May 08, 2014
Community Link held their 8th annual Buddy Walk this past Saturday, May 3rd at Carlyle Lake. With over 750 registered walkers, this was the biggest and most successful Buddy Walk yet! This event, which helps raise awareness for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, brought in over $28,000 in gross proceeds. The money raised at this event goes to Community Link to fund local programs and supports for individuals in our community with developmental disabilities and other difficulties, and a portion goes to the National Down Syndrome Society to fund national advocacy initiatives that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome. Thank you to all of the individual teams that raised money on Community Link’s behalf for this year’s Buddy Walk. The top fundraising team this year was Team B.E.S.T., raising over $4,600!
A special thank you to this year’s Buddy Walk sponsors, who made this day possible. The Gold sponsor was Foppe Insurance Agency. Silver sponsors included Henken Storage & Pecan Cracking, FCB Banks, Kelli Gilbert – In loving memory of Linda K. Johnson, and Strano & Associates – Angie Zahn. Bronze sponsors included AKA Concrete, Inc., Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Edward Jones – Jim Kueper, First Bank – Breese, and Peerless-Premier Appliance Co. Thank you to the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Clinton County Parrot Head Club, First Bank employees, Mater Dei track team, Mater Dei, Carlyle, and Central High School Students, and Community Link staff members for their tremendous help the day of the event. Other donors who made this day possible include Carlyle IGA, CC Food Marts, Excel Bottling Co., Hardees, Peek/Huelsmann Rentals, St. Augustine Church, Taylor Made Signs, Wal-Mart-Carlyle, WSI Vending, and WCXO Radio.
To kick off this beautiful day, John Huelskamp, Community Link’s Executive Director, spoke about Community Link’s new strategic mission, and the dedication to providing increased opportunities for our participants. This starts with identifying the dreams our participants have, and finding ways to realize them. A shining example of someone who identified her dreams and was able to achieve them, is Karrie Brown, Community Link’s special guest at the Buddy Walk. Karrie has Down syndrome, but that has not stopped her from following her dream of becoming a model. Thanks to her mother, the power of social media and her unwavering sense of self-confidence, she was recently flown out to California for a professional photo shoot for Wet Seal. Community Link strives to help the individuals they support to define their own dreams and ways to achieve them, and Karrie’s story is truly an inspiration. Before the walk officially began, Community Link participant Jill Husted took the stage to perform the National Anthem. With a group of her peers behind her holding the American flag, Jill bravely stood in front of the large crowd gathered, and sung beautifully, dedicating the performance to her three younger brothers. After the walk, everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch and various activities. Thank you to all who came out to enjoy this special day.
To view photographs of the day, choose the link to our Facebook page and Buddy Walk 2014 Photo Album, https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.648005845273384.1073741862.206882929385680&type=3
April 04, 2014
Community Link is excited to welcome Karrie Brown as a special guest to the 8th annual Buddy Walk on May 3rd. Karrie is such an inspirational young woman, who doesn’t let her disability define her. Karrie has Down syndrome, but that has not stopped her from following her dream of becoming a model. Thanks to her mother, the power of social media and her unwavering sense of self-confidence, she was recently flown out to California for a professional photo shoot for Wet Seal. Community Link strives to help the individuals they support to define their own dreams and ways to achieve them, and Karrie’s story is truly an inspiration. You can help individuals in your community who have big dreams like Karrie by supporting Community Link’s Buddy Walk on May 3rd at Carlyle Lake.
The Buddy Walk consists of a one-mile fun walk from Carlyle Lake Dam West Recreation Area Pavilion #2 on an accessible path on top of the main dam and back to the pavilion for picnic lunch. Check-in and on-site registration begin at 9:00 AM. The $15 registration includes Buddy Walk T-shirt (guaranteed in size of choice for those registering by April 4) and lunch ticket. Walk officially starts at 10:30 AM. Other activities: music, kids' activities, info table, bake sale and sale of crafts made by individuals with developmental disabilities.
You can register online to participate in Community Link’s Buddy Walk and build your own personalized fundraising page to raise funds online by visiting our website at www.commlink.org/buddywalk. Come out for a fun, heartwarming day and meet some of the people who are benefiting from this wonderful fundraiser.
