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The Decatur Craft Beer Festival

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival is back & bigger than ever! This year MRI and the Decatur Area Arts Council (DAAC) are teaming up to bring craft beer back to downtown Decatur.

This year, The Decatur Craft Beer Festival will be Saturday, September 30 from 1-5 pm on N. Water Street outside the DAAC. We’ll have over 100 unique craft beers & ciders, local breweries from across the state, live music and food trucks.

Festival tickets are $25 and include admission to the event, 8 tasting tickets, a souvenir glass, live music and access to the on-site food trucks.

2017’s VIP event ($100 tickets) will be held on Friday, September 29 from 7-10 pm inside the DAAC. At the VIP event, you will find rare and hard to find beers and ciders not available at the festival, delicious hors d’oeuvres, exclusive auction items, a VIP goodie bag and ticket holding lanyard, entrance into Saturday’s festival, double the tasting tickets, souvenir glass and more!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT www.decaturcraftbeerfestival.com.

All proceeds stay in the Decatur community by benefitting two local non-profits:
1. MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.) – provides programs and services for over 800 children and adults with disabilities each year
2. Decatur Area Arts Council – introduces and promotes the arts, enhances arts educational opportunities, and increases the impact of and access to the arts to improve the quality of life in the community

Thank you to our major sponsors:
Neuhoff Media
Decatur Digital Solutions
Wasserbrew
Coziahr Harley-Davidson
Cim-Tek Filtration
Alan & Beth Frigy
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Decatur North Water
Flora Gems

#IlGive 2017

#ILGive to MRI

Join MRI on May 30 & May 31 for ILGive Community Fundraising Day!

What is #ILGive? It’s a day devoted to giving back to non-profits in your community. Join us and give back to MRI as we serve over 800 children and adults with disabilities right here in Macon County.

Donate today

Join us in building meaningful lives.

#ILGive to MRI

25th Annual MRI Charity Golf Outing

Join MRI as we hit the green to give back in the 25th Annual MRI Charity Golf Outing on Monday, June 5 at South Side Country Club. The $560 registration fee includes one team of four players, golf fees, carts, lunch, drinks, a goody bag and dinner.

*Four person scramble
*Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 am
*Shotgun start at 1:00 pm
*Dinner & prizes at 5:30 pm

Contact Melanie Bilbrey at 217.875.8850 or MBilbrey@maconresources.org to register.

All proceeds benefit MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.), the largest service provider for children and adults with disabilities in the Mid-West. Each year, MRI serves over 800 children and adults with disabilities in job placement, day training, after school care, inclusive day care, community involvement and more!

THANK YOU to our major sponsors:
3M

Silver sponsors:
Jerger Pediatric Dentistry
John & Rita Mickler
R.V. Evans Company
BKD

Bronze Sponsors:
Thrivent Financial
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Illini Pharmacy Services
Agri-Fab

Hole Sponsors:
PFE Corp.
R.D. McMillen
McLeod Express
Carroll & Kay Scrogin
Dunn Company
Parke & Son, inc.
Hickory Point Bank

Cart Sponsors:
Miles Chevrolet/Crown Toyota Nissan

Meet Tony

Tony 2Meet Tony, a MRI Day Vocational Training participant. Tony may be blind, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing his passions, including music. Tony taught himself to play piano by ear at the age of five. However, his musical abilities don’t stop there! Tony can also play keyboard, auto harp and sing.

MRI clients and employees can hear Tony’s music around lunchtime. Monday – Friday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tony plays piano outside the cafeteria so those who are eating lunch can enjoy some smooth tunes. Tony enjoys playing the piano because other people enjoy it. One of his favorite things to do is make new friends and he feels he does this best through music.

Tony used to travel around to various nursing homes and libraries to play piano for the guests. He hopes to start doing that again soon so he can continue meeting new people. His current goal is to create a CD and hear himself on the radio.

When Tony is not playing one of the various instruments he enjoys, he can be found bowling with his friends, hanging out with his girlfriend or watching a classic Western film.

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Meet Olivia

MRI’s Our Voice Through Art has allowed Olivia to gain confidence, make friends and think outside the box.  Through the class, she has been able to explore various materials, which has shown her how to look at the world differently.

Olivia’s communication skills have also improved as she becomes more comfortable asking for help, sharing materials and complimenting others’ work. She even carries on conversations with her peers as they complete their artwork.

But most importantly, her mom explains, “she feels a part of something. She feels important.”

 

Overcome Obstacles with MRI on April 28!

Join MRI, WAND-TV NewsCenter 17, Cromwell Radio Group and local community leaders in overcoming obstacles on Friday, April 28!

How can you overcome obstacles with MRI?
1. DONATE to MRI: http://bit.ly/mriobstacles.
2. PRE-ORDER Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Hickory River Smokehouse Decatur for yourself or your office.
3. CHALLENGE A FRIEND OR FOE to MRI’s obstacle course.

