Everyone’s Italian in September
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions on festivals, we are canceling our Italian Fest this year. The Chamber of Commerce is declaring “Everyone’s Italian in September” and will be promoting various ways that the community can participate following the current guidelines for social distancing throughout the month of September.
We have over 30 local non-profit organizations that participated and financially benefited from previous festivals and we are currently working with them to assist in hosting fundraisers throughout September.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
618-344-2884 or 314-283-1032
To get started simply download your passport at everyonesitalianinseptember.com, pick up a passport at one of the participating Collinsville Restaurants or the Chamber Office. If a passport holder visits 3 (at least 2 different) participating restaurants (Friday’s South, Bert’s, Sloan’s, Sandwich Shop, Old Herald Brewery, Joe’s Pizza, and Lottie Cafe) from September 8, 2020 through October 5, 2020 they will be eligible for prizes. The passport will list participating restaurants on the above site which is connected to the participating restaurant’s Facebook page. The passport holder must spend at least $10 per visit (not including beverages) to get a passport sticker. Please make sure to ask your server for a sticker (1 sticker per passport per visit) Curb-Side and Pickup are included in the program. There is no limits to the number of passports you can fill up during the program. Once your passport is complete, simply take a picture of it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org , private message (PM) it to the Collinsville Chamber Facebook page, or mail it to the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce, 221 West Main, Collinsville, IL 62234. All passports must be received by October 7, 2020 to be eligible for gift certificates. Click here to download your passport.
1st Prize $300.00, 2nd Prize $150, and 3rd Prize $50
All above prize amounts are gift certificates to the Collinsville Walmart Family Market.
In addition, watch out for social media posts to help promote our local restaurants for additional contests.
We will be continuously adding restaurants throughout the month of September. So, if you are a Collinsville restaurant owner or restaurant chamber member, email email@example.com or call 314-283-1032 and we will bring you a restaurant participation packet. If your restaurant would like to partner with a civic organization by assisting with a fundraiser, the Chamber of Commerce will be happy to assist you. Click here to download the Restaurant Participation Form
Yard Sign Sales
We are selling “Everyone’s Italian in September” yard signs. They will be available at the Chamber of Commerce and other local business. The signs are $20.00 each and are not dated so you can continuously use them in the upcoming years. Get your “Everyone’s Italian in September” yard sign, today! The yard signs are available at the Villas of Holly Brook 121 S Bluff Road – The UPS 5720 Beltline Store and the Chamber Office 221 W Main during business hours. Please call ahead to make sure they are not sold out.
Join in on the fun for the virtual kids coloring contest! Click on Louie the Lonestar Eating Spaghetti and print the page. Have your child color, sign their first name and snap a picture of the page they’ve colored. There are several ways to get the completed picture to us. Safety of the kids and social distancing is very important to us. So please private message (PM) the final coloring sheet to the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page. You can also mail it to the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce at 221 W Main Collinsville IL, 62234 with your name and contact info. We will display the pages in the Chamber of Commerce Office and on social media. There will be several winners picked throughout the month and winners will receive fun swag from “Louie the Lonestar” and First Community Bank.
Once your recipe is perfected, you need take a picture of it and email it along with recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org, private message (PM) it to the Collinsville Chamber Facebook page, or mail it to the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce, 221 West Main, Collinsville, IL 62234. All recipes must be received by September 30, 2020 to be eligible for the contest. We will then have a sponsor and a local chef pick the top 5 recipes and they will be printed in the 2021 Italian Fest Program.
This year our 5K Run will be virtual. All participants will have from September 18th through the 27th to run and post their time. This year the participants will receive an official Italian Fest T-Shirt and a $10 gift card from a random local restaurant. Click here to sign up for the virtual 5K run.
If your organization has access to a church or a place like the KC HALL, VFW, or American legion in Collinsville then you can host a fundraiser and create a drive thru event featuring an Italian meal. This idea came from Good Shepherd School as they rely on their booth to fund school trips. If you would like to do a drive thru event in Collinsville in September please contact the Chamber as we are putting the schedule in place and your drive by event will be listed on our website, giving the community an opportunity to mark their calendars for your event. It is up to your organization to practicing safe social distancing at your event. Another opportunity is for your organization to partner with a local restaurant and we will promote your date selected to dine at that restaurant where a portion of their sales will be donated to your organization. We will help match up restaurants and organizations as the forms are completed.
Please follow the link to purchase some Everyone’s Italian Merchandise. The proceed from this will go to the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.