Western Avenue Community Center

WACC - News

We welcome you to take a look at some of the events and other items that we've either hosted or participated in. New items are added as events take place, so be sure to visit this webpage again.

Cinco de Mayo  -  May 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Fiesta Cinco de Mayo 2017 raised $8,870.04 for the Hispanic Outreach Program at WACC and will enable us to continue to serve Latino children, families and individuals all year long.

Our success is due to the generous sponsors of our event - Mr. John Schoening, American Family Insurance Agent Kathy Alwes-Petri, Afni, Health Alliance, Mr. Eric Rehtmeyer, Mr. Michael Jones, and Mr. Jay Taylor - as well as to the absolutely amazing crowd of families and individuals who bought tickets to our event, enjoyed delicious tacos & tamales, and participated in a celebration of Mexican culture right here in Bloomington-Normal. If you missed this year's event please mark your calendar for next year!  Thank you to all our sponsors!

Cinco de Mayo - May 2017

The Bianca Boys!

Cinco de Mayo - May 2017

Carla Barnes playing Loteria.


Cinco de Mayo - May 2017

Folkloric Dancers entertained everyone.

Cinco de Mayo - May 2017

Bottle Dance!


Cinco de Mayo - May 2017

Loteria

Cinco de Mayo - May 2017

Denny and Saul at the Fiesta.


Cinco de Mayo - May 2017

Kitchen volunteers!

Cinco de Mayo - May 2017

The bar!


Valentine's Dinner Dance  -  February 2017

Everyone enjoyed the Western Avenue Community Center Valentine’s Dinner Dance at 600 N. Western Avenue in Bloomington on Monday, February 20. Entertainment was provided by The Dynamics!  Join us next year for this fun event!

Valentine’s Dinner Dance - February 2017
Valentine’s Dinner Dance - February 2017

Valentine’s Dinner Dance - February 2017
Valentine’s Dinner Dance - February 2017

Volunteer Day  -  February 2017

Western Avenue Community Center had a Volunteer Day on Saturday, February 18. We had 40 volunteers including our own Girls Only Teen Club, members of the Black Student Union at Illinois State University, and members of the Student Senate at Illinois Wesleyan University. We also had individuals from the community who spared a few hours out of their Saturday to clean, paint, scrape, sort, organize, staple workbooks, power wash and assemble a wheelbarrow for our garden. We offer a huge Thank You to everyone who participated in the Volunteer Day to help Western Avenue Community Center!

Volunteer Day - February 2017
Volunteer Day - February 2017

Volunteer Day - February 2017
Volunteer Day - February 2017

Volunteer Day - February 2017
Volunteer Day - February 2017

Volunteer Day - February 2017
Volunteer Day - February 2017

Volunteer Day - February 2017
Volunteer Day - February 2017

Volunteer Day - February 2017

Three Kings Day  -  January 2017

Epiphany, or Dia de los Reyes Magos (the three wisemen), was festively celebrated by about 70 people at the center on Friday, January 6, 2017. The evening include a performance by Ballet Folklorico de Central Illinois, the inspiring life story as told by our state's Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, who is the daughter of a Cuban refugee and a father from Ecuador and, of course, it was all topped off with treats handed out to children by the three kings.

The Latino Women’s Support group at WACC has traditionally celebrated los Reyes Magos with a small celebration but this year with a notable Latina speaker in attendance, the center expanded its observance of the holiday.

Three Kings Day - January 2017

Everyone was entertained by the Ballet Folklorico de Central Illinois!

Three Kings Day - January 2017

The children received treats from the Three Kings.


Three Kings Day - January 2017

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Socorro Alvarez.

Three Kings Day - January 2017

Everyone enjoyed the the program!


90th Anniversary Gala  -  March 2016

Thank you to everyone who helped Western Avenue Community Center celebrate at the 90th Anniversary Gala at the Castle Theatre on Friday, March 11. It was a fun way to celebrate 90 years!

A special thank you to our sponsors for the evening: John Schoening, State Farm, Clay Dooley Tire & Auto, and Toni Farrington. Check out the event program to see all of the wonderful individuals who helped put this event together!

90th Anniversary Gala - March 2016

Western Avenue Community Center - Anniversary Gala on the Castle Theatre marquee!

90th Anniversary Gala - March 2016

Jeff and Eric in front of a really neat old car!


90th Anniversary Gala - March 2016

Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a fun evening.

90th Anniversary Gala - March 2016

The Fat Babies, Robert Mangialardi and Marcia Basolo entertained the crowd.


90th Anniversary Gala - March 2016

Rep. Dan Brady congratulates Amy and Western Avenue for its 90th year of service to the community!

90th Anniversary Gala - March 2016

Western Avenue Community Center staff gathers around John Schoening on stage for a great moment.


90th Anniversary Gala - March 2016

The crowd enjoyed the game.

90th Anniversary Gala - March 2016

The Cigarette Girls were fabulous!