March 31, 2014
Community Link’s 8th Annual Buddy Walk is coming up on May 3rd, 2014. This is a very important fundraiser for Community Link. In addition to raising funds to support the many program offerings at Community Link, this particular fundraiser is also an opportunity to raise awareness for the many individuals with a diagnosis of Down syndrome. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common genetic conditions. Community Link recognizes that people with Down syndrome are valued members of their families and their communities, and contribute to society in a variety of ways. We are asking for your help to make this event better than ever! You can help by creating a fundraising page at www.commlink.org/buddywalk and inviting your family, friends, and co-workers to get involved by pledging to donate to your Buddy Walk campaign. All donations are tax-deductible, and the groups with the highest fundraising totals will receive special recognition during the Buddy Walk event. There will also be special recognition for the groups with the most members walking on their Buddy Walk team. We truly appreciate your support of Community Link throughout the years and hope you will join us in making our 2014 Buddy Walk our best one yet!
May 06, 2013
Community Link held their 7th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, April 27th at Carlyle Lake. With over 400 registered walkers, the rainy weather was not enough to keep people from walking for a great cause! This event, which helps raise awareness for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, brought in nearly $16,000 in gross proceeds. The top fundraising team again this year was Team Torino – Strides for Steve Timmermann, raising over $3,000. Thank you to all who came out to enjoy this special day.
A special thank you goes out to this year’s Buddy Walk sponsors. The Gold sponsor was Foppe Insurance Agency. Silver sponsors included Henken Storage, First County Banks, and Rooter’s Asphalt. Thank you to the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Clinton County Parrot Head Club, First Bank employees, Mater Dei Track Team, and McKendree University Track Team for the tremendous help the day of the event. Other donors who made the day possible include Excel Bottling, Hardees, Carlyle IGA, Dynamic Vending, Taylor Made Signs, Peek/Huelsmann Rentals, and Diann White.
Community Link, a non-profit organization and proud United Way member agency, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in our community. The mission of Community Link is to help people with developmental disabilities, and other difficulties, achieve learning breakthroughs, find a job, live in a home of their own, and make friends.
February 15, 2013
The Clinton County Parrot Head Club is hosting their 6th Annual Spring Phling chicken and beer dance on February 23, 2013 at Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery in Carlyle, IL, featuring “Jimmy and the Parrots” from New Jersey. Tickets are $25 each, which includes all you can eat fried chicken and draft beer. A silent auction will be held, along with raffles and prizes. The doors open at 6:00 PM. For tickets or more information, contact Todd Peppenhorst, President of the CCPHC at 618-792-6586 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit Community Link.
April 24, 2012
The top fundraising team for the second year in a row was Team Torino – Strides for Steve Timmermann raising over $4,410.
Community Link held their 6th Annual Buddy Walk Saturday, April 21st at Carlyle Lake. With over 500 people registered for the Buddy Walk, 300 more than last year, the cold weather was not enough to scare people away from walking for a great cause! Community Link’s Buddy Walk brought in over $19,000 in gross proceeds, which is $10,000 more than last year!!
Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the day.
A special thank you goes out to this year’s Buddy Walk sponsors. The gold sponsors were Foppe Insurance Agency and John Hudspeth, Your State’s Attorney. Silver sponsors included Henken Storage, First County Banks, and Kohnen Concrete. Thank you to the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, Clinton County Parrot Head Club, First Bank employees, Wesclin High School students, Mater Dei Track Team and students for the tremendous help the day of the event. Other donors who made the day possible include Excel Bottling of Breese, Hardees of Breese, J & W Produce, Taylor Made Signs, Peek Rentals, and Pepsi Mid Am. Visit www.commlink.org or ‘like’ us on Facebook for more information on Community Link.
February 14, 2012
“Team BEST” raised $350 for the Buddy Walk today during their first bake sale. “Team BEST” stands for “Breese East Staff Team” and was organized by Donna Fitzgerald, RN/Program Manager at the East building. A big thank you to all who purchased and helped out in making this a huge success! Just from today, "Team BEST" raised more money than they had from all last year’s achievements. Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, April 21st, for the annual Buddy Walk at Carlyle Lake. Watch for more information to come.