LISTEN: Exemplary Citizen Awards

LISTEN: Exemplary Citizen Awards

December 6th, 2019- Everyday citizens play a vital role in assisting law enforcement in order to keep our community safe and to ensure justice for crime victims. Since 2014 our office has presented 79 Exemplary Citizen Awards to individuals and local organizations for going above and beyond in helping us fight crime. This year 26 citizens were honored as award recipients who assisted law enforcement and victims over the course of the past year. Check out the full list below of all who have been recognized with the exception of one of this year’s Exemplary Citizens who has requested no public recognition.

 

Mark D. Hunter, Sr.

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you displayed when, after having pieces of aluminum siding stolen from a residence you own, but being unable to prove that identical pieces that had been sold at a recycling facility came from your property, you returned to the house and placed identifying marks on the back of the remaining loose pieces of siding, which were then also stolen, were located at the recycling facility, and were identified by the marks you made, which led to the arrest of a career criminal and his prosecution, conviction, and prison sentence for the crime of Theft.

 

Julie M. Jordan

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed after observing a grossly impaired driver repeatedly striking curbs, swerving dramatically, and running red lights, by calling 911, keeping dispatch alerted to the location of the vehicle, and providing a statement to the police as to your observations, which resulted in the driver’s arrest, prosecution, and convictions for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.

 

Jacqueline Hollis-George

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you exhibited when, after observing a vehicle swerving in the roadway and nearly colliding with two other vehicles, you called 911 and provided the location of the vehicle to dispatch, which enabled the police to quickly locate and stop the vehicle, and resulted in the driver’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug.

 

Peggy Mennel

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety and justice you displayed upon witnessing a hit-and-run collision in following the fleeing vehicle, taking photographs of the vehicle, and returning to the scene to provide the information you gathered to the police, which resulted in the apprehension of the offender and his successful prosecution for Driving Under the Influence and Resisting a Peace Officer.

 

Brian Cravens

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety and justice you displayed upon passing a car which had come to a stop on the highway and hearing the female driver yell for help, by calling 911, following the vehicle until officers arrived, and remaining at the scene and providing a statement to officers, which terminated the attack on the victim, and resulted in the passenger’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Felony Domestic Battery.

 

Larry Cravens

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety and justice you displayed upon passing a car which had come to a stop on the highway and hearing the female driver yell for help, by calling 911, following the vehicle until officers arrived, and remaining at the scene and providing a statement to officers, which terminated the attack on the victim, and resulted in the passenger’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Felony Domestic Battery.

 

Terry Copeland

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to public safety you exhibited when, after observing a vehicle being driven erratically, you called 911, followed the vehicle until it stopped after striking and breaking a utility pole, checked on the driver to see if he was injured, and remained at the scene until officers arrived, which led to the driver’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Driving Under the Influence.

 

Todd Martin

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you displayed when, having observed a vehicle leave the roadway, drive through a roadside stand, and come to a stop against a utility pole guy wire, you pinned the vehicle against the guy wire with your truck preventing the driver from fleeing the scene, which led to his arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Driving Under the Influence.

 

Joseph Wilkinson

In recognition and appreciation of your dedication to public safety in calling 911 when you observed a grossly impaired driver weaving in and out of oncoming traffic and nearly hitting mailboxes along the road, which enabled deputies to quickly locate the vehicle, and resulted in the driver’s arrest, conviction, and prison sentence for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of a Drug.

 

Raymond B. Standerwick

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed when you observed a grossly impaired driver, called 911, followed the vehicle until it stopped, kept dispatch updated on the vehicle’s location, and remained on scene until the police arrived, who discovered that the driver was armed with a gun, which resulted driver’s arrest, prosecution, and convictions for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

 

Sarah Knowles

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to justice and public safety you displayed after observing an employee of a local business attempting to prevent her intoxicated former boyfriend from re-entering the premises, and witnessing him commit a battery upon her, in giving a statement to the police and providing crucial testimony at trial, which resulted in convictions for the crimes of Aggravated Battery and Felony Domestic Battery.

 

Jaice Hill

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed when, after observing a man yelling obscenities at an elderly female in a vehicle, threatening her with bodily harm, striking her vehicle several times with his hand, and attempting to enter her vehicle, you called 911, remained at the scene and provided a statement to the police, which led to the man’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for the crime of Attempt (Vehicular Invasion).

