5K Fun Run scheduled to raise money for RLC Foundation, honor fallen classmates

INA, Ill. (July 25, 2013) – Members of the Benton Consolidated High School (BCHS) Class of 1993 are looking to get together, have fun and raise money for scholarships for future students, and what better way than to partner with the Rend Lake College Foundation to host a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kid’s Run.

The event is scheduled to begin with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at RLC’s Hitting Zone at the Ina campus. The race itself will start at 9 a.m. and will be timed for those looking to beat their own records.

Cindy Ward, one of the event organizers and member of the Class of 1993, said that the Fun Run is open to everyone, from walkers to runners of all ages, and even those with strollers. There will also be a one-mile kid’s run following the 5K at 10 a.m. for children ages 12 and younger.

“We were getting ready for our 20-year class reunion and we were thinking about what we wanted to do,” said Ward. “Right now, there are so many people active in 5Ks, so we thought, why don’t we do something fun like that? All of the money raised will honor three of our classmates who have passed away.”

Of the three fallen classmates – Josh Odom, Ann Parker and Tammy Shockley – two had attended RLC, and Ward said putting together scholarships to honor the classmates would be a great way to remember them.

“The money we raise will be used as scholarship money for three 2014 BCHS grads who will attend RLC in the fall of 2014,” added Ward.

To register for the Fun Run, log on to www.runningintheusa.com and search for the event by date, location or name. Fees for the race will be accepted online as well. Registration also will be held the morning of the event, starting at 8 a.m.

The registration fees include an event T-shirt, costing $20 before Sept. 21. Those who wait to register after Sept. 21 are not guaranteed a T-shirt for their $25 payment. Shirts will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the event.

T-shirts also are available for the Kid’s Run registration, costing $10 before Sept. 21 and $15 afterward and on race day. Checks can be made payable to the BCHS Class of ’93 Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Several sponsorship opportunities also are available for those who want to help. The four levels of sponsorship – Gold, Silver, Bronze and In Kind – are all welcome and should be made by Sept. 1.

“We have a financial goal that we want to hit, and we definitely want to continue our partnership with the Foundation. Plus, it’s a fun thing for us to do together,” said Ward.

For more information about the BCHS Class of 1993 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kid’s Run, visit online at www.runningintheusa.com or check out the BCHS Class of ’93 Memorial Scholarship Fun Run Facebook Page.

Rustle Hill Winery Event to benefit Fowler-Bonan Foundation

COBDEN, IL. Rustle Hill Winery and the Fowler-Bonan Foundation are teaming up for an outdoor evening of fun featuring Yesteryear Tobacconists and music by the Bone Dry River Band and Friends, from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday May 9.

fb logo“Cigars and Guitars under the Stars”, a brainchild of Rustle Hills events coordinator Teri Hammond, is one of two fundraisers for the Fowler-Bonan Foundation “Clothes for Kids” planned at the winery this year.

There is no charge to attend the event. Fowler Bonan “Clothes for Kids” representatives, including co-founders Dale Fowler and Bill Bonan, will be on hand with foundation literature, and donations to the program will be accepted.

Yesteryear Tobacconists, located on the strip in Carbondale, will be on hand. They feature pipes and pipe tobaccos, over 325 handmade cigars, imported cigarettes and hand-rolling cigarette tobaccos.

“Rustle Hill Winery is a strong supporter of the foundation, and in fact I recently joined their board of directors,” Hammond said. “I know firsthand how they help children in need. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this event.”

Drink specials will be offered, and the Rustle Hill kitchen will be open.


“We are very grateful to Rustle Hill for their steadfast support of our “Clothes for Kids” program,” Fowler-Bonan Foundation board chairman Dale Fowler said. ‘We encourage everyone to come out on May 9 and enjoy the evening.”


The Winery also announced that its 4rd annual “Pick of the Vine” event of would be held on Sunday September 22, with proceeds of that event also going to the Fowler-Bonan Foundation.


Rustle Hill Winery is located at 8595 US Highway 51 N in Cobden (eight miles south of Carbondale and eight miles north of Anna). Visit www.RustleHillWinery.com or call 618-893-2700 for more information.


The Fowler-Bonan Foundation provides new clothing and shoes for underprivileged school children, and annually assists hundreds of children in eleven southern Illinois counties. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, thus donations to the foundation are tax-deductible. The foundation’s phone number is 618-231-3904, and its mailing address is PO Box 848 in Harrisburg. They can be found on the web at www.FowlerBonanFoundation.com or on Facebook.




For More Information About this Press Release Please Contact:

Kerry G. Camp, Executive Director, Fowler – Bonan Board of Directors

Phone: 618-841-8482 Kerry.Camp@yahoo.com

John A. Logan angel tree helps 300 area children

JALC Student Senate member Ty Nance of Carterville and Adrienne Barkley Giffin, Director of Student Activities and Cultural Events, showcase donated Christmas presents that are to be distributed to 166 children in Southern Illinois thanks to the generosity of Logan students, employees and the general public. (Logan Media Services photo)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN, Logan Media Services

Another Angel Tree project coordinated by the Student Senate at John A. Logan College is in the books. And thanks to the generosity of students, college employees and the general public, 300 children in Southern Illinois enjoyed a brighter Christmas.

Adrienne Barkley Giffin, Director of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan, said representatives with the Neighbor to Neighbor and Adolescent Health Center agencies in Williamson and Jackson counties collected the donated gifts for 166 children.

Barkley and Student Senate members then spent $4,800 in donated cash to purchase gifts for another 134 children in the region for a total of 300 children served.

“That comes out to about $36 per child,” Barkley Giffin said. “Of course, we’d always like to do more, but every little bit helps.”

Barkley Giffin said the project touches lives in ways more than one can imagine.

