2023 Peoria
Walk to Defeat ALS Details

Walk Theme: Sunflower Field of Dreams · Chapter Colors: Red & Yellow · Chapter Symbol: Sunflower

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Your 2023 Walk to Defeat ALS Staff

Our staff is here to help you every step of the way! Want to know the best ways to fundraise? Curious about t-shirts? These gals can cover all that and more! Please do not hesitate to reach out...ever...we mean it!

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Kendra Albers
Vice President of Development
217-898-9677 (cell)

Kendra Albers has spent her entire career in the non-profit sector fundraising for incredible organizations such as Special Olympics, American Cancer Society, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Kendra joined The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter in 2015 as the Walk to Defeat ALS Program Manager before transitioning to the Director of Development in 2019 and Vice President of Development in 2022.

Interested in becoming one of our amazing Walk sponsors? Connect with Kendra today!

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Betty Magana
Administrative Coordinator
312-932-0000 (office)

Betty Magana is proud to be one of the newest team members of The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. As Administrative Coordinator, she strives everyday to show compassion, empathy and respect for others. Betty was born in Chicago but was raised and live in Joliet with her husband and son. Being a mom is her biggest motivation and makes her want to be the best version she can be. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, and hopes to do a lot more traveling to show her son around the world.

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Samantha Courter
Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator
312-932-0000 (office)

After three years of participating and volunteering with the Walk to Defeat ALS, Samantha joined the staff of the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter as Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator in early 2019. With a background in theatre, digital production, and communications, Samantha is honored and energized to be working daily on a cause so close to her heart.


  • Thank you for a WONDERFUL event day, participants. Click here for information on our event totals, photos, next steps, and more.
  • Our Home Stretch Challenge is now closed. Thank you to everyone who was "YETI" for a challenge and participated in our lead-up challenge to event day.
  • Unable to make it on Walk Day? No problem: learn all about our award-winning Mini-Walks to Defeat ALS here.


Due to its smashing success in 2022, Sunflower Field of Dreams returns as our 2023 event theme.

As many of you know, the sunflower is the official symbol of The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. We incorporate the sunflower in many aspects of our chapter from the Sunflower Station at events to Season’s Sunflower Hour (our bi-monthly live show on Twitch) to our recurring gifts program, Operation Sunflower, and more! The “Field of Dreams” is a nod to baseball and the original Iron Horse himself, Lou Gehrig.

Thank you to our Ambassadors for their input and guidance when choosing our theme. The possibilities are endless to incorporate this unique and fitting theme in your team names, tent decorations, team shirts, and more. We hope you love it as much as us and we look forward to fighting back against ALS with you in a Sunflower Field of Dreams!


Save the Dates

Lou Gehrig Day with the Chicago White Sox | Friday, June 2
Lou Gehrig Day with the Chicago Cubs | Thursday, June 15
Kick-Off Video Release Date | Saturday, July 15
Team GGG Movie Night | Tuesday, September 5
Champaign Walk to Defeat ALS | Sunday, September 10
Memorial Pickelball Tourament for Ron Sullivan | Saturday, September 30
Golf to Defeat ALS | Saturday, September 30

Walk to Defeat ALS Tools

We want you to be successful AND have fun! Therefore, we are working hard on creating content that is practical, helpful, and enjoyable.

Deposit Slips | for use turning in offline donations
Pledge Sheet | Print this worksheet out and keep track of your donations
Social Media Tools | Whether you are on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, we have you covered
Participant Handbook | your start-to-finish guide for the Walk to Defeat ALS as a participant or team captain

Event T-Shirts


Event T-Shirts

Only participants who've fundraised $90 will get a t-shirt. This benefit is awarded to individuals, not teams or donors, so make sure the donations to your personal fundraising record add up!

In addition to working toward one for yourself, you should spread the word to encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to earn their very own shirt.

Event shirts may still be earned post-event, while supplies last.



Our sponsors make the Walk to Defeat ALS possible and we are so grateful for their support. Is your company interested in becoming a partner in our Walk to Defeat ALS? Contact Kendra Albers!



A Walk Day favorite returns: the basket raffle! We ask each team to donate at least one basket to the table.

  • Please ensure your basket has an estimated value of $25 or more.
  • Items do not have to be inside a physical basket.
  • Themed baskets (holiday, season, kids, food, sports, gift certificates, cleaning products, etc.) go over very well.
  • Handmade items are welcome and encouraged.
  • Tickets will be sold on Walk Day in-person only.
  • Individuals must be present to win.
  • All proceeds go directly to the Walk to Defeat ALS.


Coming Soon: Visit our Media Kit page for information to share with local journalists.

Get Social

Join the Facebook group made especially for members of the Peoria Walk to Defeat ALS here, and follow the Chapter's page here. Whether you are on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, we have you covered with Social Media Graphics & Tips just for you!

Fundraising tools at your fingertips

Did you know that you can raise money for this year’s Walk through Facebook? Connect your fundraising page with Facebook's Fundraising platform to easily ask for support from your network! 

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We've Gone Mobile!

Your fundraising has gone mobile thanks to the Walk to Defeat ALS mobile & tablet app. Now you can fundraise on the go by sending emails, monitoring your fundraising progress and updating your page. 



Thank you to our Local Sponsors

Thank You to Our National Sponsors

Our Local Presenting Sponsor

Our Local Sponsors