Playground Ribbon Cutting  -  August 2015

Western Avenue Community Center's Playground Equipment has been installed and many supporters gathered on Wednesday, August 26 for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!  Everyone had a great time, especially the kids who will enjoy the playground equipment. It was a nice evening and many enjoyed the food too.

A huge Thank You goes out to everyone who helped with this project or provided support!  We couldn't have taken on this project without the support of many.

Playground Ribbon Cutting - August 2015

Denny Steele speaks to the crowd gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Playground Ribbon Cutting - August 2015

Lisa Barton speaks to the kids and grown ups too!


Playground Ribbon Cutting - August 2015

Representative Dan Brady addresses the crowd.

Playground Ribbon Cutting - August 2015

Mayor Tari Renner spoke to everyone too.


Playground Ribbon Cutting - August 2015

Representative Dan Brady, Alderman Scott Black, Denny Steele, Mayor Tari Renner, and children gather for the ribbon cutting.

Playground Ribbon Cutting - August 2015

The cutting of the ribbon!  Time to celebrate!


Playground Ribbon Cutting - August 2015

The wonderful new playground equipment!

Playground Ribbon Cutting - August 2015

It was a very nice evening for the ribbon cutting!


Playground Revitalization Project  -  July 2015

Western Avenue Community Center's Playground Revitalization Project has begun!  There were three workdays to dismantle and remove the existing playground (July 11, 15, and 25). A special thanks to Tracy Boitnott for the use of the Bobcat used to remove the vertical posts. Also thank you to everyone who helped with the removal of the equipment: Amy, Tony & Tommy Cottone, Donny, Jeff Gendron, Mike Jones, Eric Rehtmeyer, Brian Trower, Denny Steele, and Jeff Woodard.

The new playground equipment will be installed in the next few weeks!  Stop by again for the next project update.

Playground Revitalization Project - July 2015

Jeff Woodard, Brian Trower & Denny Steele

Playground Revitalization Project - July 2015

Tony, Donny, Denny & Tommy


Playground Revitalization Project - July 2015

Jeff, Brian & Denny

Playground Revitalization Project - July 2015

Posts are down!


Playground Revitalization Project - July 2015

Denny & Donny

Playground Revitalization Project - July 2015

Denny, Tony & Donny


Playground Revitalization Project - July 2015

Existing playground is gone!

Wish Bone Canine Rescue Vaccination Clinic  -  June 20, 2015

On Saturday, June 20 Wish Bone Canine Rescue held a Vaccination Clinic for low income residents. Owners had the opportunity to bring in their pets for rabies vaccinations and get the vaccinations registered. The work of Bernard Bleem DVM of Kruger Animal Hospital, WBCR pre-veterinary students, WBCR volunteers, and McLean County Animal Control made this event possible.

Wish Bone Canine Rescue Vaccination Clinic - June 2015
Wish Bone Canine Rescue Vaccination Clinic - June 2015

Wish Bone Canine Rescue Vaccination Clinic - June 2015
Wish Bone Canine Rescue Vaccination Clinic - June 2015
Wish Bone Canine Rescue Vaccination Clinic - June 2015
Wish Bone Canine Rescue Vaccination Clinic - June 2015

WACC Golf Scramble -  May 29, 2015

The Western Avenue Community Center's Golf Scramble fundraiser took place on Friday, May 29 at Ironwood Golf Course with a 12:00 PM shotgun start. A great time was had by all and the weather co-operated with us too.

A special thank you goes out to all the Sponsors for this event and to all the Golfers who participated!

Golf Scramble - May 2015

Sponsors

Hole Sponsors
Silver:

Willie Brown, Clemens & Associates, Mike Jones

Hole Sponsors
Bronze:

DePew & Dehn, Deneen & Deneen, Rick Dillman, Michael Harris

Dinner Sponsor:

Eric Rehtmeyer

Lunch Sponsor:

Avanti's

Prize Sponsors:

Bandana's, Willie Boyd, Jeff Burtis, Mark Fryer, Illinois State University, Ironwood, Eric Rehtmeyer


Golf Scramble - May 2015
Golf Scramble - May 2015

Golf Scramble - May 2015
Golf Scramble - May 2015

Golf Scramble - May 2015
Golf Scramble - May 2015

Golf Scramble - May 2015
Golf Scramble - May 2015

Golf Scramble - May 2015
Golf Scramble - May 2015

2nd Annual Dance Showcase  -  April 24, 2015

The WACC 2nd Annual Dance Showcase at Holiday Inn and Suites in Bloomington was a great evening!  The dancers were great!  Dance groups included the Peoria Latin Vibe, Tenth Muse Dance, Swinging Spurs, and BCAI School of Arts. There was also a West Coast routine and Waltz routine. The dance floor was opened up to everyone after the performances and everyone had a wonderful time!  Money raised from the event is going towards new playground equipment.

WACC offers a huge thank you to Jon Young for recruiting the dancers to appear in the showcase. Jon did a wonderful job bringing the performers together for this event!

