Central Illinois Parrothead Club!
Central Illinois PHC was founded in 1994 by Pete Trainor, and was based in Bloomington IL until 2015. At that time the base of operations was officially moved to Peoria to reflect the current membership demographics.
Our club has wavered in membership throughout the years but has had significant growth in the past two years. We are currently just over 50 members..
Our biggest annual event is the Leather and Leis River Run and Party, held in July. This event benefits Illinois CancerCare Foundation. The format is similar to a poker run, but not limited to motorcycles and without the gambling/poker card aspect. We have guests on bikes, cars, boats, jet skis and even 2 party buses stopping at beach bars along the Illinois River.
We end the day with a party at the East Peoria Boat Club with food, live music, auctions and the usual Parrot Head Phun.
This event began on a small scale in 2012, and has broken its previous fundraising totals each of the six years. This year we broke the five-figure mark and will donate a record $10,000.00 to Illinois CancerCare Foundation!
Obviously Illinois CancerCare Foundation is close to our hearts,they are the beneficiary of our largest fundraiser. Nearly everyone has a family member, friend or loved one who has been impacted by this disease, and CIPHC wants to do its part to ‘kick Cancer’s butt’. We also like charities that benefit veterans.
We have a club ‘Game Night’ party in February where members donate canned goods and cash to benefit a local veteran food pantry. Additionally, members serve breakfast to veterans at a local VFW on Veteran’s Day. And of course, we have had walking teams in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s since 2013.
Parrot Heads worldwide are known for being friendly and congenial – but I don’t think you can get much more friendly than pholks from the heartland!
Central Illinois members not only work well together at fundraisers, we also want to spend time together even at non PH functions.
The format of our largest fundraiser, Leather and Leis River Run and Party, is also somewhat unique.
The typical Saturday night party with a band format is always fun, but there is a different vibe to an all-day moving party for charity
To find out more about the Central Illinois PHC (or join them!), check out their website: