FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — With so many worthwhile nonprofit organizations in the Freeport area trying to raise money, it can be hard to decide which events to support. On any given weekend, multiple nonprofit organizations compete with one another to gain the attention of the public.
If only there was a way these groups could coordinate and work together, instead of against each other.
Enter “Eats and Beats,” a two-day event being coordinated by over 20 Freeport area nonprofit organizations. The event will feature live music from local and regional bands, as well as a variety of foods prepared by various nonprofit groups.
The event will take place in downtown Freeport on Friday, September 27 and Saturday September 28.
Up to 25 nonprofits will prepare one or two dishes each, which they will sell at the event. Food selections are coordinated in advance to ensure that a wide variety of food choices will be available. Proceeds from the sale of food over the weekend will be divided among the participating nonprofit organizations.
This year the headlining acts will be Pearl Jam Tribute Chicago on Friday, and Hello Weekend on Saturday. Other local acts will be performing, including Sean Huguenin, The Exiles, Carson Hartog, Kris Valkema, Mr. Ed and the Ryan and Joe Trio.
To date, the following nonprofit groups have been involved with food booths, planning, or providing resources for the event, according to the group’s Facebook page. Those are;
- Blackhawk School PTA
- Contact of Northern Illinois
- DD Homes
- Downtown Freeport Events
- East Gate Christian Center
- Freeport Area Church Cooperative
- Freeport Park District
- FHN Community Foundation
- FHN Counseling
- Freeport High School Pom Pon Squad
- Greater Freeport Partnership
- Light the Night Freedom Festival
- Malcolm Eaton Enterprises
- Prince of Peace Church
- The Salvation Army
- Senior Resource Center
- Spirit Paper
- University of Illinois Extension Office
- 610 Music Festival
Admission to the event will cost $3.00. Children five and under are free.
For more announcements about the participating nonprofit organizations and event sponsors, look up the Freeport Area Eats and Beats page on Facebook.