Conference FAQs

  • What IS Project Linus Conference?Project Linus Conference is 4 days of education, inspiration, fun and sharing all things Project Linus. For 18 years, we have been gathering together annually in some fashion to learn more about Project Linus, how to manage chapters, basic and new blanket making techniques, and more. Take part in classes, booths, lectures, and networking with chapters and volunteers from across the country.
  • Who can come to Project Linus Conference?Project Linus Conference is open to anyone interested in learning more, and sharing in the Project Linus experience. Attendees must be 16 or older. (Or have previous approval from PLHQ. We cannot accommodate small children.)
  • How much does it cost to attend conference?The cost to attend our 4 day conference, which includes 7 meals, is $425. If you prefer to pay per day, you may do so. For all pricing options refer to our on-line registration system at the link above.
  • What about hotel accommodations?Conference is being held at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal Illinois. You can make your reservations now by calling 888-236-2427, or Online by clicking here. They have given us a special rate of $138.00 single or double occupancy and are available while they last. If you call in, be sure to mention Project Linus to get this rate. Reservations must be made by May 22, 2016.
  • What is the Blanket Challenge and how can I participate?The Blanket Challenge is a fun way to share our individual styles. It is fun to see how different the blankets can be when made with the same fabrics. Simply order a challenge kit on your conference registration form. Each year, we feature a special theme, which for 2016 is “Hooray for Hollywood.” Our packet includes fabric in this theme. Make a blanket using the challenge fabrics provided and ship your blanket to Project Linus National Headquarters by May 31, 2016. Blankets will be displayed at conference. It’s all for fun, and everyone enjoys seeing all the different and creative patterns and styles. Blankets can also be knitted, crocheted or fleece, but try to stay within the special theme - it’s completely up to your interpretation!
Make plans now to join us in “Uptown” Normal, Illinois for “Hooray for Hollywood 2016” conference. You’ll love this quaint downtown area with an eclectic mix of dining, shopping and entertainment all within just a quick walk. At the Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center you will find Central Illinois’ finest lodging facility!
  • DetailsWhen: June 15-18, 2016
    Where: Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
      201 Broadway St
      Normal, Illinois 61761
    Room Rate: $138 single or double occupancy
      be sure to mention group code Project Linus
Hands on learning Hands on learning Expert teachers, wide class variety Expert teachers, wide class variety Friday sessions, Q & A, chapter management, fundraising and more Great meals with new and old friends

Agenda Highlights

  • WEDNESDAY: Opening Session/Breakfast - Half Day Classes - EXPOOur morning will begin with a Breakfast/Opening Session after which EXPO will be open and half day classes will begin.
  • THURSDAY: EXPO and classesDemonstration booths include knitting, crocheting, fleece, volunteer gifts, quilting, and more. Also, exciting national and local vendor booths, Project Linus Store, and many new classes to choose from.
  • FRIDAY: MEETINGS, LECTURES, SERVICE PROJECTS, AND SYMPOSIUMGuest speakers, PL National Headquarters news, chapter management and support information, plus some service projects.
  • SATURDAY: JAMBOREE!A casual, fun and relaxing day to work on projects, try something new, or finish a project from a previous class. Sit and crochet, knit, sew, share, laugh and learn.
  • SATURDAY EVENING: CLOSING BANQUET AND ENTERTAINMENTTruly an event to remember, we will first feature a “Hollywood Glitz and Glamour Attire” banquet. Then our evening entertainment features Michael Carluccio. Michael, who stars in his “All American 1 Man Legends Show,” moves back and forth through the late 1950’s, the 60’s and 70’s with his ‘thousand voices’ from Frank Sinatra to the persona of the Rock and Roll era: Neil Diamond, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, George Jones, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marty Robins, Willie Nelson, and, of course, the King – Elvis Presley!
  • SUNDAY MORNING: SPECIAL SUPPLY SALEWe will be selling many of the supplies and machines you’ve used at conference at a special discount.