Region I Taste of Something Special

The 11th Annual “Taste of Something Special” benefiting Special Olympics athletes will be held on Thursday, October  8th, 2020 at The WalkWay, 1501 Lake Land Blvd., Mattoon.

Tickets are on sale now for $15.00.  This includes at 16oz. SOILL Beer Glass, 8 Wine Tasting Tickets, unlimited beer tasting and food tasting from vendors like Don Sol.  You may also purchase tickets at the door for $20.00.

Purchase Tickets

The fun starts at 5:00pm!  Tasting of the wine/beers and auction viewing/bidding will take place inside the building.  We have dedicated volunteers tasked with maintaining 50 people in the building at one time.  Persons not tasting are encouraged to go outside to this year’s new Tasting Garden complete with tables, chairs, lighting, food trucks and DJ Billy Bellue!  Masks must be worn inside the building unless tasting or at the bar area.  Masks will be optional outside in the 3000 square foot Tasting Garden!

There will be plenty of silent auction items to bid on, including a Stay and Play Vacation Get Away and 2 Nights of Family Camping.  Bidding for all items will be on line, but all the auction items will be in the venue for the lucky winners to take home.  Bidding will begin on Thursday, October 1st at noon and end October 8th at 7:30pm.

Silent Auction items can be viewed and bid on here:

View and Bid on Auction Items

The night also includes a live raffle drawing.

Raffle tickets prices are:

  • $1.00 = 1 ticket
  • $5.00 = 6 tickets
  • $10.00 – 12 tickets
  • $20.00 – 25 tickets.

You could win a great raffle prize like this one:

The online auction and raffle ticket auction will close at 7:30pm with check-out of all auction items, wines, and specialty beers beginning at that time.  The event ends at 8:00pm, and all proceeds will go to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois Region I.

Keep up on all the information with Taste of Something Special by visiting and following the Taste of Something Special Facebook Event Page.

Parking for the event is available behind the venue and along Rudy Avenue.


Taste of Something Special program book coming soon!


Thank you to our generous sponsors:



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.


Oct 08 2020


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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