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The United Way Witches Ball was a success!

posted: October 31st, 2018

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United Way of Effingham County recently held the 2018 United Way Witches Ball. The event was held on October 12th at the Thelma Keller Convention Center.  This Halloween themed event featured dinner, music and silent and live auction items and a costume contest.

The Special Events Committee and the Board of Directors would like to thank the following individuals and businesses that helped make this year’s event a success:

Thelma Keller Convention Center, Schmid Auction Company, Effingham New Car Dealers Association, Dr. Ryan and Sara Jennings, Wortman Printing, ServPro, Keller Family, – Madalaine McDaniel, Heartland Dental, Mark and Dawn Goeckner – Goeckner Brothers, Firefly Grill, Taylor Law, Roy Schmidt Honda, Jack & Betinha Schultz, Beck’s Hybrids, Larry and Gwen O’Dell, Midland States Bank, Dean and Colleen Bingham, Koerner Distributor, Inc.- Troy Greene, H & W Service Center, Mike Defend, Tingley Insurance, Jansen’s Heating and Air, J & J Ventures Amusements, Tuscan Hills Winery, Keller Convention Center, ReMax Key Advantage, Ross and Sandra Richardson, Higgs Welding, Chuck and Doris Keller, Night Moves, Crossroads Bank, Chase Park Plaza, Patterson Technology Center, Drake Homes, Effingham Equity, John Boos & Co., Complete Weddings & Events, Steve and Shanta Will, Save-a-Lot, Effingham Country Club, Marty and Susan Watson, Brad and Maegan Roper, Village Wine, Tom and Connie Wegman, The Little Theater on the Square, Walter’s Golf Management, Weis Insurance, Comfort Suites / Hampton Inn, Lake Sara Marina, Al’s Tire Mart & Electronics Center, MBI Construction, Bahrns Equipment, Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mattoon Golf & Country Club, Weber’s Jewelry, Effingham Asphalt, Washington Savings Bank, Lisa Koerner, Milano & Grunloh Engineers, Agracel, Holiday Inn, Walk’s Auto Body, Dieterich Bank, Barb Bovard, Mattoon Township Park District – Lytle Park Pool, Stang Arts – Jamie Stang, Land of Lincoln Credit Union, Wood Creations by Brian Brummer, Katie Smithenry, Maxedon Landscaping, Pyramid Marble, Rick and Diane Siemer, WS Broom & Company, Ted and Lora Bergfeld, Stevens Industries, Weber Brothers Appliances, The Home Center, Domino’s Pizza, The Cookie Jar, Workman Sports Complex, Donnewald Distributing Co., Jansen’s Auto Sales, Curt and Peggy Valenti, Effingham Academy of Gym & Dance, Headquarters – Lynn Kowalski, Joe’s Pizza and Pasta, Waymo’s Photography, Tom and Connie Wegman, Effing Brew Company, Central IL Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Cromwell Radio, Compass Advisory Group, Cardinal Golf Course, Effingham Fire Department, Martin’s IGA, Patrick and Ashley Kreke, Bales Unlimited, Foxy Styles, Chad Green, Effingham Telcom Solutions, Lustig Custom Cabinets, Sears Hometown Stores, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Rep. John Shimkus, John and Ann Beckman, Float Effingham, David and Marilyn Boone, Party Worx, Niebrugge Furniture, Effingham Daily News, Zales Jewelers, McDonalds/ Linders LLC, Kera Cutz, Jan Von Bokel, Dan Hecht Chevrolet – Toyota, Ad Hatters, Wright’s Furniture, McMahon Meats, Lisa’s Pastry Sensations, The Great Pumpkin Patch, Consolidated Communications, Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Greater Effingham Area, Bill and Lisa Hoelscher, Effingham Tire and Auto, Ron Meitzner, Sloan Implements, Big Splash Adventures, Ashley Smith-Swingler, KT Boutique, HF Productions, Inc., Jack Flash, Southtown Car Wash, The Thomas Shop, D-J Party Supply, Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, Maurice’s – Marilyn Woodruff, Leisure Times, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Burkland’s Florist & Gifts, Heidanes Hidden Timbers, Healing Therapies – Nancy Liss, Gopher Grill, Hint’s Laser Engraving, Silver Star Skate Center, Weber’s Clothing, Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventures, Effingham Performance Center, Cindy Grunloh, R & G Machine, Ten Brooke LeAnne, Meadowview Country Club, Siemer Milling Company, Campos Dental, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Chipoltle Mexican Grill, Dairy Queen, EJ Water, Starbucks, Balda Dental, Gotcha by the Hair, Steak ‘n Shake, Hodgson Mill, Fresh Digs, NAPA Auto Parts, The Magic House, Travel Quarters, The Curl Bar, Meyer Oil – Mach 1, Probst Auto Body, Heartland Landscaping, Headquarters – Ron Willenborg, JB Esker, South Central FS / Fast Stop, Teutopolis State Bank, Stanfield Chiropractic, Effingham Public Library, Culver’s Restaurant, TGI Friday’s, Ameren, Boy Scouts – Lincoln Trail Council, Chuck and Doris Keller, Cromwell Radio, Effingham Daily News, Effingham Public Property Dept., Effingham Teutopolis News Report, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Kohl’s / Kohl’s Cares, Pepsi, Premier Broadcasting, Inc., and Teutopolis Village Employees.

Special thanks to the businesses that provided the feature sponsorships:

Thelma Keller Convention Center, Koerner Distributors, Inc., Agracel Inc., Patterson Technology Center, Lisa’s Pastry Sensations, Ross and Sandra Richardson.

The United Way would also like to thank the following VIP Table Sponsors:

Heartland Dental, Midland States Bancorp, Inc., Siemer Milling Company, H & W Service Center, Patterson Technology Center, Legado, LLC, Midland States Bank, Stevens Industries, Agracel, Ameren, Consolidated Communications, Crossroads Bank, Dieterich Bank, Feller Oilfield Service, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Koerner Distributors, Inc. and Thelma Keller Convention Center.

Proceeds from the United Way Gala go toward the 2018 campaign, which has a goal of $315,000. The United Way funds 24 local health and human service agencies in Effingham County. These partner agencies include: Altamont After School Program, Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America – Lincoln Trails Council, Catholic Charities, CEFS Literacy Program, CEFS Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Child Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois, Crisis Nursery of Effingham County, Effingham Child Development Center,  Effingham County FISH Human Services, Effingham County Search & Rescue, Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Greater Effingham Area, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Heartland Human Services, Meals on Wheels of CEFS, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Effingham County, One Hope United, Oneighty, Senior Services of Effingham County, Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies (SAFE), Strategic Training & Restoration (STAR), Stop Woman Abuse Now (SWAN) and Unit 40 Mentoring Program.

If you would like to conduct an employee campaign or would like to make a donation to the 2018 campaign, please call (217) 342-3824 or visit .