 

Ken Frye

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you exhibited upon observing an occupant of the vehicle in front of you fire numerous rounds from a handgun at another vehicle, which was the culmination of a running gun battle between the two vehicles which covered several city blocks and resulted in two innocent victim’s cars and one home being struck with bullets, in pulling to the side of the road, writing down the license plate number of the car, and calling 911, which led to the identification of the driver of the vehicle, and his arrest, prosecution, and conviction for the crime of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

 

Haley Emerson

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed after observing a grossly impaired driver swerving, running into curbs, and nearly striking your car, in calling 911 and providing the license plate number to police, which led to the quick apprehension of the Felony Revoked driver.

 

Nichole Biehl

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed upon seeing a vehicle being driven erratically and at high speed by calling 911, following and maintaining observation of the vehicle, reporting the location of the vehicle to dispatch, and remaining at the scene to provide a statement to the police, which resulted in the driver’s conviction for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug, and his conviction and prison sentence for Possession of Methamphetamine.

 

Randy Grigg

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you exhibited when you drove upon the scene of a traffic crash in stopping to check the welfare of the vehicles’ occupants, following the driver of one vehicle who walked away from the scene, attempting to convince the driver to return to the scene, and providing the location of the house the driver entered, which led to the driver’s apprehension, prosecution, and conviction for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Resulting in Great Bodily Harm.

 

Timothy Frey

In recognition and appreciation of the vigilance you displayed when you heard a burglar alarm as you drove by a local business, observed a man bending over in front of the business then meeting up with a second man and placing items in the bed of a truck, by calling 911 and keeping dispatch updated on the men’s actions, remaining at the scene, and providing a statement to the police, which led to the apprehension and successful prosecution of both burglars.

 

Jessica Loeffler

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed after being notified by a customer at your place of employment that a driver was slumped over the wheel of a vehicle in the parking lot, in calling 911, going to the vehicle and waking the impaired driver, at which point another impaired person entered the driver seat, and remaining at the scene and providing a statement to officers, which led to the arrest and successful prosecution of one driver for Driving Under the Influence of a Drug, and the other for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of a Drug.

 

Jason Largent

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to justice you displayed when, after being approached while sitting in your truck by a man who demanded money from you, placed his hand in his coat pocket and pointed at you as if he had a gun, and threatened to “blow your head off,” you retrieved a baseball bat, exited your truck and confronted the unarmed would-be robber, and reported the incident to the police, which led to the apprehension, prosecution, and prison sentence of a career criminal for the crime of Attempt (Aggravated Robbery).

 

Antwan L. Gaddy, Jr.

In recognition and appreciation of the bravery you displayed, being twelve years old, when a man broke a window and entered your home, in calling your mother on the phone, arming yourself with a knife, and, when the intruder came into your bedroom carrying a flashlight and turned towards you, cutting and stabbing him causing him to flee the residence, and DNA analysis of the blood recovered from the scene determined the identity of the suspect, and resulted in his arrest, prosecution, and prison sentence for the crime of Residential Burglary.

 

Brian Wade

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to public safety you displayed when you observed a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of a divided highway after sunset, with only one headlight, and had to change lanes to avoid a head-on collision, by turning around and following the vehicle, calling 911, approaching the driver after he turned onto a side road and exited his vehicle, preventing him from driving from the scene, remaining at the scene until officers arrived, and providing a statement to the police, which resulted in the driver’s arrest and the determination that he had a BAC more than four times the legal limit, his prosecution, and his conviction for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence.

 

Randy Morlan

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to public safety you displayed when you observed a vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of a divided highway after sunset, with only one headlight, and had to change lanes to avoid a head-on collision, by turning around and following the vehicle, calling 911, approaching the driver after he turned onto a side road and exited his vehicle, removing the keys from his vehicle so he could not drive from the scene, and providing a statement to the police, which resulted in the driver’s arrest and the determination that he had a BAC more than four times the legal limit, his prosecution, and his conviction for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence.

 

Darrell Sumler

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed when, having observed a woman screaming, running toward you with blood running down her face and being followed by two men yelling at her to get back inside of their truck, you stepped in, told the men to stay away and that the police had been called, and remained at the scene and gave a statement to the police, which resulted in the attacker’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for the crime of Aggravated Battery.

