IAA Foundation looks ahead to summer fundraising

Golf registration starts April 1.

The IAA Foundation starts accepting registrations April 1 for the annual golf outing. The June 13 golf competition in Pontiac will be the first 2019 fundraising event for Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. For details, visit iaafoundation.org. (File photo by Catrina Rawson)

By Kay Shipman

Warmer temperatures signal farmers’ busy season and a busy fundraising season for the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm.

The foundation’s season starts April 1 with registrations for the 23rd annual golf outing. Breanne Beisiegel, IAA Foundation operations and communications specialist, noted the golf outing will be June 13 in Pontiac at Elks Country Club and Wolf Creek Golf Club.

A schedule change for 5K Go and Grow makes the golf outing 2019’s first fundraising event. Traditionally, the 5K occurred during Mother’s Day weekend and the peak of college graduations. That busy weekend led the IAA Foundation to plan a fall 5K.

“We’re anticipating greater participation,” Beisiegel said, adding more students will be found on local college campuses.

“All of our event proceeds go to support Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC),” she said. In 2018, IATIC reached 694,449 students in preschool through eighth grade and 41,369 teachers with free classroom resources and training.

For the golf outing, sponsorships at many different levels are still available and are appreciated by April 5 to be included in all promotions, according to Beisiegel. For information, visit iaafoundation.org. Golfer registrations are due May 31.

The golf outing will again offer a $30 fast pass to gain access to all on-course contests. Registration will start at 9 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Evening festivities include a steak dinner banquet sponsored by COUNTRY Financial and an auction.

Video: Learn more about the IAA Foundation's annual golf outing, set for June 13 in Pontiac at the Elks Country Club and Wolf Creek Golf Club. 

In the fall, the annual 5K Go and Grow returns Sept. 14 to the grounds of the IFB headquarters in Bloomington. Runners can expect the traditional 5K, 1-mile walk and kids’ race. IAITC again will provide learning stations, and a free breakfast will be offered. Registration details will be provided in the future.

The capstone of fundraising events will occur during the IFB Annual Meeting in December in Chicago. Those again will include live and silent auctions, an ice cream social and a trivia night. Details will be provided in the future.

With the IAA Foundation season ramping up, Beisiegel said she’s “looking forward to a year of fun and fundraising.”