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Illinois Manufacturers Donate Candy to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois Ahead of Halloween

October 27, 2021

Illinois Manufacturers Donate Candy to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois Ahead of Halloween

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) today donated hundreds of pounds of candy to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois to help children throughout the community celebrate Halloween.

The candy was provided by a host of Illinois manufacturing companies including Ferrara, The Ferrero Group, Haribo, Jelly Belly Candy Company, Primrose Candy, Kraft Heinz and Mondelez International. The manufacturing industry in Illinois generates $304.8 billion in economic output each year – the single largest contribution by any industry. Food production is the largest manufacturing sector in Illinois, employing 93,000 men and women on factory floors across the state.

“Manufacturers not only anchor our state’s economy, but they also anchor our communities. We are excited to do our part to ensure children in central Illinois have a safe and fun Halloween season, regardless of their economic background,” said Mark Denzler, President & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois is doing amazing work to help youth become responsible citizens and we look forward to continued partnership.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois (BGCCIL) operates 17 sites in Springfield and Jacksonville, with plans to add five additional sites in the coming months. BGCCIL provides character building activities, academic programs and healthy activities for children from traditionally underserved backgrounds. Programming is geared toward delivering measurable outcomes that help children achieve success as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

“Our success depends on the support of our community, and we extend our sincere thank you to the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the businesses that worked together to spread some extra joy for our children this Halloween,” said Tiffany Mathis, CEO and Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois.

About the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA)

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is the only statewide association dedicated exclusively to advocating, promoting and strengthening the manufacturing sector in Illinois. The IMA is the oldest and largest state manufacturing trade association in the United States, representing nearly 4,000 companies and facilities.  For more information, please visit