 

Sandra Kraft-Sumler

In recognition and appreciation of the dedication to public safety you displayed when, having heard a female crying and asking for help, then observed her running toward you with blood running down her face and being followed by two men yelling at her to get back inside of their truck, you called 911, and remained at the scene and gave a statement to the police, which resulted in the attacker’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for the crime of Aggravated Battery.

 

Michael Sullens

In recognition and appreciation of the commitment to public safety you displayed when you observed a driver at your place of employment to be staggering and falling down, and believed him to be intoxicated, by calling 911 and providing a statement to the police, which led to the driver’s arrest, prosecution, and conviction for Aggravated Driving Under the Influence.

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Enjoy downtown Decatur this year with DECtheTown! Visit our beautiful downtown and enjoy an entire season of family activities and entertainment.  

This Week’s Highlighted Events

  • 12/12

    • Homework Hangout Decatur Community Christmas Celebration (DC3), 5:30pm-7:30pm. 249 S. Webster Street (formerly Saint James School). – All I Want for Christmas is: fun, snow, joy, presents and more. We’ve got it all at the 4th annual Decatur Community Christmas Celebration. Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 12, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, for DC3. Bring the entire family to this free event that celebrates the most wonderful time of the year.

    12/13

    • Public Ice Skating – Decatur Civic Center – CLICK HERE for details. 
    • Holiday Trivia & Other Festive Shenanigans – 6 PM – 9 PM  – Children’s Museum of Illinois  – Trivia and games fuel this latest entry into CMofIL’s series of adults-only Museum after dark events. BYOE (Bring your own everything) $10 per person, up to 6 people per team. 10 rounds of 10 questions. Other festive shenanigans throughout the night. CLICK HERE for details. 
    • Christmas Light Bar Crawl – 7 PM – 12 AM  – Hickory Point Mall – Looking for a fun way to look at the Christmas lights around the Decatur area? Try this very special seasonal bar crawl on the 217 Party Bus. CLICK HERE for details.

    12/14

    • Public Ice Skating – Decatur Civic Center – CLICK HERE for details. 
    • The Prophecy Show, a Tribute to the Music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra – 7 PM – Decatur Civic Center – Performing in the style of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The prophecy spares no details when it comes to costumes, music, choreography, lasers, and fog. Come experience The Prophecy once again this Christmas season as they perform all of your favorite music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and More. CLICK HERE for details. 
    • 30th Annual Mari-Mann Christmas High Tea – 12 PM – 2 PM – Mari-Mann Herb Co Inc – Join Mari-Mann for a wonderful afternoon High Tea with an array of sweet, and not-to-be forgotten, savory treats.  Reservations required. CLICK HERE for details. 
    • A Very Postmodern Christmas – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM – Kirkland Fine Arts Center – This holiday season, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox launch their inaugural Christmas tour, entitled “A Very Postmodern Christmas.” Fans can expect the same originality, wit, and virtuosic LIVE musical performances that have garnered them viral online stardom and worldwide acclaim, but for the first time they will witness a revitalization of the idea of a holiday tour itself! The tour will feature PMJ’s rotating retro collective of showstopping vocalists, dancers, and instrumentalists. This time, they’re mashing up timeless holiday classics along with some of today’s pop hits in the “vintage” styles of 1920s hot jazz, doo wop, and Motown that you’ve come to expect from them. When asked about what to expect from the show, Bradlee said, “Put simply: it’s the touring equivalent of Bing Crosby singing “Little Drummer Boy” with David Bowie.” CLICK HERE for details. 

    12/15

    • The Office Christmas Trivia Night – 4 PM – 6 PM  – Door 4 Brewing Co. – The Office Trivia Night is back with all NEW questions, all about the Christmas episodes! Guaranteed tables are limited, so to reserve your table today! CLICK HERE for details.
    • Public Ice Skating – Decatur Civic Center – CLICK HERE for details. 

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Full Schedule of Events

Your Comprehensive List of All Holiday Events in Decatur!

Downtown Merchant Hours: SHOP LOCAL! 

  • The Brass Horn and Brass Horn Too- M-F 9:30am- 6pm, Saturday 9:30am-4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm
  • Tournesol- M-Sat 10am-5pm
  • Embroidered Expressions- M-F 10a-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 12pm-4pm 
  • Giggles – M-F 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm
  • Decanter- M-F 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun (12/8-12/22) 12pm-4pm
  • Del’s Popcorn Shop – M-F 9:30am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, (until 12/22)Sun 12pm-5pm
  • Shop on Main – M-F 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun December 8 12pm-4pm
  • Merle Norman Cosmetics – M 10am-5pm T-F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm

Check out the Christmas Parade, Presented by Earthmover Credit Union! NowDecatur’s broadcast of the Christmas Parade was presented by Bob Brady Auto Group!

