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The United Way Witches Ball was a Success!

posted: October 8th, 2019

United Way of Effingham County recently held the 2019 United Way Witches Ball. The event was held on October 4th 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, Larry & Gwen O’Dell, Re/Max Key Advantage, Pizza Man- Greg & Donna Addis, Dean & Colleen Bingham, Marty & Susan Watson, Dr. Ryan & Sara Jennings, Jack & Betinha Schultz, Heartland Dental, Crossroads Bank, Mark & Dawn Goeckner/ Goeckner Brothers, Firefly Grill, Beck’s Hybrids, Roy Schmidt Honda, Madalaine McDaniel, Effingham New Car Dealer Association, Tingley Insurance, Keller Family, Midland States Bank, Koerner Distributor, Inc., Troy Greene, ServPro, J & J Ventures Gaming, Jansen’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Brad & Maegan Roper, John Boos & Co., Patterson Technology Center, Tuscan Hills Winery, Weber’s Jewelry, Country Companies- Brad Meinhart, Tim & Cindy Grunloh, Feller Oilfield Services, Drake Homes, Rick & Diane Siemer, Andrew Knizner, Wortman Printing, Comfort Suites/ Hampton Inn, Complete Weddings & Events, Effingham Equity, McMahon Meats, Ted & Lora Bergfeld, Walk’s Auto Body, Higgs Welding, Taylor Law Offices, Dieterich Bank, Weis Insurance, Walter’s Golf Management, Sight & Sound Theatre, Branson, Lake Sara Marina, Curt & Peggy Valenti, Bahrns Equipment, Compass Advisory Group, Sears Hometown Store, Milano & Grunloh Engineers, Effingham Asphalt, Washington Savings Bank, Sheryl Duncan, Agracel, Holiday Inn, Ken & Norma Lansing, Barb Bovard, The Little Theater on the Square, Stang Arts- Jamie Stang, Al’s Tire Mart & Electronics Center, Maxedon Landscaping, Pyramid Marble, The Home Center, Domino’s Pizza, The Cookie Jar, Wood Creations- Brian Brummer, Workman Sports Complex, Effingham Country Club, Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Save-a-Lot, Modern Family Dinners- Allie Weber, Meyer Oil- Mach 1, Troy & Patty Greene, Village Wine, Jennifer Dueker, Weber Brothers Appliances, WS Broom & Co., Effingham Telcom Solutions, Rob & Nicki Holt, Stevens Industries, Effingham Fire Department, Ron Mietzner, Joe’s Pizza & Pasta, Effing Brew Company, Central Illinois Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Cromwell Radio, Cardinal Golf Course, The Axe House- Valley Park, Patrick & Ashley Kreke, Jansen’s Auto Sales, Cory Goeckner, Elite Hair Studio, Lisa Koerner, Bales Unlimited, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Alliance Tractor, Chad Green, Beth Sturgeon, Rep. John Shimkus, NAPA, David & Marilyn Boone, Party Worx, Zales Jewelers, Niebrugge Furniture, McDonald’s/ Linders LLC, Kera Cuts, Dan Hecht Chevrolet-Toyota, Jan Von Bokel, Effingham Daily News, The Great Pumpkin Patch, Siemer Milling Company, R & G Machine, HSHS Medical Group, Lisa’s Pastry Sensation, Ad Hatters, Wright’s Furniture, Effingham Tire & Auto, Steve & Shanta Will, Mike Posner, Headquarters- Ron Willenborg, Bill & Lisa Hoelscher, Balda Dental, Ashley Smith- Swingler, HF Productions, Inc., DJ’s Party Supply, Maurice’s- Marilyn Woodruff, Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, Par-a- Dice Hotel & Casino, The Curl Bar, Ross & Sandra Richardson, Big Splash Adventures, Fresh Digs, Heidanes Hidden Timbers, Healing Therapies- Nancy Liss, Burkland’s Florist & Gifts, Gopher Grill, Hint’s Laser Engraving, Silver Star Skate Center, Weber’s Clothing, Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure, Effingham Performance Center, Ten Brooke LeAnne, Meadowview Country Club, Campos Dental, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Land of Lincoln Credit Union, Donnewald Distributing Co., Loren Dreas, Effingham Academy of Gym & Dance, Tim & Linda Hemmen, Headquarters- Lynn Kowalski, Sloan Implements, Culver’s Restaurants, Dairy Queen, Dr. Jeff & Stacey Brummer, Effingham Public Library, EJ Water, Gotcha by the Hair, Heartland Landscaping, Joe Sippers, John & Ann Beckman, Probst Auto Body, South Central FS/ Fast Stop, Southtown Car Wash, Steak n’ Shake, Teutopolis State Bank, TGI Friday’s, The Magic House, Travel Quarters, Wal-Mart, Boy Scouts – Greater St. Louis Area Council, Doris Keller & Family, Cromwell Radio, Effingham Daily News, Effingham Public Property Dept., Effingham Teutopolis News Report, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Kohl’s / Kohl’s Cares, 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, Patterson Technology Center, Drake Homes, Midland States Bank, Agracel, Ameren, Crossroads Bank, Dieterich Bank, EJ Water Cooperative, Feller Oilfield Service, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Koerner Distributors, Inc., Stevens Industries, Thelma Keller Convention Center and Washington Savings Bank.

Proceeds from the United Way Gala go toward the 2019 campaign, which has a goal of $320,000. The United Way funds 22 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, 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, 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 2019 campaign, please call (217) 342-3824 or visit .