginning, the Directors are working hard with each committee to get the ball going on all of our wonderful projects, events and development of our club. We are looking for our amazing members (that’s you!) to sign up for a committee and show us all your amazing skills. Together we can make this club the best it can be!

Below you will find a list of all available committees and a brief description. If you have any questions, feel free to email the Director. Once you ave decided which committee you would like to join, email me ( with your choice and we will get you added and off to greatness. Or you can sign up at the November and December club meetings.

Yours in Service and Leadership,

Jill Haacke


Membership Committee : Ben Arnold & Craig Lutchefeld (

  • Greet and introduce guests at club meetings and events.
  • Respond to all membership inquiries.
  • Follow up with guests to attend meetings and events.
  • Develop and oversee annual membership campaign to bring in new membership.

Service Committee : Director Dipti Hattangady (

  • Organize and oversee club service activities each month.
  • Solicit service ideas from other club members.

Social Committee : Director Babs Allen (

  • Organize monthly club happy hour including securing location and promoting event within the club.
  • Organize any club outing to major events.
  • Organize all interclub trips to other Kiwanis clubs in Division 22 including scheduling and recruitment of participants.

Marketing Committee : Director Andrew Lenahan (

  • Maintain all sources of social media for the club.
  • Keep the club website,, up to date.

Fundraising Committee : Director Michelle Ginnetti (

  • Organize all fundraising activities for the club.
  • Work together with the club for the Autism sale.
  • Implement a new fundraiser for July/August 2014.
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Autism Society of McLean County Hero Run/Walk, Sat, Sept 21 @ 9:00a

Autism Society of McLean County Hero Run/Walk, Sat, Sept 21 @ 9:00a

heroWhat: The 2013 Autism Society of McLean County Hero Run/Walk

When: Saturday, September 21st, 9:00a

Where: Tipton Park Trails, Bloomington


The goal is to continue to strengthen families’ access to and enjoyment of community programs, services and events.

Having these opportunities is vital for the children to learn how to navigate the community which will help them as they become adults and just as importantly; by the children being in the community, the community is learning about children and adults who live with autism.

Register here:

Check out our calendar for other upcoming events!… read more