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Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz campaign fundraiser to be hosted in Monticello

From the desk of Tom Kacich at The News-Gazette earlier this week, it was announced that Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is running for President in 2016, will be making an appearance in Monticello:

The first presidential campaign event of the 2016 campaign in central Illinois will occur later this month when U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — the first announced presidential contender — comes to Monticello.

The Texas Republican will be at a $1,000 a plate dinner on Tuesday, April 21, at the home of Drs. Barbara and James Kammer in Monticello.

“I don’t know him,” said Barbara Kammer. “This has grown out of some interest on the part of one of my children. Anyway, it’s grown into quite an adventure.”

With good weather, she said, the reception could include as many as 60 guests.

“It’s exciting,” she said, “because we don’t have this caliber of political candidate in our area very often."

Being included on the host committee would cost a donation of $25,000. Attending the VIP reception before the dinner goes for $2,700 per person.

I have a few questions:

$1,000 a plate? $2,700 for "VIP"? Sure, I get it — this is a fundraising event. But still, yikes.

Dr. Barbara Kammer — you don't know him personally, or you don't know of him?

$25,000 to be a host for this type of thing. Whoa. Again, fundraising!

If you aren't familiar with Senator Cruz, this might entertain you a bit after learning that he's running for President.


Caribbean Grill and Events at Refinery Mother’s Day Brunch tickets available

Ticket's for Mother's Day buffet brunch at Refinery are on sale now. The event is catered by Caribbean Grill/Signature Events, but it is not Caribbean cuisine, which is a bummer. That's not to say that it won't be delicious. Check out the menu below. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $15 for kids. There are two seatings: 11 a.m. for adults and kids, and 1:30 p.m. for adults only. You can get your tickets here. Oh, and did I mention bottomless mimosas?


Prairie Fruits Farm Fresh Chevre is Chicagoist’s Cheese of the Month

If you've had Prairie Fruits Farm's Fresh Chevre, then you know. This is the creamiest, most delicious soft cheese in the world. And according to Chicagoist.com, it's April's Cheese of the Month

The fresh goat cheese season is upon us; you can pick up your container of cheese at these fine local establishments, or at this Saturday's farm open house (9 a.m. to noon). 


Photo from Prairie Fruits Farm Facebook page. 


We The Animals launches GoFundMe fundraiser

We The Animals needs your help to fund the recording and release of a new album. The band started a GoFundMe page and is accepting donations for the expensive task of making a record. As a bonus incentive, in exchange for a contribution of $50 or more, you'll get a "We The Animals care package" which includes a vinyl or CD copy of the album, among other stuff. Head over to the GoFundMe page to make a donation.


Research Park hosting 9th annual Corporate Career Fair April 8th

From the Facebook event:

This will be the 9th annual Corporate Internships & Careers Fair to take place in the Research Park. The Career Fair is a great way for students who are specifically interested in working in the Research Park to meet with employers, both startups and corporate operations.

Location: John Deere Building (Z3), 2021 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Sponsors: University of Illinois Research Park, Fox/Atkins Development,Engineering Career Services - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MBA Career Services, ACES Career Services, Graduate College Career Services, School of Chemical Sciences, Biotechnology Career Services,The Career Center at Illinois

Companies Recruiting:
Abbott CareersAbbVieAgribleAkuna CapitalAmerenArcher Daniels MidlandCaterpillar, Charmworks, Common Ground PublishingThe Dow Chemical Company, Grainger, IHotel and Conference Center, Illinois Applied Research Institute, John Deere, Jump Labs, Lextech Global Services, Network Perception, Phi Optics, Raytheon, University of Illinois Research Park, Riverbed Technology, Inc., Starfire IndustriesState Farm Research & Development Center, The HDF Group, Turn Inc., Veriflow Systems, Waterborne Environmental, Wolfram Research, and Yahoo. More to come! 

For the most up-to-date list of recruiting companies, visitresearchpark.illinois.edu/resources/career-fair


Turn your passion into a business

NOBE Illinois and the Cracked Food Truck have paired up for a presentation: Turn your passion into a business

At 5 p.m., Thursday, April 23rd the public is invited to Everitt Lab 165 to eat some Cracked Food Truck food and hear owner Daniel Krause talk about how he got his food business off the ground, and how you can do the same. Here's the info, per the Facebook event:

Ever thought about starting your own business? Have a passion that you want to turn into a career? Come listen to a presentation by Cracked, hosted by NOBE. Food from the truck will be served!

Daniel Krause is the owner of the Cracked Food Truck that has grown into the UIUC campus culture. His talk will range from the beginning of his business to the current presence on campus; in particular, how to go from just a food stand into a business, how to better market the truck, how to pick locations, what to do in the summers, where to get their supplies from...etc.

The talk will be followed by open questions and of course Cracked food will be there! We are finding the best way to provide as many people with food as possible. Stay tuned for a possible sign up system if need be. Make sure to join this event if going, as this is how we will gauge attendance for food. All are welcome.

Check the event page for details, as the location may change. 

Photo from Facebook. 


Reflect Yoga and Allerton Park team up for Reflect + Glo

From the Facebook event:

We are very excited to announce a little partnership with Allerton Park and Retreat Center/Allerton Trails Half-Marathon and 10K for our April 10th Happy Hour with Lauren (LQ Yoga)! 

Here are all the details! 

Sign up for the Allerton Trail-Glo 5K at http://bit.ly/1OBc3x9 and use discount code REFLECT for $5 off (you will get this opportunity on the 3rd page, after you've filled in your info, and it includes a free t-shirt with glow-in-the-dark paint, sweet!). Registration Dealine: April 1st.

Then at 5:45 p.m., the day of the race, warm up at Reflect Yoga Therapy with Lauren's Ashtanga Express Happy Hour. Those registered with the race will receive half-off the drop-in fee ($10)! If it is your first time at Reflect, we recommend you come in 10-15 minutes earlier to fill out paperwork. 

Afterwards we'll provide a FREE and easy to-go snack to take with you on our caravan out to Allerton to run their 5K together! 

We will also have a donation basket out for the Make-A-Wish Illinois at Reflect the week of — which we will take with us to Allerton to add to their final donation! 

Any questions on the 5k, please contact athmdirector@gmail.com or visit their site at http://www.allertontrailshalfmarathon.com/races.html

Any questions on the Reflect Happy Hour yoga, please contact info@reflectyogatherapy.com