About RiverBender.com


RiverBender.com is a local portal and community website created to bring renewed interest to all that the River Bend area has to offer, and to help revitalize the local economy. The site, which launched on Halloween day 2005, was created by Alton native John Hentrich and his wife, Dawn, who had been involved in Internet marketing and website design for over a decade. Their first successful business, World Wide Wheels, was sold to AutoTrader.com and the profits have been used to create RiverBender.com. The motivation behind their efforts is to see the area prosper and generate more local business.

In October of 2007, RiverBender.com received a Captain of the River Bend award from the Growth Association of Southwestern Illinois for outstanding commitment to the River Bend Region for community involvement.

In December of 2017, RiverBender.com was named Small Business of the Month by the RiverBend Growth Association. Click here to read that article.

RiverBender.com offers visitors local news and weather, autos, real estate, free classifieds, a business directory, high school sports, community videos, a restaurant and entertainment guide, coupons and shopping, a community calendar of events, and so much more. Our goal is to be a complete resource for everything local.


In November of 2009, John & Dawn Hentrich, with the help of many generous volunteers and sponsors, opened the RiverBender.com Community Center. The center is a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art entertainment and educational facility primarily geared toward students in grades 6 – 12, but there are events and educational opportunities for people of all ages.

The Riverbender.com Community Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that provides services to the youth of Alton and the surrounding Riverbend Communities. The Riverbender.com Community Center has been developed to provide teens a safe and fun alternative to at-risk behaviors and negative peer pressure. If you are interested in volunteering, contributing financially, or would like more information, please contact us.

The Riverbender.com Community Center is available to rent for meetings, corporate outings, conferences, parties, field trips, lock-ins, and more. View videos of some of our great events, or take a virtual tour of the Community Center!