Area 6 / Heartland
Area 6 was founded in 1977 and provides programming for people in the counties of DeWitt, Livingston, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford.
There are many opportunities available for you to get involved with Special Olympics including serving as a volunteer or committee member, helping with fundraising or competing as an athlete. If you live in the Area and want to find out more about the local program, please contact the Area Director.
Area Director: Jill Bertelsen
605 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL 61761
Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Basketball Individual Skills, Bocce, Unified Bocce, Bowling, Figure Skating, Golf, Golf Individual Skills, Unified Golf, Gymnastics, Motor Activities Training Program (MATP), Powerlifting, Snowshoeing, Soccer, soccer Individual Skills, Softball, Softball Individual Skills, Speed Skating, Tennis, Unified Tennis, Volleyball, Unified Volleyball
On Saturday, August 22 Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/Area 6 will host its annual Bowling Tournament at Landmark Lanes in Peoria. Over 300 athletes from Area 6 are expected to compete in singles, doubles, team and ramp divisions. Volunteers are needed to help at the following venues: lane assistance, lunch, awards, and souvenirs.
Volunteers play an integral part in the organization of a quality tournament. Volunteers are needed for 4 hour shifts or for the entire day (8 hours). There are two shifts – the first shift is from 8 a.m.-noon and the second shift will begin at 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old and present a valid photo ID when they arrive on Saturday. In return for their time, volunteers will receive a Special Olympics Illinois volunteer T-shirt.
What is the Holiday Dinner & Auction
The Holiday Dinner and Auction is a fun evening out with friends and family to support a great cause. Enjoy delicious food served by the DoubleTree along with a cash bar and live musical entertainment. You can also start your Christmas shopping by taking part in the live and silent auction. All proceeds from the Holiday Dinner & Auction directly benefit Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/Area 6.
The meal options are either:
- Chicken Option—TBA
- Vegetarian option – TBA
- Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m., with cocktails, silent auction and music.
At 7 p.m., dinner will be served. Our program will begin after dinner is served. We will conclude our event with the live auction which will begin at 8 p.m., followed by check-out at 9 p.m.
Purchase a ticket(s) for $65 and attend the Holiday Dinner & Auction on November 12. Purchase a table (10 tickets) for $600 and bring your family and friends.
Register online by November 6
Cash or check registration will also be accepted. Please send payment to Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/ Area 6 at 605 E. Willow St., Normal, IL 61761. Be sure to submit the registration form with cash or check and make checks payable to Special Olympics Illinois Area 6 by November 6.
Festive casual dress is suggested (business casual attire).
Will I Be Supporting a Good Cause?
Yes!! By supporting this event you are giving to a leading human services organization, which utilizes sports, training and competition to enhance the quality of life for 22,000 individuals state-wide with intellectual disabilities. The one-on-one training and year-round competitions are designed to help these children and adults in their day-to-day living, building new skills, creating stronger self-esteem and developing social skills that lead to fuller lives.
Heartland/ Area 6 supports more than 1,000 athletes from the counties of DeWitt, Livingston, Mason, McLean, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford. In 2014 alone it cost Special Olympics Illinois a budgeted $187,352 to allow the athletes to compete in the 14 sports it offers and eight competitions it hosts in Area 6.
All donations are tax deductible, and all proceeds go to Special Olympics Illinois Area 6 which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
For more information please contact Area Director Jill Bertelsen at email@example.com or at 309-888-2012.