Dodge Brawl to Benefit Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!

Monday, April 13, 2015, 8:30 A.M.

Dodge Brawl to Benefit Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!


PRESS RELEASE                                                                                             April 13, 2015


201 SW Jefferson Ave.              Contact:  Ashlee Franken

Peoria, IL 61602                        Public Relations Coordinator  (309) 680-3506



For Immediate Release:


A Dodge Ball Tournament Benefitting Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Warm-up starts at 11 am

Competition Starts at 12 pm

Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls


Dodge Brawl is a national, co-ed, double-elimination dodge ball tournament.  Teams of six will compete against each other not only for annual bragging rights, but also for the chance to win money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®!


Dodge Brawl: Peoria will take place on May 9, 2015 in the SMG managed Peoria Civic Center exhibit halls.  Peoria Civic Center will open its doors at 10:30 am for both players and spectators, practice games will begin at 11:00 am, and the official tournament will begin at 12 pm.  Registration per team of 6 is $108.  Dodge Brawl is open to the public and FREE for spectators.  Teams can sign up at, the PCC Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000.


Each Dodge Brawl event includes an exhibition of local and national event sponsors, local businesses, and community-focused non-profits.  In 2015, Dodge Brawl events will take place in more than a dozen U.S. cities, with approximately 5000 individuals comprising more than 700 teams.  Dodge Brawl events will award over $30,000 to charities across the country, all while providing the opportunity for those ages 16-65 the chance to compete with (or against) their friends, family, and co-workers, in each city.


Dodge Brawl is an exciting new event for the Central Illinois,” said SMG General Manager of the Peoria Civic Center, Jim Wetherington.  “It gives everyone the opportunity to come have some fun in our arena and support local charities at the same time.  We look forward to making this an annual event that the community can get excited about.”


ABOUT Susan G. Komen®:


Susan G. Komen® is committed to saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality care for all, and investing in science to find the cures.  Over the past 5 years, more than 80 cents of every dollar spent by Susan G. Komen® have gone directly towards research, community-based health programs, education and advocacy programs to support its mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer.


Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created.


The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.


For more information about Susan G. Komen® visit

For more information about Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® visit

For more information about Dodge Brawl: Peoria visit


About the Peoria Civic Center

The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area. For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at


About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houstons NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.



SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management. Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.

The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities. SAVORs commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible. SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market. To learn more, visit