The Decatur Area Arts Council is hosting a community art project for this holiday season, “Christmas Card Lane.” This is an outdoor exhibit/competition comprised of larger-than-life ‘cards’ created by local artists and groups based on the theme “Holiday Season Around the World.” The cards are displayed in downtown Decatur (across from ADM Center) from November 29 to December 30, 2019. The community is invited to vote for their favorite card design and prize money will be awarded to the top three designs! Click HERE to vote! 

Brinkoetter Realtors and Neuhoff Media are proud to present Bright Bulbs; a beloved holiday tradition designed to celebrate our community’s seasonal glow. Homes and businesses are encouraged to enter your best and brightest outdoor lighting display, make nominations, and vote for your favorite. Click HERE for contest guidelines and on how to enter!

UPDATED:  Trick or Treat Times

UPDATED: Trick or Treat Times

October 21, 2019 – Looking for Halloween dates and times for your community?  NowDecatur has compiled a comprehensive list of community trick or treat times as well as a list of Trunk or Treat events. If your event would like to be included on the list, contact news@wsoyam.com

Trick or Treat Times

October 31st 4-9pm  

Sullivan  

October 31st 5-7pm 

Cerro Gordo  

October 31st 5-8pm 

Argenta  

Casey (5:30) 

Clinton 

Deland 

Harristown 

Lovington 

Macon 

Maroa 

Monticello  

Mt. Pulaski 

Mt. Zion  

October 31st 6-8pm  

Bement 

Decatur  

October 31st until 8pm  

Forsyth  

October 31st 6-9pm 

Bethany  

October 30th & 31st 5-8pm 

Moweaqua  

October 30th & 31st 6-8pm 

Assumption  

Blue Mound (8:30) 

October 30th &31st  

Warrensburg 5-8, 5-7 

 

Trunk or Treat:

October 30th 

St. John’s Lutheran 5pm-7pm 

GT Church (Indoors) 6pm

Temple Baptist Church 6pm

Decatur First Church of the Nazarene 6pm

October 31th 

Boys Girls Club 4pm-6pm  

New Vision 5pm-7pm 

Mt. Zion United Methodist 6pm-8pm 

Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center 6pm- 8pm

Hickory Point Bank 8:30am- 5:00pm

Heartland Community Church 6pm- 8pm

South Shores Christian Church 6pm-8pm

Long Creek Fire Department 5:30pm-8pm

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church 6pm-8pm

Forsyth Public Library 5pm-7:30pm

 

 

WATCH: Crossing Recovery Center Ribbon Cutting

WATCH: Crossing Recovery Center Ribbon Cutting

Take a virtual tour with Brian Byers and CEO of Crossing Healthcare Tanya Andricks of the two completed buildings of the brand new Crossing Recovery Center.

Hear Howard G. Buffett’s passionate speech before the ribbon cutting of the Crossing Recovery Center

Hear from Brandie Pugsley, who was on the stage last year when the Howard G. Buffett Foundation announced the campus, and has been in recovery and represents what is possible for those battling addiction.

Hear from Kathy Burkham, who is representing families of those who have battled and lost loved ones to the disease of addiction. Along with her husband Mike, they have worked tirelessly to ensure the availability of Narcan throughout the community with the goal of saving lives.

 

18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive

18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive

WSOY and our community partners are pleased to announce the 18th annual WSOY Community Food Drive on October 4th at Airport Plaza Kroger on Rt. 36 in Decatur.  We have joined together to help stock our local food pantries.  Last year, over 1.52 million pounds of food was collected during our twelve hours of broadcast and this year we hope to exceed that amount!

To enable the WSOY Community Food Drive to help as many food banks as possible, we encourage the community  to give canned non-perishable goods or monetary donations.  By giving non-perishable canned goods, we are able to utilize safe offsite storage to allow the supply to last as long as possible.  Monetary donations, however, go the farthest. Food banks are then able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Foodbank.  Every dime raised goes to the purchase of food. 

Over the past fifteen years, over 10.8 million pounds of food has been collected.

