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[March 01, 2007]  Parrot Heads, mark your calendars. On March 31 at 6 p.m., doors are opening at the American Legion to a "Cheeseburger in Paradise"-themed event to raise money for CIEDC senior programs.

The event will feature live musical entertainment by Gary Sluhan, a St. Louis musician who has perfected the sounds of various artists, including Jimmy Buffett. Comedians from the Mason City Limits comedy club will also be on hand to provide a good laugh. The event will feature as many cheeseburgers as you can eat, live auctions and more!

Since taking on the executive director position at CIEDC in August of 2005, Angela Stoltzenburg has been continually trying to figure out how to pull the CIEDC senior programs out of an operating deficit. While the services receive a grant from the Area Agency on Aging of Lincolnland and local support, they are still too costly for CIEDC to maintain without finding additional revenues.

All proceeds of the March 31 event are going to the Logan County and Mason County senior nutrition and transportation programs coordinated by CIEDC.

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"We are so excited about this event and look forward to seeing everyone out supporting our local seniors," said Stoltzenburg. "We know that the CIEDC senior programs make a difference in the lives of many Logan and Mason County residents, and we want to see them succeed. The demand for services keeps increasing, but with that comes increasing expenses. In 2006, we were challenged by a 50 percent increase in our vehicle fuel bill, and in 2007 we will be faced with the minimum wage increase. I look forward to a day of raising funds solely to purchase an extra vehicle or new radios, but for now we are just trying to maintain our current level of services."

Tickets are on sale now for $25 each or $40 for a couple. To purchase or reserve tickets, call 217-732-2159, ext. 0. For more information, visit

[Text from file received from Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.]

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