Have Dinner with Doug Collins to Benefit Marcfirst

Get your tickets for an Evening with Doug and Chris Collins on Sunday, June 11, 2023 in Bloomington to benefit Marcfirst!

Evening with Doug and Chris Collins
Sunday, June 11, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington

Join us for an evening of dinner, drinks, and a Q&A with Doug and Chris Collins while supporting Marcfirst, a local Bloomington-Normal organization.

Tickets are on-sale now at dinnerwithdougcollins.com

Doug Collins is an ISU Legend, four-time NBA All-Star, First-Team All-American at ISU, and College Basketball Hall of Famer. He coached famous athletes like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen!

Chris Collins is the 2022-2023 Big Ten Coach of the Year, current head men’s basketball coach at Northwestern, and Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year.

All money raised at the event directly benefits Marcfirst’s future growth.

Marcfirst helps kids, teens, and adults with and without disabilities. They offer various therapies for kids with disabilities or delays including ABA Therapy (the gold standard of treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder), Speech & Language Therapy, Physical Therapy, and even Aquatics Therapy. For teens, Marcfirst has a Transition program that helps support young adults as they transition from high school to the “real world.” Some of the adult programs include supported employment program, supportive living, community day services, and a wellness program that partners with Carle Health and Fitness. They also offer a Behavioral Health Clinic that assists those with mental health disorders of all ages (kids – adults) with and without disabilities.


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