Be the Match

Sunday, May 3rd 2015 - 12:00 am



Springfield Resident Needs Support to Survive Leukemia Community encouraged to join Be The Match Registry®

Sunday, May 3rd 2015 - 12:00 am



WHAT: On Sunday, May 3rd, friends of the Watts family are hosting a donor registry drive to raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donors, and to perhaps find a matching donor for 65-year-old Jim Watts and many other patients like him. Watts has been a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp, a police officer for 15 years, the Chief of Operations for Illinois Emergency Management and the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall. He has spent the majority of his life helping people whom he did not know, passionately providing them the help they needed. He is now in need of help. Through this experience, he has become aware of other people in this same situation, including children. He wants you to know about them, too. What follows are just a few stories of real people who could use the community’s help.


Springfield and surrounding area residents ages 18-44 can take the first step to save a life by joining the Be The Match Registry between 1 PM and 4 PM on Sunday, May 3rd at The Firefighters Postal Lake Club using a simple cheek swab.


Patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity, and doctors request donors in the 18-44 age group more than 90 percent of the time. More young people of diverse racial and ethnic heritage are needed now to help patients searching for a match.


Be The Match® relies on financial contributions to help cover the $100 cost associated with adding each new member to the registry. Those joining are asked to please give what they can. People between the ages of 45 and 60 who want to join the registry are welcome to do so online with a $100 tax-deductible payment.


WHEN: Sunday, May 3rd 1 PM – 4 PM WHERE: Firefighters Postal Lake Club 940 W Lake Shore DR Springfield, IL 62712



* Colleen Reardon, Manager of Donor Services, Iowa Marrow Donor Program, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, a donor center for Be The Match; and a family member, Nicole Watts, can talk about the need for more people to get involved by joining the Be The Match Registry, making financial contributions and volunteering

* The event is being organized by the Watts family

* Community residents swabbing their cheeks to join the Be The Match Registry as potential bone marrow donors


About Be The Match

For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.


MEDIA CONTACT: Colleen Reardon, Phone: 319-356-7515 Cell: 319-430-1189, E-mail: Nicole Watts, Phone: 217-891-3458; E-mail:



Monday, May 4th 2015 - 6:00 pm

Join SCHEELS in making a ONE IF A KIND craft to give your mom on Mother’s Day! Register to win a great prize! All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel.



Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 12:00 am


TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



CONTACT: Rose at 217-529-1182

On Saturday, May 9th 2015, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will be hosting their 5th Annual Spring Fling plant sale to ring in the start of the spring season. Annuals, hanging baskets, vegetables & herbs will be for sale just in time to start your planting season.

The Route 66 Cruisers will be having a cruise-in. A craft and vendor fair with approximately 20 vendors will be held along with the plant sale. All vendors prices $20 and under. Kid’s activities include Jelly Bean & Kup Kake clowns and One Stop Kids Shop with sand art & tattoos. Food & drinks will be available for purchase. For more information call Rose at 217-529-1182. Proceeds benefit Central Illinois Disabled American Veterans.



Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 12:00 am

Admission is free at the Henson Robinson Zoo, for Dr. Dolittle Day on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The day will be kicked off by a performance by the Springfield Theatre Centre with selections from Dr. Dolittle, Jr.: The Musical at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a giveaway of soda pop while supplies last.

The zoo will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Dr. Dolittle Day and will offer a variety of bird activities and programs including live bird shows. The zoo’s very popular turtle races will also be held throughout the day. Vendors will also be in attendance including face painting, snow cones, sand art and food. Visitors can also ride the zoo’s trackless train, the HRZ Express, for $2.

The Henson Robinson Zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield and may be reached at (217)585-1821.


Crystal’s Army 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 12:00 am



Mother’s Day Remembrance Service

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 10:00 am

Mother’s Day Remembrance Service

Date:  Saturday, May 9, 2015

Time:  10:00 AM


Roselawn Memorial Park

1735 S. Camp Butler Rd.

Springfield, IL  62707


Phone: (217) 525-1661


Cost: Free


Mother’s Day is a special day that we pay

tribute to our mothers, grandmothers, wives,

children or other loved ones that have touched our

hearts and lives.


We would like to invite you and your family to join us

for a memorial tribute service on Saturday, May 9,

2015 at 10:00 a.m. honoring all mothers and the

important roles they have played in our lives. The brief

ceremony will be led by our on-staff Certified

Celebrant, Judy Woerner, and a special tribute

keepsake will be given in honor of your loved one.

We sincerely hope that you and your family can join us

for this tender reflection on the importance of these

special women we have lost, but will never forget.

For more information, please call the Roselawn

Administrative Office at (217) 525-1661.


Safe Family Saturday at SCHEELS Saturday, May 9, 2015 10AM-1PM

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

* FREE Kids Bike Helmets for the first 500 kids!

* FREE lunch for the first 750 people.

* Safe, secure Strider Adventure Zone for the little ones.

* Register to win a $500 SCHEELS gift card and His/Hers Strider bikes

* Lots of games and fun for the WHOLE FAMILY!!

Meet & Greet with MOWA Sprint Car driver, Justin Standridge.


Sixth Annual St. Jude Golf 4 a Cure

Monday, May 11th 2015 - 12:00 am

MONDAY – MAY 11, 2015

Edgewood Golf Course

Auburn, Illinois


8:00 am Shotgun Start (Rain or Shine)

$65 per Golfer

-18 Holes

-Golf Cart Provided

-Continental Breakfast and Buffet Luncheon

-Drawings, Prizes, and Auction (must be present to win)

-3 Beverage Tickets

All net proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital – Midwest Affiliate

For more details, to sponsor a hole, or to sign up for a fun day of Golf for a good cause – Call: Crystal at 217-494-1529 or Mel at 217-725-6100

To register your check made payable to:

“Bergner’s – St. Jude Golf Outing” must be received by Friday, May 1, 2015. Include your team/name on the check

Mail to: Bergner’s -White Oaks Mall

Attn: Golf Outing/Crystal

2501 W. Wabash

Springfield, IL 62704


Northside Children’s Community Library Quarter Auction

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 - 12:00 am

The Northside Children’s Community Library is having a fund-raising Quarter Auction on May 12, 6:30pm, at the Grandview Municipal Building, 1620 N. Milton Avenue, Grandview.

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