Last year, because of the wonderful generosity of the community, the WSOY Community Food Drive was able to assist Catholic Charities Food Pantry, The Salvation Army Food Pantry, Good Samaritan Inn, Northeast Community Fund, The Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project, Extended Hands/Reasonable Services, Crossing Healthcare Prescription Gardens, The Grayson Basket Project, Big Blue Backpacks, Mt Zion Food Pantry, AMELCA, Helping Hands Food Pantry, Moundford Food Pantry, Gods Shelter of Love, Blue Mound Food Pantry and the Cops and Gobblers Program.

Join Us for the WSOY Community Food Drive

Friday, October 4th, 2019

6am to 6pm

Kroger, Rt 36

Goal: 1.5 Million Pounds

How To Give

  • To find out how to volunteer (groups and business also accepted) , call Debbie Bogle at 422-8537 OR you can sign up using the online portal:

    registertovolunteer

    Every year the food drive has hundreds of great volunteers, but one volunteer is recognized as being outstanding.   The Geoffrey Neuhoff Spirit Award is given to honor and recognize someone that shows exemplary service to the WSOY Community Food Drive.

  • How To Donate Now:

    To enable the WSOY Community Food Drive to help as many food banks as possible, we encourage the community  to give canned non-perishable goods or monetary donations.  By giving non-perishable canned goods, we are able to utilize safe offsite storage to allow the supply to last as long as possible.  Monetary donations, however, go the farthest. Food banks are then able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Foodbank.  Every dime raised goes to the purchase of food. 

    • You can make a donation now ONLINE through the United Way:  

    • Make checks out to: WSOY Community Food Drive – Tax deductible donations and donations to be matched must be made to The United Way (Food Drive in Memo)
    • Mailing address for donations:

    First Mid Bank and Trust

    c/o Community Food Drive

    455 N. Main Street

    Decatur, IL 62523

    • Tax Deductible donations:

    The United Way

    C/O: The WSOY Food Drive

    201 W. Eldorado St. 

    Decatur, IL 62522 

    • Kroger will be selling pre-packaged bags for purchase and donation prior to the WSOY Community Food Drive. Just purchase a bag and leave it at Kroger in the donation bin!

    During The WSOY Community Food Drive on October 4th: 

    • Donate On October 4th By phone: 875-3350 (First Christian Church) – Check pledge, Visa and MasterCard Welcome.  Please let them know if your company offers matching. 
    • Donate on October 4th at Kroger on Rt. 36, Airport Plaza, Mt. Zion. 
    • If your company/or organization is collecting food, you can schedule a pick up on October 4th by calling Debbie Bogle 422-8537

How To Get Involved

  • For questions about getting your school involved, call Pete Vercellino at 520-5098

    To enable the WSOY Community Food Drive to help as many food banks as possible, we encourage the community to give canned non-perishable goods or monetary donations.  By giving non-perishable canned goods, we are able to utilize safe offsite storage to allow the supply to last as long as possible.  Monetary donations, however, go the farthest. Food banks are then able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Food bank.  Every dime raised goes to the purchase of food. 

    Thanks to our community partners, we are able to again offer a substantial financial award to the top five local schools that collect the most canned food or monetary donations for our drive.  Individuals and groups can collect food ahead of time or come out to Kroger that day and donate food or cash in the name of a particular school.  The top five schools that generate the most food in pounds will be awarded a cash prize. Cash donations made by schools are also converted to pounds and count towards the schools total. In this case, cash weighs more than cans!  Anyone can help support their favorite school by donating in the name of the school.  Parents, grandparents, booster clubs, bands, athletic teams and teachers can and will make the difference.  All Macon County Schools grades K-12 are eligible to participate. 

    This year’s cash awards are as follows:

                    1st Place – $2,500

                    2nd Place – $1,500

                    3rd Place – $1,000

                    4th Place – $750

                    5th Place – $500

  • We are asking you to join our community partners: ADM, First Mid Bank and Trust & J.L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds, Skeff Distributing, Jones & Thomas/JTnet, Decatur Back & Neck Center, Tickets N Trips, First Christian Church, Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy & Colee’s Corner Drugs, DynaGraphics/Wood Printing, Kroger,the United Way, Herald & Review, and WAND-TV in getting the word out to your employees and the community at large.