Dance Showcase - April 2015

Jon Young and his dance partner perform a ballroom style dance.

Dance Showcase - April 2015

Tenth Muse Dance


Dance Showcase - April 2015

Swinging Spurs

Dance Showcase - April 2015

BCAI School of Arts


Dance Showcase - April 2015

The Dance Showcase attendees enjoyed social dance time.

Dance Showcase - April 2015

Congratulations to the Swinging Spurs from Kansas State for winning the competition!


Dance Showcase - April 2015

The Dance Showcase was judged by celebrity guest judge "Miss Janet" Hayslip Streenz and Norma Espinõ of Western Avenue.

Senior Christmas Dinner Dance!  -  December 18, 2014

The Senior Christmas Dinner Dance took place on Thursday, December 18 at Western Avenue Community Center!  What an incredible Senior Christmas Dinner Dance program it was with the help of our great staff, teens, State Farm volunteers, and adults and cutie kids from Bloomington's own Holiday Spectacular and producer Marcia Basolo!  A great time was had by all!

Senior Christmas Dinner Dance - December 2014

Great food was served to all!

Senior Christmas Dinner Dance - December 2014

Everyone enjoyed the meal!


Senior Christmas Dinner Dance - December 2014

There was a great turn out for this event.

Senior Christmas Dinner Dance - December 2014

Happy participants!


3rd Annual WACC Intercity Food Fight  -  November 24, 26, 28, 29 and December 1, 2014

The 3rd Annual WACC Intercity Food Fight took a different twist in 2014. The Food Fight took place on November 24, 26, 28, 29 and December 1 at the Intercity Basketball Tournament at the IWU Shirk Center. Non-perishable items were collected at the games, as well as the schools the week prior to the tournament. Collected items were counted as opposed to being weighed. Bloomington High School won the Food Fight with the most food collected. A big Thank You goes out to all the schools and people who contributed!

Food Fight - November 2014

Bloomington High School won the Food Fight!

Food Fight - November 2014

Thank you to the schools and people who contributed!


Back to School Parade!  -  August 29, 2014

Western Avenue Community Center staff walked in the Sheridan School Back to School parade!

Back to School Parade! - August 2014

Penny Carnival  -  May 21, 2014

WACC had a Penny Carnival at Lawrence Irvin Neighborhood Center on Wednesday, May 21!  Admission was Pennies!  This was an "end of school" party for the kids in Sunnyside housing and those who participate in programs at LINC. We asked the community to collect pennies to help pay the kids Admission and to pay for the food served. Everyone had a great time!

Penny Carnival - May 2014

The bouncy house was a favorite!

Penny Carnival - May 2014

A great time was had by all!


Penny Carnival - May 2014

Kids having fun!

Penny Carnival - May 2014

The Penny Carnival was a fun event for the kids!


2nd Annual Westside 5k Run & Walk  -  April 13, 2014

A morning of fitness and fun included our Girls Only teen group and a couple WACC staff, who participated in the Second Annual Westside 5k Run & Walk on Sunday, April 13. The race began and ended in front of LINC and the Boys & Girls Club. Everyone beat the rain!  All proceeds benefitted Westside nonprofits.

2nd Annual Westside 5k Run & Walk - April 2014

A big thank you goes out to everyone who participated, volunteers and staff. Thank you!

1st Annual Dance Showcase  -  March 28, 2014

The WACC 1st Annual Dance Showcase at The Chateau in Bloomington was a huge success!  Many people turned out for this event and the dancers were great!  Dance groups included the Bollywood, BCAI, West Coast, ISU Swing and the Peoria Latin vibe. The dance floor was opened up to everyone after the performances and everyone had a wonderful time!  Over $7,600 was raised for new playground equipment!

WACC offers a huge thank you to Jon Young of Rosati's Pizza in Normal for recruiting the dancers to appear in the showcase. Jon did a wonderful job bringing the performers together for this event!

Dance Showcase - March 2014

Dan Woodman was the MC for the Dance Showcase event. Thank you, Dan!

Dance Showcase - March 2014

The first Dance group to perform was Bollywood, which included Shweta, Deepti, Mebi, and Gitanjali!


Dance Showcase - March 2014

The next set of dancers was BCAI. What else can we say, they were adorable!

Dance Showcase - March 2014

Another picture of the BCAI performers!


Dance Showcase - March 2014

The Peoria Latin Vibe was very steamy!  Performers included Marcus Hamp, Susann Mann, Brian Sutton, Megan Buss, Mahamoudou Traore, and Reyes Gamez!

Dance Showcase - March 2014

Following the performances the dance floor was opened up to everyone!  Many people showed their best dance moves and were great!  The kids were especially wonderful!


Dance Showcase - March 2014

Beautiful picture that was painted by the WACC kids!  This picture was auctioned at the Dance Showcase. Notecards were also available that featured this picture on the front!