THE SPONSORS2018-12-04T13:35:58+00:00

A HUGE AND HEARTFELT THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

A HUGE AND HEARTFELT THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

Illinois Times
MJ Kellner Foodservice

Illinois Times

Founded in 1975, Illinois Times is the region’s voice for arts and culture and provides Springfield’s premier arts-and-entertainment section, including a comprehensive calendar of events, weekly film and music coverage, and regular lifestyle features, including popular local columns on food, cooking and gardening.

We also have a longstanding reputation for thoughtful news coverage and analysis. In recent years, we’ve won recognition for investigative journalism, garnering statewide and national awards for both journalism and advertising. We break local and statewide news, helping set the agenda for the capital city of  this major Midwestern state.

MJ Kellner Foodservice

MJ Kellner Foodservice is the only remaining locally owned foodservice distributor in Springfield.  We have been operating in the area since 1920 and supply quality goods and service to a variety of establishments in a 100-mile radius.

Our sales staff comes from the foodservice community and brings with them a wealth of knowledge.  We use this knowledge to partner with our customers to make a difference in the business they nurture every day.

Chick Fritz

WMAY/WNNS/WQLZ/WUSW

Mid-West Family Broadcasting is the only locally owned and operated commercial broadcast group in Springfield, Illinois.  The group features a balanced market-dominant group of radio stations with great demographic appeal.  Mid-West Family Broadcasting blankets Springfield and Central Illinois with four dominant broadcast signals and reaches an audience where newspaper is weakest… outside Springfield city limits.  The high quality product, cutting edge promotions, and support of local charitable events are designed to get results.

Our Story: How Fritz Distributing Began

Robert “Chick” Fritz, the largest beer distributor in Southern Illinois, was founded on July 1, 1947, in Mascoutah, Illinois. Following the death of his employer Fred Schopp, young Chick Fritz purchased Schopp Distributing. The newly formed Robert “Chick” Fritz held distribution rights for Oltimer Beer and Stern Brau Beer, brewed locally at the Star Brewery in Belleville, Illinois.