Join the Peoria Journal Star as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 high school student athletes at the annual Best of Central Illinois Preps awards banquet. The Best of Central Illinois Preps banquet is the Journal Star's way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories and passions. Sponsored by Citizens Equity First Credit Union (CEFCU), Mike Murphy Ford, and Ray Dennison Chevrolet Powerhouse, the banquet honors all the Best of Central Illinois Preps honorees in each sport and recognizes the overall players of the year, including male and female athlete of the year. Best of Central Illinois Preps athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.
We are proud to welcome National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee, Jim Thome, as our featured special guest. Jim will be back in his hometown in Peoria for a question and answer session about lessons he's learned and memories he's made during his career.
Doors open at 6:00pm. Event starts at 6:30pm. General admission tickets may be purchased for $50. General admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by guest speaker. General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker. Best of Central Illinois Preps athletes will receive an invitation with instructions for claiming your free ticket.
Best of Central Illinois Preps is presented by the Journal Star in partnership with Citizens Equity First Credit Union (CEFCU), Mike Murphy Ford and Ray Dennison Chevrolet Powerhouse. Thank you sponsors for allowing us to bring this event to our community.
How much do the tickets cost?
Tickets, which include dinner, are $50.
Does anyone beside the student-athletes receive a free ticket?
No, our sponsors have made it possible for all of our honorees to attend Best of Central Illinois Preps for free.
How will the tickets be released?
You can print your tickets at home or show your phone at the door.
Will there be assigned tables?
Only sponsors will have assigned tables.