Do It Yourself Events

We’re taking DIY to a whole other level. This summer, the Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is rolling out DIY Events. They’re exactly what they sound like. An individual or organization can plan and execute an event of their choosing and donate the proceeds to our chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The event, get this, is yours! You can plan, setup, and implement your event in any way you want. We encourage you to add your own flare. Our Chapter representatives will do our best to support you in any way that we can to ensure your event is a success and your experience supporting the Alzheimer’s Association is rewarding and enjoyable.

DIY events are essential and support the Association immensely. Therefore, when promoting your event, the title can be listed as, “[Event Name], benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association.” This will show our support for the event!

In addition to showing our support for the event, the Central Illinois Chapter will help in the promotion of your DIY event. We will post your event flyer on our Chapter’s website and social media profiles, have flyers available in our office, forward your flyer to our Chapter staff, and provide you with a press release template. We want your event to be promoted as much as possible so it will be a huge hit!

If you’re thinking this sounds like a great opportunity to volunteer your time in support of the Alzheimer’s association, but are stuck with the idea for an event, don’t worry. The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination to create an amazing event that everyone will enjoy.

For a more concrete example, one of our Chapter’s very first DIY events was a big hit last month. Peoria Pops Orchestra created the DIY event “Broadway vs. Rock N’ Roll.” If you recall from one of our previous posts, music lovers of all ages came out to Five Points Washington to enjoy a live music battle. The orchestra duked it out, switching from Rock N’ Roll and Broadway sets. There was also an epic pre-concert lip sync battle. The audience voted for their favorite genre and lip sync preformer by placing monetary donations in cans passed around throughout the night. In the end, Rock N’ Roll was dubbed victorious, and the event raised over $800 for the Alzheimer’s Association. It was such a unique, fun event that everyone enjoyed, and a great example of a successful DIY event.

If you have any interest in doing your own DIY event, please contact Tina Barnhart at


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