Humana 8 Skate for Charity at PNC Winterfest!

Monday, November 23, 2015, 6:40 A.M.

Humana 8 Skate for Charity at PNC Winterfest!

PNC Winterfest Teams Up with Humana to Bring New Charity Initiative to the Festival


 Peoria Civic Center will host Humana’s 8 Skate for Charity, supporting eight local charity initiatives, November 30 – December 10, 2015


PEORIA, Ill. Nov. 17, 2015 – For the first time during the Annual PNC Winterfest, the Peoria Civic Center and Humana Inc. will host Humana’s 8 Skate for Charity. Humana’s 8 Skate for Charity initiative will donate $3 for every skate rental to a different charitable initiative each week night for the first two weeks of the PNC Winterfest Nov. 30 through Dec. 10. Festival-goers are also encouraged to come out and donate to the charity-of-the-evening while they’re enjoying the holiday celebrations.


PNC Winterfest is Peoria’s newest holiday tradition. In its inaugural year the event will feature an ice rink for leisure skating, an ice slide, a heated tent and an entertainment stage. In addition to those key features, PNC Winterfest will also feature Family Movie Fridays, Santa Sundays, A Holiday Market and other seasonal activities. PNC Winterfest is partnering with Humana to tie in a charitable element to the festival.


“Humana recently announced our commitment to make the communities we serve 20 percent healthier by the year 2020,” said Gennifer Jeffries, Humana Community Relations Manager for the Great Lakes Region. “This partnership with the Peoria Civic Center aligns perfectly with that goal, and we are proud to help support these local charities that are making a difference for people in need every day.” 


Coming up right after the Thanksgiving holiday, below are the charity initiatives and corresponding dates they will be featured at the PNC Winterfest from 5pm-10pm.


1. Peoria Friendship House “Stuff a Bus Program”, Nov. 30: Peoria Friendship House has been serving those in need on Peoria’s near north side and East Bluff area for the past 63 years providing food, meals, clothing, various educational programs and community support. The “Stuff a Bus” program asks community members to donate enough non-perishable food items to literally fill a classic CityLink Bus.


2. Central Illinois Agency on Aging (CIAA) “Feed a Senior Program”, Dec. 1: The CIAA provides information and services on a range of assistance for older adults and those who care for them. The “Feed a Senior Program” will help provide meals for local seniors and give them the support they need to stay and live comfortably in their own homes.


3. The Salvation Army “Tree of Lights Campaign”, Dec. 2: “Tree of Lights Campaign” raises funds to help the Salvation Army provide food, utilities, emergency rent and mortgage payments. Donations also fund local disaster relief and support, Community Youth Centers and more.


4. Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois – General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans, Dec. 3 The General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans is the only one of its kind in the state of Illinois, exclusively serving homeless veterans, providing housing, food, counseling and access to schooling and job training for up to ten individuals. All donations will go toward their ten-bedroom facility and holistic program that assesses the individual and customizes services to directly meet their needs.


5. Tazewell County Resource Centers (TCRC) – Vocational Training & Community Opportunities Program, Dec.7: TCRC offers a wide array of programs and services that benefit people with developmental disabilities and visual impairments living and working in our community. Donations on Dec. 7 will go toward all of TCRC’s ten programs that support these individuals.


6.CIAA “Socks for Seniors – Touch a Heart Program”, Dec. 8: The CIAA is requesting donations to help bring holiday cheer and warm socks this winter to those who need it most, particularly local seniors who need additional support and care.


7. TCRC “Taste of TCRC Kitchen Program”, Dec. 9: All donations go to The Taste of TCRC Kitchen which is putting people with disabilities to work and providing various services to the local community.  Over 50 TCRC staff members work  in a wide variety of areas in the commercial kitchen.  This includes a full catering operation , running their very own Taste of TCRC Kitchen Cafe', gardening,  selling produce at local farmers’ markets, preparing recipes, serving food to their peers, improving organizational skills, and fostering teamwork.


8. Goodwill Industries - Goodwill Veterans’ Services, Dec.10: All donations will go toward the Goodwill Veterans’ Services, helping our service men and women reintegrate into society by providing housing, job training and preparation, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and other support programs.


“PNC Winterfest is not only a terrific family fun event; it also creates an opportunity for us to give back to the community. To bring this to life, Humana has stepped up and eight wonderful programs will benefit from it,” said Beau Sutherland, Manager of Business Development at the Peoria Civic Center. “We are very excited about this partnership and we encourage the community to come down, skate and have fun – all while supporting these great causes.”


PNC Winterfest opens on Nov. 27, 2015 and will run through Jan. 3, 2016, featuring a 60-by-80-foot all-weather ice-skating rink, along with a 100-foot ice slide. Admission is $10 including skate rental, $8 if you bring your own skates and $5 for children three and under. The winter holiday event will also include a heated spectator tent, an entertainment stage, concessions and a Winterfest Market (open on Saturdays throughout the festival). 


For more information on the charities for this event, visit



About the Peoria Civic Center


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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, Houston’s 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.


About Humana


Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change, proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people we serve across the country.


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