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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

12/4

  • Downtown Decatur Christmas Walk- 5PM – 8PM – Downtown Decatur – Join the downtown merchants and restaurants for the much anticipated, annual Christmas Walk! Twinkling Christmas lights fill the sky, and carolers fill the sidewalks. #ShopLocal and visit your favorite shops and eateries for exclusive night-of deals, refreshments and holiday cheer.
  • Neuhoff Media Decatur Holiday Open House – 5PM – 7PM – Join Neuhoff Media for hors devours, live music and tours of the studios during our annual holiday open house! 5pm-8pm 250 N Water St. Suite 100 in Downtown Decatur.
  • Ornament Bar Pop Up – 5 PM – 8 PM  – The District Shoppe – This District is proud to bring you an Ornament Bar Pop Up, where you can create and take your design. Katie Wright will be there to help you personalize your ornaments with hand lettering as well as other items to help customize your ornament! $5 per ornament. CLICK HERE for details.
  • Songs, Craft, and Santa – 4:30 PM – 6 PM  – Decatur Public Library – Bring the family to the Children’s Section and enjoy the Millikin Children’s Choir at 4:30 pm, followed by a specially written library carol, a craft, and a visit from SANTA! CLICK HERE for details.
  • Christmas Walk at the Holiday Gift Shop – 5 PM – 8 PM  – Decatur Area Arts Council  – Join the DAAC for a festive evening! Shop for unique gifts, all handmade art and fine crafts by more than 50 area artisans. Enjoy live holiday music, yummy baked treats and punch. CLICK HERE for details.

12/5

  • One Light to Remember – 5PM – 7pm – Decatur Memorial Hospital  – Through DMH’s One Light to Remember program, you can designate a light to shine at the hospital throughout the holiday season in remembrance or in honor of your loved one(s). For each $10 donation, a light will shine at the hospital entrance. Proceeds support hospital missions. For more information, call 217-876-2105.   
  • HSHS St. Marys Hospital Starlighting Ceremony– 6:30PM – Lobby HSHS St Marys Hospital – Celebrate the lighting of the Christmas Star atop HSHS St. Mary’s hospital.  Each light in the star is in memory or in honor of a loved one.  To purchase a light or for more details, CLICK HERE.

12/6

  • Public Ice Skating – Decatur Civic Center – CLICK HERE for details. 
  •  Polar Express Movie Night – 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM  – Grace Baptist Church of Decatur, IL – Free family movie night!  Offering popcorn, crafts, cookie decorating, photo opportunity, kids in pj’s and a meal for the entire family to enjoy, all for free. Doors open at 4:30 with movie starting at 5 pm.  CLICK HERE for details.
  • 95Q Secret Santa Concert – 7 PM – Decatur Civic Center  – Tickets $20, Portion of ticket sales go to Salvation Army Tree. CLICK HERE for details.  
  • Richland Presents The Nutcracker: A New Stage and Dance Adaptation 7pm- Shilling Auditorium – It’s a holiday tradition – Richland Dance presents the 24th annual production of The Nutcracker. Advance purchase of tickets is requested to ensure seating. Reserved seating tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (217) 875-7211, ext. 6170. For additional information, please contact the Special Events office at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6170.

12/7

  • Public Ice Skating – Decatur Civic Center – CLICK HERE for details. 
  • Vespers – 2PM and 7:30PM – Kirkland Fine Arts Center – Vespers is one of Millikin’s most popular events, signaling the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs, and candlelight. Over 250 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast. Songs from past centuries combined with familiar carols and arrangements create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family. CLICK HERE for details. 
  • Lions Club Christmas Parade – 6:10 PM – 6:30 PM – Mt. Zion Recreation/Fletcher Park –  CLICK HERE for details.
  • Christmas Caroling at the Art Farm – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – The ArtFarm Decatur – For absolutely no reason except to spread cheer, The ArtFarm will host what we hope will be a MASSIVE group of carolers gathering out front on N. Park Street before the annual Christmas parade, which begins at 5. We will provide sheet music for 8 old-fashioned standards and encourage musicians to come and accompany our voices! CLICK HERE for details. 
  • 2019 Baum Holiday Bazaar – 9 AM – 2 PM  – Baum Elementary School – Start or finish your Christmas Shopping. Over 75 vendors in one spot. Food and cookie walk available for purchase. Free admission. CLICK HERE for details. 
  • The Decatur Christmas Parade Presented by Earthmover Credit Union- 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Downtown Decatur – Start your holiday season with the 2019 Decatur Christmas Parade! Join us in Downtown Decatur on Saturday, December 7th for a Decatur holiday staple filled with fun floats, great music, local celebrities, delicious candy, and more. The parade starts at 4:30 pm. All proceeds benefit DECU’s Charity of the Year MRI. CLICK HERE for details.  You can also listen to the parade LIVE on WSOY1340AM, 103.3FM or streaming online at NowDecatur.com.  Broadcast presented by Bob Brady Auto Group. 
  • Heavenly Holidays Bazaar – 7 AM – 2 PM – Mt Calvary Lutheran Church – Annual Christmas bazaar complete with a cookie walk, baked good, loads of craft vendors, as well as a luncheon. Come and do your holiday shopping as well as load up on treats to save you time in the kitchen! CLICK HERE for details. 
  • Richland Presents The Nutcracker: A New Stage and Dance Adaptation 7pm- Shilling Auditorium – It’s a holiday tradition – Richland Dance presents the 24th annual production of The Nutcracker. Advance purchase of tickets is requested to ensure seating. Reserved seating tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (217) 875-7211, ext. 6170. For additional information, please contact the Special Events office at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6170.
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12/8