    Please encourage them to be a part of the 18th Annual WSOY Community food Drive – October 7, 2019 from 6AM-6PM at Airport Plaza Kroger on Rt. 36 in Decatur.  There are many ways you can help:

    • Distribute bags to your employees to be filled and dropped off at Kroger on Rt. 36 East during the food drive on October 4th. You can also arrange for donation pick up. Employees can also designate their donations to the school of their choice to help those schools win cash prizes for the most donations raised.
    • You can participate by making a monetary donation. Checks can be made to “WSOY Community Food Drive”. (Tax deductible donations should be made to the United Way c/o WSOY Community Food drive.)
    • If your business has a marquis, show your support by displaying “WSOY Community Food Drive, October 4th, 2018. 6am-6pm Kroger Rt. 36 East”
    • You can also assist us by donating an hourly incentive such as sporting event tickets and gift cards to use as giveaways to encourage giving during our live broadcast.
    • Let us know if your company is doing a special promotion or fundraiser for the food drive so we can share it! You can email details to lindsayromano@neuhoffmedia.com

    To find out how your company can get involved or to request bags to distribute to employees, please call Karin Betzer at First Mid Bank and Trust at 217-877-3344 or by email at kbetzer@jlhubbard.com or karinbetzer@hotmail.com

  • To find out how to Volunteer, call Debbie Bogle at 422-8537 OR you can sign up using the online portal:

    registertovolunteer

    Every year the food drive has hundreds of great volunteers but one volunteer is recognized as being outstanding.   The Geoffrey Neuhoff Spirit Award is given to honor and recognize someone that shows exemplary service to the WSOY Community Food Drive.  

  • For overall questions and media inquires, please contact Lindsay Romano at 217-423-9744 or email Lindsayromano@neuhoffmedia.com.

  • Thank you for your interest in The WSOY Community Food Drive!  We would like to learn more about your organization and how we may be able to work together to fight hunger. All applicants must currently be providing food assistance. 

    The application for funds from the 2019 WSOY Community Food Drive can be downloaded HERE

    The application process is outlined below.

    • Application is reviewed and assessed by The WSOY Food Drive Committee (herein known as Committee) based on information provided.
    • Fund availability from the 2019 WSOY Community Food Drive is not guaranteed.
    • Fund availability is also determined by donations received during the 2019 WSOY Community Food Drive. (Currently scheduled for October 4th. Subject to change) Funds must first be fully processed before distribution can begin.
    • Should a WSOY Community Food Drive grant be awarded, the funds must solely be used for the purchase of food. Funds CAN NOT be used for administrative costs, transportation, delivery, food storage or processing or other programs/services offered by your agency.
    • Should a WSOY Community Food Drive grant be awarded, The WSOY Community Food Drive reserves the right to deposit funds into an account for your use only at the Central Illinois Food Bank in lieu of funds directly to your organization. This will not be negotiable.
    • Prior to grant approval, the Committee may require a scheduled visit to your organization. The site visit is to confirm the program information you’ve provided and to review compliance of the requirements of the WSOY Community Food Drive grant.
    • Fund recipients agree to sign agreement of WSOY Community Food Drive requirements that all funds be used for the purchase of food.

    Please complete the following application in full.  Applications can be emailed to lindsayromano@neuhoffmedia.com or mailed to:

    WSOY Community Food Drive

    250 N. Water St., Suite 100

    Decatur IL, 62523.

Thank you to our community partners!

Decatur Back and Neck Center     First Mid Bank and Trust               

Skeff Distributing                            ADM                                            

Jones and Thomas/ JTNet             JL Hubbard Insurance and Bonds      

First Christian Church                    Dales Southlake Pharmacy

WAND-TV                                      Colee’s Corner Drugs

Herald and Review                        Dynagraphics/ Wood Printing

Tickets and Trips                           Kroger

United Way                                    The Community Foundation                                                                       

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October 2nd, 2019- Area schools are incentivizing students to participate in the WSOY community Food Drive with class competitions and more to see who can raise the most. Our Lady of Lourdes, Holy Family, and Saint Pats have encouraged the kids to bring in donations in exchange for non-uniform days. And for the students and Faculty at Saint Teresa everything is…Continue Reading

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18th Annual WSOY Food Drive Announced

September 5, 2019– The 18th Annual WSOY Community Food Drive to help stock local food pantries will be held on Friday, October 4th at the Airport Plaza Kroger grocery store in Decatur (more details). Details of the event were announced Thursday morning during a news conference at St Pats School. Last year, the drive collected…Continue Reading

WSOY and our community partners are pleased to announce the 18th annual WSOY Community Food Drive on October 4th at Airport Plaza Kroger on Rt. 36 in Decatur.  We have joined together to help stock our local food pantries.  Last year, over 1.52 million pounds of food was collected during our twelve hours of broadcast and this year we hope to exceed that amount!

