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Special Olympics Family Festival Seeking Volunteers for Landmark 40th Event

Multiple volunteer roles open, anyone 15 years and up can join the fun!                                                                                                                

MATTOON, Ill. – Aug. 31, 2023Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL) and the all-volunteer board of Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF) are seeking volunteers for this life-changing event on Sept. 16.

SOFF brings together Special Olympics Athletes from across the state for a fun-fill day of non-competitive games and activities, hayrides, a parade, karaoke, performances by Lake Land College cheerleaders and perennial favorite, Elvis Himselvis, and so much more.

“The Special Olympics Family Festival is a wonderful event that impacts the lives of all who attend,” said Dave Breen, president and CEO of Special Olympics Illinois. “It’s a beautiful day for volunteers, families, and staff to come together to strengthen the bond of the Special Olympics Illinois community and most importantly, celebrate our athletes.”

Volunteers ages 15 and up are needed for staffing activities and helping the event run smoothly. One of the most coveted volunteer roles are the Friend-For-A-Day, in which volunteers are paired up with an Athlete as they participate in games, activities and enjoy the day’s entertainment. Friend-For-A-Day volunteers must be 16 years or older. To sign up as a volunteer, please visit To learn more about SOFF, go to

Throughout SOFF’s 40 years of creating memories, the event has welcomed volunteers and Athletes all over Illinois, from as far as Springfield and Decatur. We are looking forward to making this an extra special SOFF, as we invited a generation of past volunteers to join us in celebrating this one-of-a-kind event.

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