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!
Thank you to Cross Fit Upper Edge for their July 5th fundraiser which raised $712.00 for the Michael Collins Foundation. Several family members attended the event which honored Michael so nicely.
An MCStrong banner will continue to hang there as they continue to pay tribute to Michael and the life he led.
The Cornbelters will be honoring Michael on Tuesday, August 19th when they take on the Schaumburg Boomers. Complete details are still being worked out but mark the date on your calendar! Here is more from WJBC.com and their website:
By WJBC Staff
NORMAL – The Normal CornBelters have announced they are hosting a Michael Collins Tribute Night on August 19.
The CornBelters are playing the Schaumburg Boomers at the Corn Crib at 7 p.m.
Collins was a member of the Heartland Community College baseball team for two seasons and was a current Illinois State University student before he died as a result of injuries he suffered in a car accident on April 2.
“Michael loved baseball, loved playing for Heartland, and loved playing at the Corn Crib. We are proud of the 22 years Michael spent on this earth,” said Jim Collins, Michael’s father. “Some of the very best days of his life were spent playing and practicing with the Heartland Hawks at the Corn Crib, and we are thrilled the CornBelters will pay tribute to him in a stadium that had a special place in his heart – and on the 19th no less.”
The CornBelters have teamed up with Heartland Community College to host a night to remember and celebrate the life of Collins.
“Heartland Community College and the Heartland Athletic Department thanks the Normal CornBelters in advance for creating a special night to honor the memory of Michael Collins but even more so to help carry on his spirit,” said Nate Metzger Director of Heartland Community College Athletics. “The spirit has already provided much widespread love and kindness among our community, and even nationally.”
The CornBelters are going to donate half of the revenue of the tickets sold from the night to the Michael Collins Foundation. In addition, they will create a blue seat behind the Heartland dugout on the 3rd base side of the ballpark and it will have Collins name on a plate on the seat back. The CornBelters will retire the seat after that date forever.
“We are honored the CornBelters are paying tribute to him with a special night and by dedicating ‘the best seat in the house’ to him,” said Collins. “We are so grateful for the CornBelters support of the Michael Collins Foundation, and for them and Heartland baseball working with us to place a memorial plaque in honor of Michael at the Corn Crib.”
The money that is raised that night from the 50/50 will be donated to the Michael Collins Foundation.
“It is appropriate that the date would be August 19th since Michael wore No. 19 and his jersey has since been retired here,” said Metzger. “We look forward to keeping Michael’s spirit alive and certainly the goal of his family & subsequent creation of the Michaels Collins Foundation is to continue to honor his legacy through random acts of kindness and a “pay it forward” attitude just like he exemplified and certainly this night will help do just that!”
The Michael Collins Foundation wants to thank Avanti’s and the B-N community for the tremdendous support with their June 2nd fundraiser. Avanti’s sent a $872.59 check to the foundation based on the percentage of sales that day.
Thank you to Upper Edge for their support of the Foundation!