To enable the WSOY Community Food Drive to help as many food banks as possible, we encourage the community  to give canned non-perishable goods or monetary donations.  By giving non-perishable canned goods, we are able to utilize safe offsite storage to allow the supply to last as long as possible.  Monetary donations, however, go the farthest. Food banks are then able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Foodbank.  Every dime raised goes to the purchase of food. 

Over the past fifteen years, over 10.8 million pounds of food has been collected.

Last year, because of the wonderful generosity of the community, the WSOY Community Food Drive was able to assist Catholic Charities Food Pantry, The Salvation Army Food Pantry, Good Samaritan Inn, Northeast Community Fund, The Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project, Extended Hands/Reasonable Services, Crossing Healthcare Prescription Gardens, The Grayson Basket Project, Big Blue Backpacks, Mt Zion Food Pantry, AMELCA, Helping Hands Food Pantry, Moundford Food Pantry, Gods Shelter of Love, Blue Mound Food Pantry and the Cops and Gobblers Program.

Join Us for the WSOY Community Food Drive

Friday, October 4th, 2019

6am to 6pm

Kroger, Rt 36

Goal: 1.5 Million Pounds

How To Give

  • To find out how to volunteer (groups and business also accepted) , call Debbie Bogle at 422-8537 OR you can sign up using the online portal:

    registertovolunteer

    Every year the food drive has hundreds of great volunteers, but one volunteer is recognized as being outstanding.   The Geoffrey Neuhoff Spirit Award is given to honor and recognize someone that shows exemplary service to the WSOY Community Food Drive.

  • How To Donate Now:

    To enable the WSOY Community Food Drive to help as many food banks as possible, we encourage the community  to give canned non-perishable goods or monetary donations.  By giving non-perishable canned goods, we are able to utilize safe offsite storage to allow the supply to last as long as possible.  Monetary donations, however, go the farthest. Food banks are then able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Foodbank.  Every dime raised goes to the purchase of food. 

    • You can make a donation now ONLINE through the United Way:  

    • Make checks out to: WSOY Community Food Drive – Tax deductible donations and donations to be matched must be made to The United Way (Food Drive in Memo)
    • Mailing address for donations:

    First Mid Bank and Trust

    c/o Community Food Drive

    455 N. Main Street

    Decatur, IL 62523

    • Tax Deductible donations:

    The United Way

    C/O: The WSOY Food Drive

    201 W. Eldorado St. 

    Decatur, IL 62522 

    • Kroger will be selling pre-packaged bags for purchase and donation prior to the WSOY Community Food Drive. Just purchase a bag and leave it at Kroger in the donation bin!

    During The WSOY Community Food Drive on October 4th: 

    • Donate On October 4th By phone: 875-3350 (First Christian Church) – Check pledge, Visa and MasterCard Welcome.  Please let them know if your company offers matching. 
    • Donate on October 4th at Kroger on Rt. 36, Airport Plaza, Mt. Zion. 
    • If your company/or organization is collecting food, you can schedule a pick up on October 4th by calling Debbie Bogle 422-8537

How To Get Involved

  • For questions about getting your school involved, call Pete Vercellino at 520-5098

    To enable the WSOY Community Food Drive to help as many food banks as possible, we encourage the community to give canned non-perishable goods or monetary donations.  By giving non-perishable canned goods, we are able to utilize safe offsite storage to allow the supply to last as long as possible.  Monetary donations, however, go the farthest. Food banks are then able to purchase goods on an as needed basis and at a tremendous discount through the Central Illinois Food bank.  Every dime raised goes to the purchase of food. 

    Thanks to our community partners, we are able to again offer a substantial financial award to the top five local schools that collect the most canned food or monetary donations for our drive.  Individuals and groups can collect food ahead of time or come out to Kroger that day and donate food or cash in the name of a particular school.  The top five schools that generate the most food in pounds will be awarded a cash prize. Cash donations made by schools are also converted to pounds and count towards the schools total. In this case, cash weighs more than cans!  Anyone can help support their favorite school by donating in the name of the school.  Parents, grandparents, booster clubs, bands, athletic teams and teachers can and will make the difference.  All Macon County Schools grades K-12 are eligible to participate. 