  • Public Ice Skating – Decatur Civic Center – CLICK HERE for details. 
  • Vespers – 2PM and 7:30PM – Kirkland Fine Arts Center – Vespers is one of Millikin’s most popular events, signaling the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs, and candlelight. Over 250 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast. Songs from past centuries combined with familiar carols and arrangements create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family. CLICK HERE for details. WSOY will be broadcasting the 7pm edition of Vespers online at NowDecatur.com, presented by Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois. 
  • Christmas Open House and Sweet Treats Bakery – 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM – James Millikin Homestead – Visit the James Millikin Homestead  for the annual Christmas Open House. Stop by any time between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to enjoy home baked cookies, mulled cider and the Homestead’s festive holiday décor.  Keeping with tradition, the Sweet Treats Bakery will be open for business in the South Parlor, too. Cookie trays, breads, candies, cakes and other delectable goodies will be available for purchase during the Open House hours.  This event is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE for details. 
  • Christmas Tea at Oglesby Mansion – 1PM- 4PM – Stop by the Governor Oglesby Mansion to enjoy a traditional Christmas afternoon tea. Experience this historic Victorian home all decked out for the holidays. $2 Per Person. For more info, call 963-1960.
  • Santa Shuffle – 3:30PM –4PM  – Decatur Indoor Sports Center – Santa returns to the DISC! Kids will run on the indoor track, play games, and jump on the inflatable (ages 4 & up for inflatable)! All participants will receive a medal, cookie, and photo with Santa. Please check in 10 minutes prior to your child’s start time. Inflatable, scooters & basketball will be available until 6 p.m.  CLICK HERE for details.
  • Richland Presents The Nutcracker: A New Stage and Dance Adaptation 2:30pm- Shilling Auditorium – It’s a holiday tradition – Richland Dance presents the 24th annual production of The Nutcracker. Advance purchase of tickets is requested to ensure seating. Reserved seating tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (217) 875-7211, ext. 6170. For additional information, please contact the Special Events office at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6170.

 

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

Be a part of the Decatur Christmas Parade! The Parade will take place Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm in downtown Decatur!  It had traditionally been held the Saturday before Thanksgiving by the Jaycees. This year the parade is being coordinated by Earthmover Credit Union!

Listen in as Neuhoff Media broadcasts LIVE from inside the parade, courtesy of Bob Brady Auto Group!  Listen live at WSOY 1340AM/ 103.3FM or streaming online at NowDecatur.com

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!

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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                                                                       

WSOY Food Drive 2019

WATCH: WSOY Community Food Drive 2019

October 6th, 2019- The 18th Annual WSOY community Food Drive smashed it’s goal Friday, raising 1.69 Million pounds of food in 12 hours.  The goal of 1.5 million pounds was reached in large part due to a campaign to educate the public that “cash weighs more”.  Agencies that benefit from the WSOY Community Food Drive will be able to purchase food from the Central…Continue Reading

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Local Schools Preparing for WSOY Community Food Drive

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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Fork Lift Drivers Wanted For Food Drive

September 26, 2019 – The WSOY Community Food Drive is in need of certified Forklift Drivers.  The Food Drive has grown dramatically over the last 17 years.  In the beginning, many of the food donations were loaded on to trucks by hand. . bag by bag and box by box.  Now the food drive utilizes a more efficient method of pallets…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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