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Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics Family Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19

August 4, 2015 – Consolidated Communications is looking for volunteers to help make the 32nd Annual Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF) a day to remember for approximately 800 Special Olympics Athletes this September.

General event volunteers and Friend-For-A-Day volunteers are needed for the festival on Saturday, Sept. 19, which will be held at the Lake Land College. SOFF volunteers are needed to serve food, work in game areas, help award prizes and assist with other activities.

Anna Bright, 2015 SOFF chairperson, recently announced “Toon Town Express” as the theme for the 2015 festival. “We have a great day planned for our athletes and we hope to bring back memories of those Saturday morning programs with our favorite cartoon characters joining in the fun. I’m also excited to announce that we’ll have the original Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo at the event,” she added.

Members of the SOFF Planning Committee are hoping local residents will be just as excited and eager to volunteer. “This is a theme everyone is familiar with and can rally around,” Bright said. “Spending time at SOFF as a Friend-For-A-Day is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. All it takes is your time and willingness to be a friend.”

Unlike traditional Special Olympic events, SOFF is a non-competitive day centered on games and activities in a carnival-type atmosphere for pre-registered Special Olympic Athletes from Regions 8, 9, 10 and 17. SOFF begins with an opening ceremony, a parade and continues with many games and activities including: a softball throw, basketball shoot, dunk tank, ring toss and bowling.
SOFF is a non-smoking event and is not open to the public. All SOFF volunteers must be 16 or older and must sign up as a volunteer prior to the event. Registration is easy by visiting to sign up as a general volunteer or to sign up as a FFAD, simply go to Learn more about the event at the Special Olympics Family Festival Facebook page. Call 800.434.SOFF if you have questions.

Local residents who are interested in signing up as a SOFF volunteer can go to the company’s Web site at and download a registration form. Forms are also available for pick up at our local Communication Center at 1321 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon. To request a registration form, email or call 800-434-SOFF. You can also learn more about SOFF and watch a video on Facebook at Special Olympics Family Festival.

SOFF was founded by Consolidated Communications in 1984, and continues to be sponsored and organized by its employees along with representatives from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.

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