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United Way campaign achieved more growth in 2014

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united way logoContributions totaling $11.37 million were raised in the Heart of Illinois United Way’s 2-14 campaign, a 5.2 percent increase over 2013 as the annual campaign continues to grow each year.

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AARP again offering free tax service

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aarplogoThe AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation forIllinoistaxpayers with low to moderate...

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29th Annual Race For The Cure

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Komen LogoThe vision remains the same: A world without breast cancer. It's why the Susan G. Komen For the Cure keeps racing toward a cure, year after year, with the belief that vision will be realized.

The 29th Annual Race for the Cure steps off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Metro Centre as thousands run or walk on...

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AARP: Illinois ranks 10th in ID theft complaints

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aarplogoWith Illinois ranking tenth in the nation for the number of ID theft complaints, and coinciding with Tax Identity...

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Dress For Success can be the start of something big

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dress2When Diane Cullinan Oberhelman decided to start her own business and applied for a commercial loan, she was rejected. It was the mid-1980s and banks just did not offer commercial loans to women.

Obviously Oberhelman, who founded the Peoria real estate development firm Cullinan Properties Ltd., did not let that rejection stop her. Instead, she assembled a team that...

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And in this corner, Nancy Brinker!

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brinker at bradleyFor more than three decades, Nancy Goodman Brinker has...

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CASA of Peoria County needs volunteers

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casa-logoCASA of Peoria County is in need of male and minority volunteers to be advocates for abused and neglected children in the county.

To that end the public is invited to attend an informational meeting hosted by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Peoria County from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Two25 in The Mark Twain Hotel, 225 NE Adams Street....

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ALS Association announces strategy for Ice Bucket donation

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als logoThe ALS Association has developed a long-term strategy for leveraging the Ice Bucket Challenge donations it has...

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New disaster recovery fund established

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cfciA special community-wide fund to help those affected by tornadoes and other natural disasters in 2013 has been established in a collaborative effort between the Community Foundation of Central Illinois and the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Committee.

The Central Illinois Disaster Recovery Fund will accept tax-deductible donations that will be used to provide grant support...

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Stuff-A-Bus campaign kicks off

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busThe 2014 Stuff-a-Bus Food Drive for Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service kicked off Friday, with donations to be collected throughout the month of November.

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Friendship House still seeking sponsors

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Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service still needs sponsors for its Adopt-a-Family and Christmas Tree Lane programs, now in their 24th year.

friendshiphouselogoThere are 122 total families in the Peoria Friendship House Adopt a Family program, including about 330 children, and 13 of those families still await sponsors, according to Friendship House.

"Imagine...

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First of Ice Bucket Challenge donations earmarked

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als logoAfter the generous outpouring of support from people around the globe in this summer's Ice Bucket Challenge,...

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Get quacking! The 25th Annual Duck Race is here

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Martha Herm said it's hard to believe it has been 25 years since the duck race to benefit the Center for the Prevention of Abuse began.

"I guess ducks fly when you're having fun," said Herm, the Center's executive director who has been there for all the previous races. "We had no idea when we started that the race would become what it has. It's has been wonderful."

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EDGE Run set for another go on Nov. 2

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EdgeLogoWhen Methodist College’s Student Government Association started the EDGE Run/Walk last year, it hoped it would become an event that would...

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Nothing common about Goodwill Commons

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Walk into the new Goodwill Commons on War Memorial Drive and you will immediately be struck by how modern and professional the former Goodwill retail store looks.

With new flooring, paint, furniture and so forth, it is nothing like the warehouse-type facility it once was and what people using its services were used to.

That's the way it was planned, said officials of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois, when discussing the...

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Ice buckets cause donations to soar

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als logoIce bucket challenge donations to the ALS Association reached $88.5 million as of Tuesday, Aug. 26, the ALS Association reported....

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10th Annual Maka Maka set for Thursday

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Maka Maka Logo 2013When Maui Jim first proposed the Maka Maka Fun Run/Walk as a fund raising event for Peoria Friendship House the organizers estimated it would become a $25,000 event.

"We were thrilled with the $4,000 raised the first year. We couldn't fathom $25,000," said Laura Clark, vice president and chief administrative officer for Peoria Friendship...

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Illinois Mission of Mercy is this weekend

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imomheaderThe Illinois Mission of Mercy, a two-day event at the Peoria Civic Center this weekend, will see 2,000 patients and provide an estimated $1 million in dental service for free.

The event, open to adults and children on a first-come, first-served basis, will open at 6 a.m. both Friday and Saturday and the clinic doors will remain open until the clinic fills...

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Komen research continues focus on environment

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With a focus on how the environment may be a factor in breast cancer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced it will fund $42 million in research in its 2013 research portfolio.

From that total $4.5 million in funding will research the environment issue, the organization said in a news release.

Komen Logo"The new environmental grants will build on research...

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Doc Watson: Walking for a teammate

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crusens hockeyThere's still time to get involved in one of Peoria's great spring...

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Veterans get one-stop-shop for services

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job corpsArmed forces veterans will be able to get their needs assessed in one place at one time this week in an effort to streamline the process so services can be delivered in more timely fashion.

The Jobs Corps is bringing service providers together at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Illinois Department of Employment Services office at 406 Elm St. in Peoria in sort of...

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