    This year’s cash awards are as follows:

                    1st Place – $2,500

                    2nd Place – $1,500

                    3rd Place – $1,000

                    4th Place – $750

                    5th Place – $500

  • We are asking you to join our community partners: ADM, First Mid Bank and Trust & J.L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds, Skeff Distributing, Jones & Thomas/JTnet, Decatur Back & Neck Center, Tickets N Trips, First Christian Church, Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy & Colee’s Corner Drugs, DynaGraphics/Wood Printing, Kroger,the United Way, Herald & Review, and WAND-TV in getting the word out to your employees and the community at large.

    Please encourage them to be a part of the 18th Annual WSOY Community food Drive – October 7, 2019 from 6AM-6PM at Airport Plaza Kroger on Rt. 36 in Decatur.  There are many ways you can help:

    • Distribute bags to your employees to be filled and dropped off at Kroger on Rt. 36 East during the food drive on October 4th. You can also arrange for donation pick up. Employees can also designate their donations to the school of their choice to help those schools win cash prizes for the most donations raised.
    • You can participate by making a monetary donation. Checks can be made to “WSOY Community Food Drive”. (Tax deductible donations should be made to the United Way c/o WSOY Community Food drive.)
    • If your business has a marquis, show your support by displaying “WSOY Community Food Drive, October 4th, 2018. 6am-6pm Kroger Rt. 36 East”
    • You can also assist us by donating an hourly incentive such as sporting event tickets and gift cards to use as giveaways to encourage giving during our live broadcast.
    • Let us know if your company is doing a special promotion or fundraiser for the food drive so we can share it! You can email details to lindsayromano@neuhoffmedia.com

    To find out how your company can get involved or to request bags to distribute to employees, please call Karin Betzer at First Mid Bank and Trust at 217-877-3344 or by email at kbetzer@jlhubbard.com or karinbetzer@hotmail.com

  • To find out how to Volunteer, call Debbie Bogle at 422-8537 OR you can sign up using the online portal:

    registertovolunteer

    Every year the food drive has hundreds of great volunteers but one volunteer is recognized as being outstanding.   The Geoffrey Neuhoff Spirit Award is given to honor and recognize someone that shows exemplary service to the WSOY Community Food Drive.  

  • For overall questions and media inquires, please contact Lindsay Romano at 217-423-9744 or email Lindsayromano@neuhoffmedia.com.

  • Thank you for your interest in The WSOY Community Food Drive!  We would like to learn more about your organization and how we may be able to work together to fight hunger. All applicants must currently be providing food assistance. 

    The application for funds from the 2019 WSOY Community Food Drive can be downloaded HERE

    The application process is outlined below.

    • Application is reviewed and assessed by The WSOY Food Drive Committee (herein known as Committee) based on information provided.
    • Fund availability from the 2019 WSOY Community Food Drive is not guaranteed.
    • Fund availability is also determined by donations received during the 2019 WSOY Community Food Drive. (Currently scheduled for October 4th. Subject to change) Funds must first be fully processed before distribution can begin.
    • Should a WSOY Community Food Drive grant be awarded, the funds must solely be used for the purchase of food. Funds CAN NOT be used for administrative costs, transportation, delivery, food storage or processing or other programs/services offered by your agency.
    • Should a WSOY Community Food Drive grant be awarded, The WSOY Community Food Drive reserves the right to deposit funds into an account for your use only at the Central Illinois Food Bank in lieu of funds directly to your organization. This will not be negotiable.
    • Prior to grant approval, the Committee may require a scheduled visit to your organization. The site visit is to confirm the program information you’ve provided and to review compliance of the requirements of the WSOY Community Food Drive grant.
    • Fund recipients agree to sign agreement of WSOY Community Food Drive requirements that all funds be used for the purchase of food.

    Please complete the following application in full.  Applications can be emailed to lindsayromano@neuhoffmedia.com or mailed to:

    WSOY Community Food Drive

    250 N. Water St., Suite 100

    Decatur IL, 62523.

Thank you to our community partners!

Decatur Back and Neck Center     First Mid Bank and Trust               

Skeff Distributing                            ADM                                            

Jones and Thomas/ JTNet             JL Hubbard Insurance and Bonds      

First Christian Church                    Dales Southlake Pharmacy

WAND-TV                                      Colee’s Corner Drugs

Herald and Review                        Dynagraphics/ Wood Printing

Tickets and Trips                           Kroger

United Way                                    The Community Foundation                                                                       

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