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Friendship Walk at The Corn Crib on Saturday, April 14
03/26/2018 3:21 PM -

The CornBelters and The Corn Crib, presented by Illinois Corn Growers, announced a community partnership with Best Buddies Illinois as the venue sponsor of their Friendship Walk on Saturday, April 14th.

Funds raised through the Friendship Walk benefits Best Buddies – the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This year’s goal is to raise $86,000.

“We are so excited to bring the 4th Annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk to The Corn Crib this year.  With more than 1,000 walkers coming from throughout Central Illinois, there is no better place to celebrate community and the gift of friendship than the place where, as American’s favorite past-time, the two have been meeting naturally for years,” said Area Director of Best Buddies Illinois Jamie Davis. “The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the driving force behind our local expansion and this year, when our goal is achieved, we will be able to bring the gift of friendship to elementary schools, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Friendship Walk is the ultimate party, and we can’t wait for the community to come out and support us at this free, family-friendly event.”

The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.

Their programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD through three program pillars:

  • One-to-One Friendships: Builds friendships between people with and without IDD, offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion.
  • Integrated Employment: Secures jobs for people with IDD, allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and support themselves.
  • Leadership Development: Educates and empowers people with and without IDD to be leaders, public speakers, and advocates.

For more information on how you can participate, support, and celebrate this year’s Best Buddies Illinois Friendship Walk on Saturday, April 14th visit


The CornBelters will be hosting a “Best Buddies Night” during their 2018 regular season on Friday, June 8th with Best Buddies Illinois as the community spotlight partner of the game. The CEFCU Entertaining Friday on June 8th features a CornBelter mini-bat giveaway to the first 500 fans through gates beginning at 6:05 p.m. (first pitch at 7:05). Participants from this year’s Friendship Walk will be recognized on the field before the game.

“We are excited to be partnering with a great organization that shares a similar passion for supporting our local community and its members,” said CornBelters Vice President of Ticket Sales Ryan Eucker. “The Friendship Walk on April 14th will be a great event, and we hope the community will join us for our Best Buddies Night at a CornBelters game to continue to support Best Buddies Illinois.”

Fans can purchase tickets to the game and support Best Buddies Illinois using promo code “BUDDIES” when purchasing tickets online at, over the phone by calling 309-454-2255, or by visiting the MICU Box Office at The Corn Crib. For each Reserved Box Seat purchased ($10 each) using the promo code, $5 will go back to Best Buddies Illinois.