McLean County Senior Expo


The 13th Annual Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home McLean County Senior Expo, Originally Scheduled For Wednesday, September 9th From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Has Been Cancelled Due To The Covid-19 Virus!

The staff at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home is saddened to announce that the 2020 Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home McLean County Senior Expo has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus.  We are fully anticipating hosting a 2021 Expo, and will be returning to Bloomington, Illinois' expansive Interstate Center for next year's offering.  The senior-friendly, handicap accessible Interstate Center provides visitors and vendors ample parking, comfortable space and voluminous seating on a single level and has become the perfect place to welcome thousands of senior adults in a one-day setting.  2021 Expo attendees will once again enjoy free parking and shuttle service to the door, free admission, free games and contests, free Taste of the Expo food sampling, free prize giveaways that will continue during the day, and so much more.  Also scheduled to return will be the "standing-room-only" Heartland Bank and Trust Company Expo Bingo and Money Seat Seminars, Oglesby’s Photographic Arts Photo Booth, Silent Bingo, Lucky Number, and a wide variety of new games and contests that are sure to challenge attendees of all ages.  The Calvert Cares Community Food Drive will also be offered, and every vendor or visitor who brings a non-perishable food item(s) will receive the opportunity to win and receive great gifts and prizes.  Event Coordinator and Calvert Funeral Homes Public Relations Director Chad Sparks was thrilled with last year’s event, especially the record-setting (almost 2,000 people) crowd that piled into the Interstate Center.  He admitted that planning for the 2020 Expo had begun in November, 2019, and because of the immense planning and preparation that goes into it, the McLean County Senior Expo has become a year-round event.  Said Sparks, “Our slogan, ‘Calvert cares about your family, Calvert cares about our community’ was the driving force behind the difficult decision of cancelling the popular event, and the safety of both visitor and vendor was considered carefully as the decision was reached".  Sparks went on to admit, "There is no time to rest from our labors, and we see the tremendous responsibility to give back to both family and community daily.  This event accomplishes that, and that is why we will make every effort to bring it back to our treasured communities in 2021”.

Because the McLean County Senior Expo has sold out vendor space every year of its existence, interested businesses and organizations who wish to be vendors at the 2021 McLean County Senior Expo are encouraged to contact Event Coordinator Chad Sparks at either (309) 827-7577 or at csparks@calvertmemorial.com.


The Calvert Cares Community Food Drive "Feeds the Needs" of McLean County

70+ McLean County food pantries will reap the rewards of this great community event!

In 1929 in the small, rural town of Clinton, Illinois, the Calvert name became forever linked with quality, compassionate funeral service and community commitment in the funeral industry.  Almost 75 years later, this family-owned company expanded its "family-first" service to Bloomington, Illinois, where their priority of family and community became even more apparent.  In an effort to provide for our communities and the many needs associated with its families, Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home and its massive McLean County Senior Expo created an event to feed the needs of these entities.  As part of the Calvert Cares Initiative, where “Calvert cares for your family and Calvert cares for our community”, Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home will once again be hosting the Calvert Cares Community Food Drive, an event to benefit the 70+ McLean County food pantries and Midwest Food Bank.

On Wednesday, September 4th at the Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home McLean County Senior Expo at Bloomington's Interstate Center (located at the McLean County Fairgrounds), the Calvert Cares Community Food Drive will utilize the efforts of all Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home McLean County Senior Expo sponsors, vendors, and visitors to gather food for our many McLean County food pantries. 

Each individual that brings a non-perishable food item(s) to the McLean County Senior Expo will receive a Denny’s Doughnuts and Bakery free doughnut coupon and will be entered into a cash drawing.  Collectively, we can impact our communities by feeding the hungry and helping the needy.  We hope that you will join us in this charitable outreach!




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