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Please check the Walk to End Alzheimer's page to see complete list of Special Events supporting community walks

The following upcoming events benefit the Alzheimer's Association-Central Illinois Chapter


Great Duck Race on the Rock River To Benefit Alzheimer's Association

Buy your tickets for the sixth annual Alzheimer's Great Duck Race on the Rock River and depending on your squeaky pals speed, you could win up to $1,000 cash!

The Great Duck Race will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Heritage Riverfront Plaza in Dixon. Tickets can be purchased at the Alzheimer's Association Rock River Branch, 93 S. Hennepin Ave. Dixon, or by calling the office toll free at 800-272-3900. Tickets are available for purchase at Ace Hardware, 800 N. Galena Road; Dixon Ford, Lincoln, Volkswagon, Mazda, 489 Illinois Rt. 2; Heartland Reality, 1254 N. Galena Ave.; Napa Auto Parts, 713 N. Galena Ave. - all in Dixon.

Ticket prices start at $5 for a pair of ducks. A family of 12 ducks is $25, and a flock of 50 ducks sells for $100.

The owner of the first place duck wins $1,000. Second place wins $250 and third place nets you $100. The last place "lazy duck" earns $50. In case of inclement weather, the drawing will be held at the Rock River Branch.



Garage Sale to Benefit Programs and Servicese for Families

Are you helping a college graduate furnish an apartment or perhaps a new college student essential household items for their dorm room? On Saturday, August 9 from 7 a.m to 1 p.m. the Central Illinois Chapter offices will host a garage sale. All monetary donations from the event will be used to fund educational programs and support services for people living with Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers. In Illinois, there are approximately 210,000 people living with Alzheimer's and 600,000 caregivers. You can support the Alzheimer's Association by either donating any unwanted household goods to the garage sale. Those donations should be delivered to the Chapter offices by 4 p.m., Thursday, August 7. You can make a purchase at the sale starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 9.

Win a Side of Beef from Pottstown Meat an Deli

A lucky area resident’s freezer will soon be filled with a side of beef from Pottstown Meat and Deli as the winner of the The Alzheimer's Association® – Central Illinois Chapter Beef Raffle. Raffle tickets sell for $20 each or 3 for $50. The tickets can be purchased through November at the Chapter office, 606 W. Glen Ave., or from Pottstown Meat and Deli located at the Metro Center, 4700 N. University St. The winner will have the option of the beef or a gift card for the amount of the beef value.

The drawing will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, at Pottstown Meat and Deli. You need not be present to win.

Proceeds from the raffle will fund the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the Association’s signature disease awareness and fundraising event taking place in eight different Central Illinois communities throughout September and October. 

Host an Event …To Benefit the Cause

Get your friends, family and co-workers together to fight Alzheimer’s disease by hosting a fundraising and awareness event. Hosting an event allows you to express your creativity and passion for the cause in a way that relates to your personal interests.

Some ideas to consider:

  • A progressive dinner. Ask your neighbors to participate in a dining experience that takes them from home to home to enjoy a different course at each location. Sell tickets to benefit the cause.
  • A tennis or golf tournament. Ask a local athletic club to donate space and resources. Charge an entry fee for participants and fans. Turn it into a team event to raise additional funds.
  • A party or celebration. If you host an annual event around a holiday or occasion, consider giving your gathering a charitable twist. You already have the guests – now turn it into a fundraiser for the fight against Alzheimer’s.
  • A wedding or anniversary. A donation to the Association is a great way to recognize an important milestone. Instead of gifts, ask for donations. Instead of favors, make a gift in your guests’ honor.

For more information, contact Development Director Jamie Messmore at or at 309.681.1100.


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