(TEUTOPOLIS, Illinois – November 14, 2023) Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation recently announced the Teutopolis Civic Center as the grant recipient of the Teutopolis State Bank Designated Fund.

With the grant funds, the Teutopolis Civic Club members are eagerly anticipating the return of the much-loved Candy Day event at the 4-way stop. The community is rallying to secure candy and insurance for the two-day fundraiser, with all proceeds dedicated to impactful causes. Primarily, the funds will support a merit award program, benefiting two graduating seniors, and contribute to the creation of holiday baskets for elderly residents who face challenges during colder weather. Approximately 50 festive baskets, delivered around Christmas, bring joy and provide a meaningful visit for those unable to venture out easily.

Any surplus funds from this successful candy day will be directed towards supporting the dedicated volunteers of the St. Francis Religious Education program. These volunteers, integral to our community’s deep roots in the Catholic faith, receive gift certificates to Kountry Kitchen as tokens of gratitude for their tireless efforts in promoting faith-based youth.

The Teutopolis State Bank Designated Fund is a fund of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation. It provides grants for projects that benefit the Teutopolis, Illinois Community in the following areas: civic, cultural health, health, education, and social services.

For more information, please contact Alex Pleasant at 217-342-4988 or alex@southeasternillinois.org.

Pictured L – R: Jerry Runde, Teutopolis State Bank; Patrick Kreke, Teutopolis Civic Club member; Kristen Bertrand, Program Officer, SICF


Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 2009 because of a merger between the Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and the Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1980). Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managing permanent and non-permanent assets for the long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois.