Ill. Public Safety Personnel Compete for Educational Scholarships
The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.
Mar. 12—Advocate BroMenn Medical Center's Service Auxiliary will pay tribute to McLean County and El Paso firefighters, police officers, telecommunicators and emergency medical services personnel at the third annual Chase for Champions.
The event will be April 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington.
Registration is being accepted through March 16 for the event, which is open to adults 18 and older and features an 'Amazing Race'-style team chase, followed by a recognition dinner and silent auction.
Public safety personnel selected as "champions" will be announced at the dinner and will receive educational scholarships. The finalists this year are:
- Officers Pedro Diaz, Jesse Lanphear, Jacob Law and Curtis Squires of the Bloomington Police Department.
- Wendy Brown, telecommunicator/supervisor at Metcom.
- Anna French, Benjamin Over and Nicole Snodgrass, telecommunicators at Metcom.
- Deputies Landon Cuba and Alex Freshour of the McLean County Sheriff's Department.
- Firefighter David Killian, Fire Chief Brett Lueschen and Capt. Thomas Wagner, all of of the Towanda Fire Department.
For the chase, registered teams of three to four people will begin at the DoubleTree at 4 p.m. and will travel to six predetermined sites around Bloomington-Normal where they will compete for points. The team with the most points when the chase concludes at 5:30 p.m. will be declared the winner and will be honored at the champion dinner.
Teams also can earn points by bringing a teddy bear to the event. These "Bears for the Brave" will be given to public safety officers, who will use them to provide comfort to children in stressful situations.
The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, and a meal will follow at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can bid on silent-auction items and hear testimonials about the evening's honored public safety officers.
Dancing will follow the dinner from 9 to 10 p.m., with music by Dexter O'Neal and the Funk Yard Band.
Cost of the evening is $60 for the chase and the champion dinner. Attendees may choose just the dinner for the same price.
Proceeds will go to the scholarships and for a Simulation Lab for Advocate BroMenn's Acute Rehab Unit.
Registration for the chase and dinner may be completed at www.advocatehealth.com/bromenn-chase. Forms also are available at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Advocate BroMenn Thrift Shop and Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center.