Social Services

Vermilion CASA event scheduled

DANVILLE — Vermilion Chevrolet-Buick-GMC will present CASA's third annual Night at the Races & Hometown Celebrity Auction later this month.

The event will be held on April 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 310 Bryan St., Danville. It is open to the public, and admission is $10 per person.

Happy hour will being at 6 p.m., and the first race will begin at 7 p.m.

For the retirees, April 13-20, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

Sandusky penalty paying for agencies that protect children

Midway through her talk with forensic interviewer Mary Bunyard, the 17-year-old provided a crucial detail about the man who abused her.

An investigator watching from another room had the proof needed to corroborate her story. He grabbed a phone, and within minutes the suspect was arrested.

"I came out of the interview and they said, 'We got this guy already,' " Bunyard said.

United Way launches 2-1-1 service in Vermilion County

DANVILLE — Vermilion County residents now have a new way to get connected with area health and human services at any time and on any day.

All they have to do is pick up a phone and dial 2-1-1.

CASA training scheduled

URBANA — The Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate program will begin training later this month for new advocates to speak up for the more than 400 abused and neglected children in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Nonprofits invited to apply for grants

URBANA — The Presence Covenant Medical Center Foundation is inviting nonprofit organizations to apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

Bike sale seeks donations

CHAMPAIGN — Organizers for the 5th annual Community Used Bike Sale are asking area residents to donate unwanted used bicycles for the event, which raises money for Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County.

Habitat is an organization that serves local low-income families by providing them with affordable housing.

Tickets on sale for charity dinner

PHILO — Tickets are on sale for the 14th annual steak dinner to benefit Good Samaritan programs of Catholic Charities in Champaign and Piatt counties.

The dinner will be held April 27 at the Philo Tavern, Philo. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for cocktails, followed by dinner at 5 p.m.

Books by the Bushel event this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — In partnership with Head Start of Savoy, the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana will host its annual Books by the Bushel fundraiser from Friday through Sunday at Barnes & Noble, 65 N Market St., C.

During the book fair, there will be several showcase events for children:

LeRoy police chief takes part in MDA fundraiser

McLEAN — LeRoy Police Chief Jason Williamson is "going to jail," according to the LeRoy Police Facebook page, and he needs citizen support to "bail him out."

Williamson is participating in a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and any money raised in bailing out the mock jailbird will go toward MDA research.

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