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Updated: United Way tops goal with months to spare

CHAMPAIGN — The United Way of Champaign County has exceeded its $3.4 million fund-raising goal four months early with the help of some large donations that arrived this week, the agency announced Friday.

Religion calendar, Feb. 21, 2014

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Homeless face more than one winter night

What Evelyn Denise does all day is walk around outside in Champaign.

Snow, ice, windchill and all.

Home is nowhere.

Bed tonight might be a bench outside.

"You don't have a choice," she says.

Watch Illini bring down the house at Jock Jams

Did you know your favorite Illini athletes can also sing, dance and act?

You can view Jock Jams — in which University of Illinois student-athletes take the stage — at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Huff Hall, 1206 S. Fourth St., C.

One Winter Night in downtown Champaign on Friday

CHAMPAIGN — About 30 folks are set to shiver in the cold as they sleep outside in boxes Friday night, but donations to the annual fund-raiser event called One Winter night are running on the low side.

Davis to conduct UI Black Chorus at benefit concert

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Black Chorus conducted by Ollie Watts Davis will perform at the 17th annual SAFE House Winter Benefit Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St.

UPDATED: Weather keeping Gifford residents rattled

GIFFORD — Three months after a tornado ripped through the northeastern Champaign County village of Gifford, piles of snow stand throughout town, there's a boil order at the water plant and a community support group was unable to meet Monday because of another winter storm.

For the retirees, Feb. 16, 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.

Promise Healthcare awarded the first Wisdom Tooth Award

On Feb. 10, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awarded Promise Healthcare the first Widsom Tooth Award for the SmileHealthy program. Representatives from the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation were on hand to present the award at a VIP reception held at the I Hotel and Conference Center. The award includes a $100,000 cash grant.

Empty Tomb seeks more than 1,000 volunteers

CHAMPAIGN — Empty Tomb, a Champaign Christian service organization,still needs more than 1,000 people to sign up for its next Mega Work-A-Thon fund-raiser set for March 1.

The organization needs 1,200 people to sign up, and so far only 11 have registered, says its Coordinator Shannon Cook.