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The 1st ever Michael Collins Memorial Invitational was held April 30th through May 3rd, 2015 at the Corn Crib. Fourteen Central Illinois high school teams participated, including five from Bloomington-Normal. The final game played was between Michael’s own Heartland Hawks and Parkland Cobras on Sunday afternoon.
2015 Michael Collins Memorial Invitational Schedule
Thursday , April 30:
4:30 Danville v Bloomington
7:00 Tri-Valley v Central Catholic
Friday, May 1
4:30 Normal Community v Lincoln
7:00 U-High v Normal Community West
Saturday, May 2
10:00 Heyworth v Lexington
12:30 Monticello v Olympia
3:00 Fieldcrest v LeRoy
Sunday, May 3
1:00 Parkland CC v Heartland CC
“IMAGINE no one is cold, no one is hungry, and every child will have a toy.”
Working with the Imagine group from Eastview, Michael’s foundation donated “19” new baseball gloves — each one with a ball and a Pay it Forward for Michael Collins card attached. This Christmas 19 children won’t have to imagine – as the love of Jesus will be delivered to them in MCStrong style!
More on Imagine from the Eastview Imagine Website: Imagine is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Jesus with our community. There are many families in McLean County who don’t have the resources to be able to buy food, Christmas presents and a warm coats around the Holiday Season. Through Imagine, we are able to meet some of these needs but more importantly, we will have the chance to sit down face to face and share the Good News of God’s great love with mothers, fathers, and children as they participate.
This Christmas they helped over 1000 families in McLean County!
Kelly Collins will be one of the two featured speakers at this event that takes place December 9th. Each organization supplies a “voice” to share their story, raise awareness and lobby for tougher DUI legislation.
The vigil is attended by Secretary of State, Jesse White, The Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, Cook County State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez and many other dignitaries.
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WGN Radio out of Chicago did a spot this AM with Michael’s mom and the Illinois Director of MADD. Listen from the 10:30 to 21:00 part of this segment.
On October 8th the Normal West volleyball team held MCStrong Night.
Behind the kills and digs of Tyler Brown and assists of Maddy Moser they defeated Chatham Glenwood 25-17, 25-14 in a non-conference match. But the big winner on the night was the Michael Collins Foundation.
The West team collected and donated $900.00 to the Foundation. Thank you to all the Wildcats and their great fans!
Retired Seat at the Corn Crib
The August 19th MCStrong Night at the Normal Cornbelters game brought in $5516.00 to the Michael Collins Foundation.
Money was raised via single game ticket sales, the 50-50 drawing and a sale of the MCStrong jerseys worn by all the Cornbelters. All enblazoned with #19.
They retired a seat in Michael’s honor that will never be sold again. And is located right behind the dugout of his beloved Heartland Hawks. A plaque in his honor will be hung at a later date at the VIP entrance. The McLean County Barn Quilt was on display that evening and will hang at the Corn Crib in his memory as well.
And in keeping with Michael’s theme of “Expect to Win” the Cornbelters beat the Schaumburg Boomers 7-4. After the game a great fireworks display was shot off all while some of Michael’s favorite songs played, and his picture adorned the centerfield scoreboard.
Thank you to the community and especially to the Normal Cornbelters for the great support!