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Thank you for joining the 46th annual

St. Jude Telethon

Peoria, Illinois  |  Aug. 5, 2023

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We are so grateful for all of you who participated, gave and joined us in the fight against pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases. For 46 years, the St. Jude Telethon has given our community a way to further the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.® Everywhere. 

The 2023 St. Jude Telethon was a live broadcast from the Peoria Civic Center on WEEK 25. It was an opportunity for local leaders and St. Jude supporters to serve as Telethon VIPs who are committed to raising funds for the kids of St. Jude and recognized during the St. Jude Telethon.

All proceeds from this event benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live..

To learn more about next year's event or volunteer opportunities, contact Corinne Olson at or (309) 566-3500.

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Thank you to our committee members


Telethon Co-Chairs

James & Martha Ingold
John Kocher
Rick & Sherry Semonis

Peoria Committee

Carolyn Alaksiewicz  •  Mark & Leah Day •  James Fisher  •  Lana Frake  •  Erin Hunsley  •  John & Kelli Janssen  •  Amy Jones  •  Sue Kelley  •  Todd Kollar  •  Dave Lennie  •  Jennifer Mathews  •  Mike McCoy  •  Tina Nester  •  Brian Pickerill  •  Ryan Pierson  •  Steve & Kelly Shaw  •  Matt Smutz  •  Nicole Sudholt


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Click below to find additional events, volunteer opportunities and more ways to connect with St. Jude supporters in Peoria, Bloomington-Normal and all across Central & Southern Illinois and Iowa.

Ways to Support St. Jude in Central & Southern Illinois and Iowa