MRI helps over 800 children and adults with disabilities in our community overcome obstacles each year.

Krispy Kreme dozens ($7 per box) and Hickory River Smokehouse lunches ($7 per box) can be picked up at the event in downtown Decatur. To pre-order : CALL 217.875.8850 | EMAIL mbilbrey@maconresources.org

Thank you to our premier sponsors!
CEFCU
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Major sponsors:
Decatur Earthmover Credit Union
Carmen Rivera & Jose Mendoza
John & Lin Malachowski
Client sponsors:
IPI Wealth Management
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, Cemeteries & Cremation Center
Land of Lincoln Credit Union
Central Illinois Scale Company
Kiwanis Club of Decatur
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
BKD, LLP
Swartz Properties
Pepsi
Dynagraphics Inc./Fast Impressions

 

 


Thank you to our client sponsors:

Kiwanis Club of Decatur
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
BKD, LLP
Swartz Properties
Pepsi

 

MRI Announces New Leadership

The Board of Directors of Macon Resources, Inc. (MRI) announces the selection of Amy Bliefnick to succeed retiring Executive Director, Dreux Lewandowski. Ms Bliefnick is a Decatur native who has served as Director of the Illinois State Fair from 2004 – 2015, Board Chairman and Director of Richland Community College, Director of Development for St. Teresa High School, and Illinois State Special Olympic Board of Directors.

 

Mr. Lewandowski began his tenure at MRI in 2004 and has been working in disability services for 35 years. Under his direction MRI expanded services to both children and adults in the areas of childcare, early childhood prevention, community living and job training programs.

MRI to Provide Our Voice Through Art

Our Voice Through Art, a local program providing art classes for teens and adults with disabilities, will now be offered through MRI.

Jarrett.FacebookOur Voice Through Art began when Jarrett Sekosky, who is on the Autism spectrum and has very little verbal communication, discovered he was able to express himself through art. Since then, Jarrett, his family and his supporters have been working hard to share this connection with other individuals with disabilities in the community. Our Voice Through Art offers multiple six-week sessions per year, with the next session starting February 7. Each session is led by Argenta-Orena art teacher Jodi England with her assistant Terri Ellis and varying guest artists. Each week, the class focuses on a different form of art ranging from drawing to sculpting and more!

Follow Our Voice Through Art on Facebook to stay connected with what we’re doing. For more information or to register for the upcoming session call MRI at 217-875-8850 or email MBilbrey@maconresources.org.

 

Shop Local this Holiday Season

If you are looking for a unique gift this holiday season, consider shopping local at MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.). Each novelty gift purchased directly supports disability services in our community. MRI offers custom license plate signs and art and engraved signs and coasters. MRI’s Etsy page has a few already made designs, but can take custom orders of any type.

Likewise, MRI Independence Pointe is selling all remaining Ornaments of Hope for $5 each. The Ornaments of Hope, also known as the official city ornaments, depict various scenes around Central Illinois including the Oglesby Mansion (1995), Caterpillar (2011) Wabash Depot (2013) and more. See below for a full list of available ornaments.

Shopping local ensures the money you spend stays within your community. By shopping at MRI, your gifts directly support programs like job training, Autism services, speech & language therapy, day vocational training, home visiting and more.

To order a sign or ornament, contact MRI at 217-875-1910 or visit MRI’s Etsy page.

Available ornaments include:

• 1995 Oglesby Mansion
• 1998 Coles County Courthouse
• 2000 Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
• 2001 Decatur Memorial Hospital
• 2002 Charleston Carnegie Public Library
• 2004 Celebration of Faith (St. James, First United Methodist, St. Paul’s Lutheran)
• 2008 Abraham Lincoln
• 2010 Central Park
• 2011 Caterpillar
• 2013 Wabash Depot
• 2014 First Responders

 

Blue Tower Training Update

A note from Shirley Paceley, Blue Tower Training Director:
It has been an honor for me to have spent the past sixteen years sharing the mission of Blue Tower Training, a division of Macon Resources, Inc. Blue Tower Training began in the year 2000 and has impacted the lives of people with disabilities and their families on a local, state and national level. We have also extended our outreach to disability organizations, victim services, state and national associations and many others.

As I prepare for semi-retirement and for leaving Macon Resources, Inc. after nearly 30 years, I want to thank everyone for their support and their dedication to promote growth, independence and self worth for people with disabilities. I want you to know that my commitment to this work will not end at this time. Effective August 31st, Blue Tower Training will transition to Blue Tower Solutions, a not-for-profit organization created by Krescene Beck, Leanne Roth, Linda Sandman and myself to carry on our dedication to equality, justice and freedom for people with disabilities. You may reach me at shirleypaceley@gmail.com.

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