The mission of America’s Gold Star Families is to provide honor, hope and healing to those grieving any military loss through active duty service in the United States Armed Forces. We include all branches of service representing all conflicts.

We are a 501(c)3 not for profit with no paid staff and 100% volunteer supported. All gifts are tax deductible and we have provided a convenient Donate tab on our home page.


Thank you to everyone who made our annual 5k Run / 1 Mile Walk for Fallen Heroes another success! Special thanks to each of our Sponsors who donated to America’s Gold Star Families.

5K sponsors for 2019

GENERAL Sponsors – $1000

  • America’s Gold Star Families Board of Directors
  • East Peoria Business Center
  • Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan

MAJOR Sponsors – $500.00

  • Congressman Darin LaHood
  • Peoria Leathernecks Detachment 081 Marine Corps League
  • Sid Ruckriegel, Peoria City Councilman At Large

CORPORAL Sponsors – $250

  • Brian Elsasser
  • Christine Schauble
  • In Honor of FA James D. Lear, US Navy
  • Lt. Col. (Retired) Jack McManus, USMC


PRIVATE Sponsors – $100

  • Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lester D. Bergsten, USAF
  • Representative Ryan Spain, 73rd District


IN KIND Sponsors


Hometown Hero Banner Project (Peoria)

Click link below for application.

Hometown Hero Application


Hometown Hero Banner Project (Pekin)

The​ ​Pekin City Council has ​authorized Parkway Drive from Sheridan to Court Street to install Hometown Hero Banners. Images of those who lost their life while serving active duty and MIA (Missing in Action) military personnel. Cost is $250 which is tax deductible.​ America’s Gold Star Families wishes to thank the City of Pekin for allowing this project to be part of their community!

Click link below for application.

Hometown Hero Application (Pekin)




2018 U.S. Form 990

*Organization exempt from income tax