SUCCESS STORIES

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation's impact on the four counties it serves is best seen through the community-based programs we assist. We encourage you to read about some of the programs we have helped fund in the last few years.

Miller Park Zoo Breaks Ground for New Educational Theater

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | September 2, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph and WGLT By Timothy Eggert and Sarah Nardi; Photos by Jim Finch BLOOMINGTON — Accommodating three different animals from South America at a 130-year-old wildlife park calls for some rearranging. At Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, that’s especially true, as officials Wednesday morning broke ground for a new multipurpose education center.…

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Know an ‘ExtraOrdinary’ Woman? New Bloomington Project Taking Submissions

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | September 1, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Olivia Jacobs BLOOMINGTON — Submissions are now being accepted for The ExtraOrdinary Women Project. The initiative recognizes the efforts of local women by sharing their stories and inspiring others. Every quarter, one woman and her story will be chosen by the board of directors and will be featured on the…

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Women to Women Giving Circle Hosts Pontiac Luncheon

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 4, 2021

The Women to Women Giving Circle hosted a lunch for 31 women on the plaza south of the Historic Livingston County Courthouse on July 14. The event was part of Block 59, sponsored by Pontiac Parks and Recreation. Edinger’s Filling Station provided box lunches. Women to Women is a component fund of the Illinois Prairie…

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Campers Leave Their Comfort Zone to Sail Through Timber Pointe Outdoor Center’s Challenge Course

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | July 1, 2021

By Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director Recently a group of teens attending a weeklong Respite Camp went outside their comfort zones and conquered many challenges at Easterseals’ Timber Pointe Outdoor Center on Lake Bloomington, near Hudson. The entire camp stay challenges campers to participate fully in many new experiences. Key among the new experiences…

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Concerts on the Quad Returns for Summer 2021

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | June 24, 2021

Reposted from Illinois State University News Illinois State University’s Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and School of Music are excited to announce the return of Concerts on the Quad (COTQ) for summer 2021. All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. on the east side of…

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Illinois Wesleyan President Speaks About Pandemic Recovery

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | June 24, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph Photo by Justin Hurt The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Women to Women Giving Circle hosted a series of Wellness Wednesday lunches to share experiences related to the pandemic, with an emphasis on resilience, inspiration and joy.   Illinois Wesleyan University President Georgia Nugent was the speaker June 23 at Shepard Park in…

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Prairie Fire Theatre Invites Community To Give Opera A Try

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | June 21, 2021

Reposted from WGLT By Breanna Grow Musical theater fans are no doubt eager for the return of live performances. In the meantime, Prairie Fire Theatre Artistic Director Bob Mangialardi suggests Bloomington-Normal residents give opera a try. The nonprofit theater company will be live and in-person for “Opera Under the Stars” at 7:30 p.m. June 29…

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS: Illinois Wesleyan Language School Returns; Esports Camp Launched

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | June 7, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Lenore Sobota; Photos by Lewis Marien and David Proeber BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Wesleyan University is having its first Youth Esports and Leadership Camp this summer. The IWU Language School for Kids also is returning this summer in person after being virtual last summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Language School…

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Prom a Chance to Gather, Socialize for Area Seniors

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | May 14, 2021

By Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director On Saturday, May 1, about 50 senior citizens gathered at the Replex in LeRoy for the 4th Annual Living Well Senior Prom.   After having to cancel the 2020 Senior Prom because of COVID-19 restrictions, attendees were eager for the chance to gather and socialize after receiving their…

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IWU Language School for Kids Hosts Immersion Summer Camps

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | May 12, 2021

BLOOMINGTON — Children from pre-K to fifth grade have the opportunity to learn French and Spanish language and culture this summer through the Illinois Wesleyan University Language School for Kids (LSK). LSK classes will meet in the Buck Memorial Library or on IWU’s quad, when weather permits, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 2:30…

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