“Just last week, we had a Logan student and three of her best friends, who are attending other colleges, decide they would pool their money, and instead of spending it on each other for gifts, would adopt a little girl from the Angel Tree and got everything on her list. They then bought the gifts together and wrapped them together. That was really sweet.”

Barkley Giffin said students have bills to pay, including tuition, books and fees, yet still think of others who are less fortunate.

“Even during Finals Week…to take the time to participate in Angel Tree..is special.”

There was another instance of a woman who recently attended the Holiday Hop musical on campus and picked a child’s name from the Angel Tree.

“She said the Angel Tree is a blessing to her because she and her husband lost their daughter last spring and this was a way for them to take the time and money they were going to spend on their daughter for Christmas and apply it to this other child. It helps them deal with their grief during this holiday season.”

Barkley Giffin said some JALC employees help teach their own children about the joy of giving through projects like Angel Tree.

“It’s a way of teaching young people about a need in the communities in which they live,” she said. “It’s really amazing the response their children have, too. I know of one child who saved all of her allowance money throughout the year to spend on another child. Children are very generous. And so are our Logan employees. A lot of people have stopped me in the hall the last few weeks and asked me how they can help. It’s something fun for them to do. I also want to stress that this project is not just about the gifts. It’s about letting these kids know that they are worthwhile and are cared about.”

Zeigler Fire Department fundraiser Saturday


One of this area’s most efficient volunteer fire departments wants to grow. So, Saturday night they are having a fundraiser to help fund an addition to their current home.

Chief David Greer’s department is hosting a Raise the Roof event Saturday night at Zeigler Eagles Lodge. The event is planned to raise money so that an addition can be built to the current fire station at Zeigler City Hall.

The department needs more room for their emergency vehicles and seeks to raise the money themselves, with community help.

“We literally have equipment stacked up and in the loft,” said Lt. Kathie Flowers. One emergency vehicle sits out in the elements.

Saturday night’s event begins with a BBQ dinner served from 6 to 8 p.m. Music by Shakey Jake begins at 8 p.m. There will also be a silent auction as well that night.
Tickets are $15 per person and will be available at the door.
This is the first of a series of fundraising events for the new construction desired. A Raise the Roof Concert Series is also planned.

Hilltoppers 4-H Club plans community service project in W.F.

The Hilltoppers 4-H Club will be serving the community this weekend by ringing the Salvation Army Bell at the West Frankfort K-mart store.

The kids in the club will also be singing Christmas carols around the kettle.

Last day to order fruit from Farm Bureau

Today is the order deadline if you wish to buy citrus fruit from the Franklin County Farm Bureau this season.

Oranges, grapefruit and tangelos are available for $25 for four-fifths of a bushel or $15 for two-fifths of a bushel. Call the Farm Bureau office at (618) 435-3616 to order.

The bureau also has pecans for sale in the office – 1-pound bags of shelled pecan halves are $9. The Franklin County Farm Bureau office is located at 1210 Highway 14 West in Benton.


RLC Cheerleading team hosting spaghetti fund-raiser Dec. 1

The Rend Lake College Cheerleading team will hold a Spaghetti Supper Fund-raiser at 5 p.m., following the Warriors and Lady Warriors conference basketball home openers on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The event will last until 7:30 p.m. and will take place in the RLC Student Center. Tickets are $7 for spaghetti, breadstick, salad, dessert and a drink. They can be purchased from any member of the cheerleading team, or reserved by contacting Coach Nikki LaBuwi-Corollo at 618-513-1978, or by e-mail at nlabuwi@hotmail.com. Take-out is an option.

The Dec. 1 Lady Warriors home game tips off at 1 p.m., followed by the Warriors game at 3 p.m. Both teams are opening the conference season against Lincoln Trail.

Order ribs today from W.F. Chamber of Commerce

This Friday is pick-up day for a BBQ rib fundraiser being hosted by the West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce. Calls to order the ribs should be made immediately to the Chamber office at (618) 932-2181.

Cost for the slab of ribs is $17 – fully cooked. Rib sale pick-ups may be made Friday at the Chamber of Commerce office, located in the Public Safety Building at 201 E. Nolen St. in West Frankfort.
— Bruce A. Fasol

Fundraiser planned for David Tedrow

A well-known Benton family needs your help.

David Tedrow was recently diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer and is receiving aggressive treatment in St. Louis five days per week.

On Saturday, Dec. 1 friends of David and April Tedrow are sponsoring a fundraiser to help defray the costs of the ongoing medical treatment and travel.  A rummage sale, auction, raffle and fish fry will be held at the Benton Kiwanis Hall located on Hudelson Street, adjacent to the Benton Civic Center.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Tedrow family.

Currently, items for the rummage sale and auction are being collected and can be dropped off at the Whittington Water Department or at Martin’s Restaurant & Catering, located on East Main Street in Benton.  Anybody wanting to purchase or help sell tickets for the fish fry or needing more information can contact Dale and Penny Brookins at 927-1960 or Bob and Linda Martin at 927-2627.

Tickets on sale Saturday for Zeigler Fire Dept. fundraiser

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Nov. 10, for a December fundraiser officials hope will provide funds for a construction project at the Zeigler Fire Department. The Dec. 8 fundraiser called “Raise the Roof” aims to do just that, and provide covering for first responder’s vehicles at the fire station.

Tickets will be available starting today at Casey’s General Store and the Post Office in Zeigler.

The event starts at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Zeigler Eagles, with a meal of pulled pork sandwich, slaw and baked beans being served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by music by Shakey Jake from 8 p.m. until midnight. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the event.

For more information, contact any volunteer firefighter in Zeigler. “Raise the Roof” tickets are $15 for adults, and $7 for children ages 12 and under.

— Bruce A. Fasol

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