Board & Committees

Press Release!

We are very sorry to announce that the Champaign County Freedom Celebration (CCFC) will be cancelled for this year. This includes the parade, 5k race, and fireworks. The CCFC board waited as long as possible to make this decision but the recent announcement from the University of Illinois ( to cancel all summer events until further notice prompted this decision. The Champaign County Freedom Celebration started in 1949, and could not happen without the support of our community, including the University of Illinois, City of Urbana, City of Champaign, all local police departments, fire departments, public works, corporate sponsors, and support from citizens like you. As our country goes through this unprecedented crisis, we know that everyone looks forward to gathering together to celebrate our great nation. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all on July 4th, 2021. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at

Board & Committees

Event Volunteers

Ever wonder who makes this event happen? It takes the care and support of about 300 people in the community just like you! The Champaign County Freedom Celebration is 100% sustained through volunteers. Here is a listing of our all-volunteer Board of Directors and Committee.

If you would like to join us, please come to a committee meeting. The dates are TBA. We meet at the Champaign Police Department from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on those dates and the June 24th meeting will be at the State Farm Center in the NW Quadrant.

We are always looking for interested people to help out this year and for future years. To learn more, please contact us.

Champaign County Freedom Celebration

PO Box 452

Champaign, IL 61824-0452

217-531-3777 Hotline

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Position Name E-mail
Board President Gus White
Board Member/Secretary/Golf Cart Committee Tami Gillespie  
Board Member/Golf Cart Committee Pam Diorio  
Board Member/General Committee Chairperson Pam Lukemire
U of I Liaison Stacey DeLorenzo  
Board Member/Parade Coordinator Don Schlorff
Senior Tent Coordinator TBA  
Board Member/Volunteers Coordinator Linda Knox  
Youth Volunteers Coordinator Linda Knox
5k Race-Walk Coordinator Bethany Onwodi
Collections Coordinator Jaycee’s  
Evening Program Mike Koble/Gus White
VIP Hospitality Tent Estella White  
Board Member/ Vendor/Concessions Coordinator Lisa Davis
Board Member/ Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator TBA
Board Member/Float Committee TBA  
Historian Lynda Umbarger
Inventory & Purchasing Coordinator Lynda Umbarger  
Publicity Coordinator Marie Polk
Public Safety Lt. Joe McCullough  
Quartermaster Lynda Umbarger  
Board Member/Website Coordinator Gus White


Champaign County Freedom Celebration | PO Box 452 | Champaign, IL 61824-0452
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