Region I Taste of Something Special

COVID Procedures

All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.

All participants are required to wear a mask inside the Taste of Something Special facility regardless of vaccine status.

Unless fully vaccinated, participants who are medically able should continue to wear a mask at outdoor venus the majority of time while at Special Olympics Illinois activities.

Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.

Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks.  Participants must bring their own.

SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site for participants’ use.

Every effort will be made to sanitize equipment and supplies that are routinely touched by the public. Social distancing will be encouraged at sales tables. The flow of purchasers will move in one direction to avoid crossing paths.

Even with the vaccine, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of infection. Individuals with a higher susceptibility risk for COVID-19 are encouraged to review the information on the CDC and IDPH website to make an informed decision about attending in person events.

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible.  While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority.  All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:

What is Taste of Something Special?

On Thursday, September 30th, Special Olympics Illinois Region I will host the 12th Annual Taste of Something Special located at The WalkWay in Mattoon. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:00 p.m.  The Taste of Something Special has a variety of engaging activities throughout the night.  Attendees can enjoy an evening filled with food, wine tasting, beer and spirits sampling, silent auction, your choice raffle, and a wine cork pull.  All proceeds from the event benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois Region I.

Event Details

Patrons will be able to purchase the wines and spirits that are available for sampling that evening. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at the secure, on-line ticket site, Tickets will also be for sale on the night of for $20 at the door. All attendees will receive a commemorative glass at the door, along with 8 wine tasting tickets.  

The Silent Auction is open on-line now for viewing and bidding at!  Items can be bid on NOW through the night of the Taste of Something Special, where they will be displayed for patrons, until the close of the auction at 7:45pm.  Some of the Silent Auction items including:

  • 2 Illinois Marathon Passes with Runner Bag
  • Outdoor Wooden Patio Bench
  • Hicke Golf Bag
  • And so much more!

The Your Choice Raffle will be auctioning a variety of great items that range from restaurant gift certificates to hand crafted pieces of art created by local supporters.

The Wine Cork Pull is back again this year! During the Wine Cork Pull, attendees have the choice to purchase one wine cork for $10 or three wine corks for $25 to have the chance to win the cork’s matching bottle of wine.  The sisterhood of Omega Nu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha will be coordinating the wine donations for this amazing opportunity for patrons to win some unique wines and/or trade wines with other guests!

The Presenting sponsors for the 12th Annual Taste of Something Special:

  • Koerner Distributing
  • S&S Services
  • The 19th Street Dairy Queen, Mark & Moni Sheehan
  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha
  • AND the 5 O’Clock Floozies

SOILL Region I provides programming for people with intellectual disabilities in Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Dewitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, and Vermillion counties. The Region currently serves more than 1400 athletes, has 140 active agencies and more than 1,900 Class A volunteers. SOILL Region I offers competition for athletes in 12 sports. There are many opportunities available 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 Region I Asst. Director Vanessa Duncan at 217-273-4485 or

Who We Are

Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world.  Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities.  Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life.  Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.


Sep 30 2021


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


$15.00 per person in advance; $20.00 per person at the door.


The Walkway
1501 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon IL
Vanessa Duncan


Vanessa Duncan
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