Mark Your Calendar
July 22 Stage Door Speakeasy 7 to 10 p.m. at The Orpheum. Starting July 22 the Speakeasy returns to The Orpheum on Fridays and Saturdays. The Stage Door Speakeasy is a prohibition era themed bar serving popular 1920s drinks on The Orpheum stage. There will also be card games, silent films, and ragtime music. Check https://www.galesburgorpheum.org/speakeasy for the password.
On July 8 Tres Cafe hosted a fundraiser for Denny Dean, a local firefighter with multiple myeloma. From 4 to 8 p.m. all sales and proceeds were donated to Dean. His children are selling t-shirts for anyone who would like one on their Facebook page #Dennystrong. Due to the generosity of our community, Tres Cafe was able to raise $8,000.
On July 8 Lisa Holder White was sworn in as the first Black woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court.
There have been two Aces so far this season! June 8 Mark Hannam on number three. July 5 Bob Hayes on number 17. Congratulations fellas!
GALESBURG, Illinois-The CUSD #205 Board of Education hired Dr. Tiffany Springer to be the new principal at Silas Willard elementary school for the 2022-2023 school year at the July meeting. Dr. Springer fills the role after Jon Bradburn left the position to fill the role of Director of Instructional Technology and Operations.
Dr. Springer returns to Silas Willard where she was the principal prior to becoming the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. According to Dr. Springer, “While I have enjoyed my role within the district over the last four years, as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, I have greatly missed building relationships and engaging with the students, families, and faculty of Silas Willard.”
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Due to the substantial rainfall received on July 8 the movie in the park was canceled. The good news is that the movie is rescheduled for Friday, August 12.
On July 8 President Biden signed an executive order to protect access to abortion including abortion medication, access to contraception, the right to emergency medical care under the law, providers and clinics you rely on, privacy and sensitive information, and access to accurate information.
Knox County Fair
On July 9 the Miss Knox County Fair Queen Pageant was held. Natalie Nelson pulled the top crown, becoming the first person to achieve the Pageant triple crown, winning as a little miss, junior miss, and now is Miss Knox County Fair Queen. Cheznie Engel won the Junior Miss Knox County Prize and Camdyn Jennings won Little Miss Knox County. First runners up included Whitney Godsil in the Miss Competition, Audrey Rodriguez in the Junior Miss, and Mya Tolley in the Little Miss.
Hidden Hills is collaborating on a new commemorative wine with the Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association. This will be a new wine added to their wine list permanently. For every bottle bought, a dollar will go towards the Historic site. This release event is July 23rd at 2 p.m. There will be a food truck and live music.
Galesburg Community Foundation
Through its annual grant cycle, The Turnout, the Galesburg Community Foundation is awarding grants to 37 local nonprofits in 2022 to assist them in providing quality programming that benefits the people who call our region home.
To be considered for funding, organizations submit an application that is reviewed by a committee of local volunteers. Decisions are made based on community needs in the priority areas of education and workforce development; health and human services; community enhancement, art and culture; and nonprofit capacity, mission sustainability, and reinvention.
Funds for the grants come from the Community Foundation’s Impact Fund and Donor Advised Funds. “The important work of our nonprofits spans from youth to senior services, access to the arts, education, healthcare, food, and so much more—services that enable and enrich our daily lives,” said Joshua Gibb, Foundation President and C.E.O. “We are grateful to the many people who give to our Community Impact Fund to ensure that we can grant these dollars.”
Individuals with Donor Advised Funds at the Foundation have the opportunity to view the nonprofit proposals and may choose to fund specific organizations. “Through The Turnout, nonprofits have the opportunity to tell their stories and connect with donors who want to be charitable,” said Tiffany Springer, Galesburg Community Foundation Director of Grants & Programs.
The following 37 nonprofits will receive full funding for proposals submitted for the 2022 grant cycle:
B.Y.E. Ambulance Service
Best Buddies International
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Knox County
Bishop Hill Heritage Association
Court Appointed Special Advocates of West Central Illinois
Choral Dynamics of Galesburg
Discovery Depot Children’s Museum
Family Planning Service of Western Illinois, Inc.
Galesburg Heritage Days
Galesburg Community Art Center
Galesburg Community Chorus
Galesburg Youth Athletic Club
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
Habitat for Humanity of Knox County
Historic Ellisville Restoration Organization
KCCDD – Gordon Behrents Senior Center
Knox County Child Advocacy Center
Knox Jazz Year
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Monmouth Early Learning Center
National Stearman Fly-In
Prairie Players Civic Theatre
Prairie State Legal Services
Rainbow Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center
River Bend Food Bank
Henderson, Knox, Mercer, and Warren Regional Office of Education #33
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois
Roseville Kids Place
Special Olympics Illinois
The Orpheum Theatre
Triumph Services, Inc.
Warren Achievement Center
Warren County Historical Society
United Way of Greater Warren County