Vermillion Valley FCA Banquet Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Join us March 7th

    Come hear what God is doing in the lives of coaches and athletes in our community at our biggest fundraising event of the year! Brian Barnhart, the "voice of the Illini", sports announcer at WDWS-AM1400 and host of the "Penny for Your Thoughts" morning show, is our featured speaker. You won't want to miss it!

    Dessert will be served. There's no cost attend, but there will be an opportunity to financially partner with the ministry.

    Crossroads Christian Church | 3613 N. Vermilion Street | Danville, IL 61832
    6:00 – 7:00 pm | Dessert Buffet & Silent Auction
    7:00 – 8:00 pm | Program

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    Please register online by February 28th!

    Three ways to get involved!


    Sponsorship underwrites the cost of the event and establishes a foundation of major donors serving as a catalyst for ministry growth.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Host a table

    Table hosts are current FCA supporters who commit to filling a table of 8 adult guests (including host(s)).

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    Attend as a Guest

    Want to join us, but aren't associated with a table host? We'd love to have you. Please register online by February 28th!
    This event is for adults only.

    Guest Registration

    Meet Brian Barnhart


    "In 2023, Barnhart will be in his 22nd season as the “Voice of the Illini” after a long stint in professional baseball, including two years as the play-by-play voice of the Anaheim Angels. Barnhart serves as the voice of the Busey Bank Fighting Illini Sports Network, providing play-by-play coverage of football and men’s basketball and as the host of the statewide coaches call in program.

    A native of nearby Tolono, Barnhart graduated from Liberty University before beginning a 15-year career in professional baseball in 1986. In 1998, Barnhart was named the play-by-play announcer for the Angels and spent two full seasons with the American League club before returning to the Champaign-Urbana area in 2000.

    He currently is a news and sports announcer at WDWS-AM 1400 in Champaign, hosting the popular “Penny for your Thoughts” show weekday mornings. During the 2007 season, Barnhart was honored by the Illinois Broadcasters Association with the “Silver Dome Award for Best Sports Play-by-Play” for his call of Illinois’ football upset of No. 1 Ohio State. In 2008, Barnhart was named “Sportscaster of the Year” in the state of Illinois by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association."

    Taken from the 2022 Illinois Football Media Guide

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does it cost to attend?

    Nothing! However, there will be an opportunity to financially partner with the ministry during the event. It’s our biggest fundraising event of the year! We do require that all guests register online to receive a table assignment.

    Where is the event held?

    Crossroads Christian Church | 3613 N. Vermilion Street | Danville, IL 61832

    What should I wear?

    Typical dress is business casual. That said, it really doesn’t matter.

    Can I bring my kids?

    Unfortunately not. This is our only “adult only” event throughout the entire year. We want to maximize the number of adults in attendance to be able to influence kids throughout the rest of the year. If you’d like your kid(s) to get involved in the ministry, we’d love to talk with you. Give us a call!

    Anything we missed?

    Got a question that wasn’t addressed here? Give us a call or shoot us an email. | (217)480-7903