Festival to benefit Catholic schools
BLOOMINGTON — The sixth annual Bloomington-Normal Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival will be 6 to 9 p.m. June 20. Proceeds benefit all Twin City Catholic schools.
The event, sponsored by Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, will be at Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Bloomington.
More than 15 Central Illinois wineries, restaurants, grocers, caterers, purveyors and retailers will offer treats.
Tickets are $20 and available at Corpus Christi Catholic School, Epiphany Catholic School, St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School, Central Catholic High School and Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home. Attendees must be 21 or older and show proper ID for admittance.
The evening includes cash bars, live music and prize giveaways.
For information, call 309-827-7699.
Keisers, Bruno honored for work
BLOOMINGTON — The David and Bob Keiser families and Nicole Bruno have received the Presidential Service Center Distinguished Service Award, which will be presented Friday at the McLean County Republicans’ Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner.
The Keiser families founded and serve Midwest Food Bank. Bruno, a Normal Police Department detective, works with Special Olympics, PATH and Policeman’s Benevolent Association.
Also honored are Eileen Sronce, Home Sweet Home Ministries; David Osnowitz, Easterseals; Dennis Steele, Western Avenue Community Center; Linette Brown and Debbie Leighton, Advocate Health Hospice; Dele and Terry Ogunleye, Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington and other community service; and Liz Freeland, Court Appointed Special Advocate.
White House Executive Chef Martin Mongiello is guest speaker. Tickets are at www.McLeanCountyRepublicans.org.
Mount Pulaski earns federal award
MOUNT PULASKI — Mount Pulaski will participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative that helps communities reinvest in existing neighborhoods and improve quality of life as they develop their local food economy.
The Vinegar Hill Market project is designed to create a healthy community and a vibrant economic base.
Nominations taken for beautification awards
BLOOMINGTON — Nominations are being accepted by the Citizens’ Beautification Committee of Bloomington for the annual Beautification Awards.
The program recognizes residential and nonresidential property owners within the city of Bloomington.
Forms, at www.cityblm.org, will be taken through June 30.
Beard contest to benefit PATH
NORMAL — Anderson's Classic Barbershop, 119 E. Beaufort St., Normal, is raising awareness of mental health while having fun.
Barbershop owner Noah Anderson wanted to help a nonprofit during May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, and chose PATH, whose services include a 24/7 crisis information and referral hotline.
Four buckets in the shop show photos of four beard styles: goatee, mutton chop, mustache and clean shave. Anyone is invited into the shop during business hours to drop money in one of the buckets. At the end of the month, Anderson and barber Griffin Rutledge will have their beards cut into the style with the most money.
All money will go to PATH to help the organization purchase headsets for its phone room volunteers.
GFPD fundraiser set Thursday
NORMAL — The fourth annual Tee it Up for the GFPD (Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders) fundraiser — in honor of Max Chapman, a Bloomington-Normal child who suffers from the rare, genetic condition — will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Illinois State University Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal.
The event will include a reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.teeitup4gfpd.com.
A golf scramble on Friday at Weibring Golf Club is sold out.