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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

Pontiac Kiwanis Trivia Event

The Young Professionals put their minds together for a good cause on Friday Night at the Pontiac Kiwanis Trivia Event. Our team was enthusiastic and surprisingly well rounded in most categories, including music, sports, car logos, history, and Clint Eastwood movies!  A great time was had by all, including our youngest teammate Maddox Selkow, with the proceeds going toward the Pontiac Kiwanis Scholarship Fund.  Our team can’t wait to come back next year!… read more

Big Brother Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake

Big Brother Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake

Get ready to Bowl for Kids Sake!

The 2014 Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids sake will be taking place Saturday, March 29th from 5-7pm at Pheasant Lanes Family Fun Center, 804 N Hershey Rd, Bloomington, IL 61704.  Annually it costs $1000 to “Match” a Big Brother/Sister with a Little Brother/Sister for a year. This event, which is the largest fundraiser of the year, generates more than $70,000.00, through participants who bowl and the people who support them, helping to keep this important service to the community alive and well!  Our very own BNYP member, John Holaway, who is a Case Manager for Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, spoke at our February 20th meeting.

If you are interested in joining us please complete this poll, so we know how many we will have From there, you’ll need to register on the team. You can view the team page here: You’ll notice a big “Join Team” button on the right side.

 Hope to see all of you there!

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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

3rd Annual BNYP Holiday Party

3rd Annual BNYP Holiday Party

You’re invited to the 3rd Annual BNYP Holiday Party!  Mark your calendars for 6:00pm on December 19th. The evening will be held at A. Renee in Bloomington.

Our club is going to provide a food station. A full menu will be available for appetizers or plates for purchase, along with a great selection of wine and beer. Please remember to bring a light hearted white elephant gift for our gift exchange ($10 max).

I cannot wait to see all of you at A. Renee!

306 North Center Street
Bloomington IL, 61704

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