Annual Joe Diffie event raises over $11,000 for St Jude Runs!

East Peoria St Jude Runs and The Avanti’s Dome in Pekin, IL are excited to announce that through the overwhelming generosity of its sponsors and through continued support of the musical talent, the annual Joe Diffie concert has raised over $11,000 for St Jude Runs this year. Recently relocated to the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin Illinois, the 2019 event has proved to be the highest grossing event yet.
Joe Diffie stated: “I look forward to coming back to Central Illinois each year for this event. With close family ties to the area, it is more of a homecoming event for me. Being able to help raise money for a charity that is very close to my heart is very important to me as well. The new venue is the perfect backdrop for an event like this”.

Aimee Seth (East Peoria St Jude Runs Coordinator) stated: “This years’ musical line up included a true “Pick Up Man” performance by our headliner Joe Diffie along with two fantastic openers in Matt Miller and Katelyn Smith. The outdoor setting at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin provided a great atmosphere for all in attendance and we are looking forward to the next event in what we hope to build into a regional festival type event for the entire family.
Lelonie Luft (GM of Avanti’s Dome) said: “We could not be more excited about bringing this event to Pekin. We are excited to start planning the 2020 event and growing this new partnership at the Avanti’s Dome”.

Information on the 5th Annual Event will be released in the coming months. There are plans to make the 2020 event, the largest yet! You can keep up with all the announcements and other St. Jude Runs East Peoria events by following them on their public Facebook group @St. Jude - East Peoria to Peoria Run

About Joe Diffie
Joe Diffie has earned twelve #1 Country Hits including “Home,” “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock from the Sun” and “John Deere Green.” He has earned over 20 top 10 singles, has released 13 albums and has garnered sales exceeding 6 million. Joe Diffie has won a Grammy Award, CMA Awards, and was once honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the Country Music Broadcasters.

About Avanti’s Dome
The Avanti’s Dome is Central Illinois’ premier event and sports facility. 33-acre complex, 76,000 sq. ft. climate-controlled dome, 4 outdoor diamonds. We are the event center of Pekin, IL! We host all kinds of events that Include sports: (baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse) and social gatherings: (weddings, banquets, reunions, birthdays, corporate meetings, craft shows, trade shows, car shows, fundraisers). Our facility and staff provide the best atmosphere for any event.
Find out more about Avanti’s Dome and upcoming events by visiting or by following them on Facebook at @Avantisdomepekinil.

About St. Jude Runs – East Peoria
St. Jude Runs is one of the country's foremost charity running events. Participants raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and run relay-style from East Peoria to Peoria, IL, home of the Jim and Trudy Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation.
If you would like to get involved in the mission of St. Jude Runs and help the children, please go to the web site at


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